SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – No. 17 Washington is in contention after a long day of 36 holes at the Western Intercollegiate at the Pasatiempo Golf Club. The Dawgs are 2-over for the tournament, sitting in second place just six shots back of tournament leader, No. 4 Stanford.
Washington got off to a great start, finishing the first round at 3-under 347. The Huskies were just two shots back of No. 3 California after round one and tied with the Cardinal in second place. The Western Intercollegiate uses an unusual format with six players competing and five scores counting.
The Dawgs came back in the second round to shoot 5-over 355, surpassing the Golden Bears, but dropping behind Stanford. The Cardinal is at 4-under for the tournament, six shots better than Washington, who is two shots up on third-place Cal.
The Dawgs were led by Trevor Simsby who is tied for the overall lead with Patrick Rodgers and Cameron Wilson of Stanford at 6-under. Simsby finished with scores of 3-under 67 for both rounds to give himself a chance at an individual win on Sunday. The senior made five birdies and two bogeys in each round as he went toe to toe with the players currently ranked first and third in the nation.
Also playing well for the Dawgs was Jonathan Sanders, who matched Simsby’s 67 in the first round, before a 2-over 72 in round two. Sanders is currently tied for 11th as he looks for his fourth-straight tournament with a top-10 finish.
Just one stroke back of Sanders is freshman Corey Pereira at even par. Pereira had back-to-back rounds of even-par 70 and is tied for 14th. He made seven birdies on the day, including four on par 5’s.
All alone in 24th place is Cheng-Tsung Pan at 2-over par. Pan fired a round of 2-over 72 in the morning, before coming back with an even-par 70 in the afternoon.
The final Husky to have his scores used in both rounds was Gerrit Chambers. Chambers finished at 7-over for the day after a morning round of 1-over 71 and second round of 6-over 76. He is tied for 53rd for the tournament.
Chris Babcock rounded out the Husky squad 10-over in a tie for 75th.
The Dawgs will be back in action on Sunday for the final round beginning at 8:15 a.m. Washington will look for its first tournament victory of the spring, needing to make up six strokes on Stanford. Live scoring will be available at golfstat.com.