STANFORD, Calif. – No. 19 Washington finished fourth at The Goodwin, hosted by Stanford. The Dawgs struggled early on as they looked to battle for the lead, but rebounded over the final nine holes to finish the final round at even par and 1-under 839 for the tournament.
After the best round of the day on Saturday in the rain, the Dawgs struggled with the sunny conditions out of the gate. No. 7 Stanford cruised to the tournament title, finishing at 25-under, including a final-round best of 14-under. No. 18 UCLA and USC tied for second at 8-under, followed by the Dawgs who were four strokes better than Oregon in fifth place.
The Dawgs caught and passed the Ducks over the final nine holes, although were also passed by the Trojans who played the final round in 8-under.
Jonathan Sanders led Washington for the second-straight tournament, firing a final round of 4-under 66. Sanders did not make a single bogey on Sunday, finishing with two birdies and an eagle on the par-5 seventh. After winning the Bandon Dunes Championship in Washington’s last tournament, Sanders added another top-10, finishing tied for seventh at 3-under.
Also with a top-10 for the Dawgs was Cheng-Tsung Pan who finished in a tie for 10th at 2-under for the tournament. Pan shot his second-straight round of even-par 70, making two birdies and two bogeys.
Washington’s third scorer was Corey Pereira who finished the final round at 1-over 71. The freshman was 4-over after just six holes, but battle back with four birdies and just one bogey the rest of the way. Pereira finished tied for 53rd for the tournament at 8-over 218.
The final Husky scorer was Trevor Simsby who finished at 3-over 73. The senior also struggled over the front nine, making the turn at 3-over, but birdied four of the first five on the back, before a double on 17 cost him. Simsby finished tied for 34th at 5-over for the tournament.
Rounding out the Husky squad was Chris Babcock who shot a round of 5-over 75. Babcock entered the day in the top-10 after a second round 66, but never got the same magic going on Sunday. Babcock finished tied for 28th at 2-over for the tournament.
The Dawgs will next compete at the Redhawks Invitational hosted by Seattle U. on April 7 and 8. The tournament will be placed at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash., site of the 2015 U.S. Open.