ATLANTA -- Washington began play at the U.S. Collegiate Championships Friday, opening with a round of 6-over 294 to sit in a tie for 11th place. The Dawgs trail tournament leader Georgia Tech by 15 strokes. The Yellow Jackets at 9-under are five strokes clear of the field that become tightly bunched after that.
Washington is playing without top player Cheng Tsung-Pan who is traveling to China for the Asian-Pacific Amateur. On Friday, they were led by freshman Corey Pereira who shot a round of even-par 72. Pereira opened with a two birdies in the first four holes, but later made three-straight bogey to move over par. He closed with a birdie on 18 to finish with the even par round. Pereira is tied for 25th in the tournament with two rounds to play.
Also playing well was Gerrit Chambers who fired a round of 1-over 73. The sophomore made two birdies and three bogeys for a very solid round playing out of the fifth spot in the lineup. He sits in a tie for 35th after one round.
The other scoring golfers were Jonathan Sanders at 2-over 74 and Chris Babcock at 3-over 75. Sanders was even on the front nine, but made four bogeys and two birdies on the back and sits in a tie for 43rd. Babcock is in a tie for 48th after a steady round that did not have a birdie until the 18th hole.
Trevor Simsby rounded out the Husky squad with a round of 4-over 76. The junior is tied for 59th playing out of Pan’s vacated No. 1 spot in the lineup.
The Dawgs will be back on the course at the Golf Club of Georgia’s Lakeside Course on Saturday for Round Two of the U.S. Collegiate Championships. Washington’s tee times begin at 6:50 a.m., PT as they will be paired with Georgia Tech and UCLA.