TUCSON, Ariz. -- No. 10 Washington sits in third place after a grueling first day at the Pac-12 Championships. The Dawgs fired an 8-over 368 for the first round, before having the second round suspended by darkness. Still, the Dawgs are at 15-over for the tournament, trailing only No. 3 Stanford and No. 4 California.
"It was a really windy day, which led to slow pace of play," said head coach Matt Thurmond. "We don't feel great about where we are, but we still have a lot of the second round to go and I think we can really finish strong."
The Cardinal are the lone team under par at 2-under, four strokes better than the Golden Bears. Stanford was also suspended, whlie Cal finished both rounds as one of the early teams out on the course. The Husky players still have between two and seven holes to finish the second round, which will be completed early Saturday before the third round.
The Dawgs are 17 strokes out of the lead and 13 back of second-place Cal. No. 20 Arizona State is four back of the Huskies in fourth place, while No. 20 USC and Oregon State are tied for fifth at 20-over.
"The guys are competing hard in tough condidtions," said Thurmond. "The top four guys played really well and we know how good those other two guys are and they will bounce back."
Individually, Trevor Simsby led Washington at 1-under as his second round was suspended after 13 holes. He is tied for seventh, but just one stroke out of second place. The overall lead is Patrick Rodgers of Stanford, the current top-ranked player in the country who is 6-under and has built a four-stroke lead.
Simsby shot a round of 1-under 71 to open play and has his second round at even par, before play was suspended. The Husky senior made seven birdies and six bogeys on the day to remain in the hunt for the individual title.
"Even par is a really good score out there," remarked Thurmond.
Also playing well for the Dawgs was Cheng-Tsung Pan who is at 1-over in a tie for 11th. Pan struggled a bit in the morning with a round of 3-over 75, but responded in the afternoon and had his round at 2-under before play was suspended with him on the 12th hole.
Freshman Corey Pereira is also coming through in his first Pac-12 Championships and is 2-over and in a tie for 13th. He shot a round of 1-over 73 to open the day and is at 1-over again the afternoon. His second round includes two double-bogeys, but also four birdies have got him back on track.
The final Husky in the top-25 is Jonathan Sanders who is at 4-over and tied for 24th. He shot an opening round of 1-over 73 and is at 3-over in round two with five holes to play.
Chris Babcock and Gerrit Chambers round out the squad after each opening with a 5-over 77. For the second round Babcock is at 4-over with two holes to play, while Chamber is 7-over with three holes left.
The Dawgs will complete the second round beginning at 7 a.m. on Saturday, before heading back out for the regularly scheduled third round.