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UW Falls In Playoff To UCLA After An Impressive Rally
Release: 02/08/2013
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Feb. 8, 2013

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WAIKOLOA, Hawai'i -- The seventh-ranked Washington men's golf team rallied at Waikoloa Kings' Course on Friday to force a playoff in the Ameri Ari Invitational, but UCLA ultimately escaped the tournament with the team title.

The Husky men's golf team had all but resigned themselves to an impressive second-place finish at the 20-team tournament, but the equivalent of a buzzer-beater down the stretch gave Washington second life. Sophomore Cheng-Tsung Pan and freshman Jonathan Sanders both finished birdie-eagle over their final two holes to tie the Huskies and Bruins at 22-under 842 after 54-holes of play and force a sudden-death playoff.

The teams reconvened on the 17th-hole for a count four-out-of-five playoff where UCLA's quintet all scored par, while the Huskies had three pars and two bogeys.

"It was kind of a buzz kill to a very strong finish and great weekend for us," said Husky Coach Matt Thurmond. "We had a really rough start to the day, but the guys kept fighting."

T1 Washington 280 275 287 842
T2 Trevor Simsby (2) 72 66 69 207
T10 Cheng-Tsung Pan (1) 70 70 71 211
T10 Jonathan Sanders (4) 71 69 71 211
T20 Chris Williams (3) 68 70 76 214
T71 Chris Babcock (5) 71 75 76 222

Washington combined to shoot 1-under 287 on the day, which was impressive after the Huskies got off to a slow start that saw them shoot 8-over par through the first three holes. The slow start and UCLA's fast start gave the Bruins a lead that they would hold onto until the very end.

Trevor Simsby was the Huskies star this weekend on the Big Island. After starting Wednesday with a par-72, the junior Ben Hogan Award watch member shot 66 and 69 to end up tied for second at 9-under 207. Simsby was bogey free until a 5 on the par-4 16th hole, but his fourth birdie of the day on the final hole allowed him to finish 3-under for the day.

"Trevor was tremendous all week and his play really validated him," said Thurmond in reference to Simsby's inclusion on Hogan Watch List.

Pan and Sanders each finished at 5-under to notch 10th-place overall finishes. The duo each registered 71's on the day. Pan had finished no worse than third in four fall tournaments, while Sanders' result established a new career best.

Chris Williams, the current No. 1 ranked amateur in the world, entered Friday's final round tied for third, but a 76 derailed any hopes of contenting for the title. The senior ended up 2-under 214 and tied for 20th in a field of 116 competitors.

Freshman Chris Babcock also shot 76 and finished 6-over 222. He tied for 71st.

Junior Gerrit Chambers competed as an individual and ended up 8-over 224. He tied for 89th.

Auburn's Dominic Bozzelli finished 11-under to finish two strokes better than Simsby and Oregon State's David Fink.

The Huskies return to action on Feb. 18 for the three-day Prestige at PGA West tournament in La Quinta, Calif.

Course:Waikoloa Kings' Course: Kings' Tees     Par 72 - 7074 Yards
current
position
team scoring rounds total
score
to par thru today 1 2 3
T1
4 UCLA
-22 F   -3 277 280 285 842
T1
7 Washington
-22 F   -1 280 275 287 842
3
  TCU
-15 F   -7 277 291 281 849
T4
8 Georgia Tech
-14 F   -4 283 283 284 850
T4
9 Southern California
-14 F   -2 291 273 286 850
T4
2 Texas
-14 F  E 279 283 288 850
7
13 Stanford
-12 F   -8 287 285 280 852
8
25 Auburn
-10 F   -3 281 288 285 854
9
14 Oklahoma State
-9 F   -1 288 280 287 855
10
  Arizona State
-1 F   +2 291 282 290 863
11
  Oregon
E F  E 287 289 288 864
12
28 Texas Tech
+4 F   +2 284 294 290 868
13
  San Jose State
+6 F   +3 296 283 291 870
14
  Oregon State
+9 F   +8 289 288 296 873
15
  Osaka Gakuin University
+14 F   +1 293 296 289 878
16
50 UC Davis
+23 F   +10 298 291 298 887
17
  Colorado
+25 F   +17 295 289 305 889
18
17 DII Hawaii-Hilo
+27 F   +10 293 300 298 891
19
  Hawaii
+38 F   +9 298 307 297 902
20
29 DII CSU-Stanislaus
+39 F   +10 307 298 298 903
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