BREMERTON, Wash. -- Washington had a big day Monday, hosting the Kikkor Golf Husky Invitational and grabbing a sizeable lead after 36 holes. The Dawgs finished with a two-round total of 11-under 565 and have a 10 shot lead on second-place San Diego.
Cheng Tsung-Pan led the Dawgs with a rounds of 4-under 68 and 2-under 70. He’ll take a two shot lead into Tuesday’s final round over Joe Parkinson of BYU. The Husky junior made seven birdies in his morning round a then four more in the afternoon to reach 8-under, before bogeying 16 and 17.
“It was a fun day, said Thurmond. “Pan led us, which is going to happen a lot. He played really solid all day. He didn’t finish well, but the rest was just incredible.”
Also with a pair of under par rounds was freshman Corey Pereira. The Cameron Park, Calif. native, opened with a 2-under round of 70 that included five birdies and closed with a 71. Oddly, Pereira made just three bogeys per round and they came on the same three holes. He is tied for third at 3-under, three shots back of Pan.
“You have to be pretty special to be a freshman and waltz out here and shoot two under-par rounds,” said Thurmond. “This is just not the kind of place you do that as a freshman. It’s impressive and I think he is even frustrated that he is not doing better, which is exciting.”
Trevor Simsby also played well and is 1-under after having both of his scores used on Monday. Simsby opened with a solid 71 that included nine pars to start. He then followed that up with an adventurous second round of even par that included six birdies to make up for a couple of mistakes.
“I am really proud of Trevor’s afternoon round,” said Thurmond. “He had a really unfortunate lost ball in the rough and also had an unplayable lie, which caused a double and a triple. However, he still found a way to shoot even par in the afternoon. He kept battling back, which I thought was exciting.
Finally, Jonathan Sanders and Kevin Kwon each had one of their rounds used for the team scoring. Kwon played the first round in 2-under 70 to help Washington grab the first round lead. Kwon shot 77 in the afternoon and sits at 3-over in a tie for 31st. Sanders is tied for 24th after a pair of 1-over rounds of 73.
“Kevin had a really solid morning round to help us and Jonathan battled like he always does,” said Thurmond.
Washington will tee off in the last five groups on Tuesday for the final round. They will play with San Diego and BYU. The Toreros were the only other team under par at 1-under, while BYU had it well into red figures, before faltering late and currently sits at 2-over.
“I want to see us come out aggressive and hungry,” said Thurmond. “I don’t know that I will have a lot to say about it, but I just want to see how they do with a lead.”
In addition to the team tournament on Gold Mountain’s Olympic Course, an individual tournament is being played simultaneously on the Cascade Course. Five Huskies are competing in that event led by Tyler Salsbury who will play in the final group on Tuesday after rounds of 70 and 68. He sits at 4-under and is three shots of the lead of Thomas Lim of Oregon.
Gerrit Chambers also played well and is at even par, while Chris Babcock is 2-over. Chambers is tied for fourth, while Babcock is in a tie for 10th. The other UW golfers were Shane Wathanasaynee who is tied for 20th at 5-over and Kyle Bowser who is tied for 36th at 10-over.
“Gold Mountain is great and having the 45-plus individuals over on the Cascade Course is a special deal,” said Thurmond. “It creates a great environment for college golf.”