April 6, 2013
<class='caption'>Williams shot a season-low 67 in the afternoon to put him in prime position to add on to his total of a UW record six wins.
|2013 Aggie Invitational
Sat.-Sun., April 6-7 | Live Scoring
Bryan, Texas -- The Husky men's golf team is third out of 12 teams and Chris Williams is tied for the individual lead after 36 holes on action on Saturday in the Aggie Invitational at Texas A&M's home, The Honors Course.
|T1||Chris Williams (2)||70||67||137|
|6||Jonathan Sanders (4)||71||69||140|
|T18||Cheng-Tsung Pan (1)||75||72||147|
|T62||Charlie Hughes (3)||82||74||156|
|T62||Trevor Simsby (5)||79||77||156|
The Huskies, ranked No. 4 by Golfstat.com and No. 6 in the Golfweek.com/Sagarin rankings, were tied for sixth after shooting 295 (+7) in the morning. They responded in the afternoon with the lowest score during second-round action at the 7,146-yard, par-72 course with a 6-under 282.
"I thought it was a great day," Husky Coach Matt Thurmond said from Bryan, Texas. "We really played well in both rounds, particularly the second. We did a good job of battling and put ourselves in contention."
Washington is at 1-over after shooting 577. They are four shots back of second-place Kent State.
Second-ranked Alabama is running away from the field after ending day one 15-under par (561).
Host Texas A&M is two shots back of the Huskies, while fifth-ranked UCLA - the only other Pac-12 team in the field - is fifth at +7.
Williams, the No. 1 ranked amateur in the world, had one of his best days this season to put him in prime position to add on to his UW record total six victories. Williams shot 70 in the morning and followed up with a season-low 67 in the afternoon.
Although he was consistent throughout the entire 36 holes of action, Williams was not converting early birdie opportunities. Through the first 16 holes, he had just one birdie and one bogey. On his 17th hole of the day, Williams eagled the par 5, 8th hole which would be a sign of things to come for the two-time All-American.
"I think it was big," Thurmond said of Williams' eagle. "It seemed to free him up. He had been frustrated with the way he had been finishing his rounds. To have that come on the 17th hole and turn an even-par round into a 2-under round was really timely."
Williams carried momentum over into the afternoon. He would go bogey-free and have five birdies - including three down the stretch on the back nine - to propel him into the lead.
"Chris is just awesome," Thurmond said. "To play 36 holes on a really tough course and have just one bogey; it's just really exciting to see."
Kent State's Corey Conners would end up catching Williams on the leaderboard, long after Williams wrapped up his round, and enters Sunday tied at the top with a 7-under 137.
A trio of Alabama players is right behind Williams and Conners. Scott Strohmeyer and Cory Whitsett ended up tied for third at 6-under, while Bobby Wyatt shot 5-under and is alone in fifth.
Washington freshman Jonathan Sanders is right on their heels. He shot 71 and 69 to end the day in sixth with a score of 140 (-4).
Sanders got the morning off on the right foot with three-consecutive early birdies and then held on to end up 1-under. In the afternoon, he had six birdies and three bogeys to shoot 3-under.
"He's getting better every week," Thurmond said of Sanders, who has two top-10 finishes this year. "He's learning and becoming more comfortable. He is really good and is just now gaining experience.
"This is great for him, and now he gets to come out tomorrow with a chance to really have a strong finish and get another great learning experience."
Cheng-Tsung Pan is the only other Husky in the top-20, despite making just one birdie the entire day. The sophomore shot 75 and 72 to end day one with a score of 147 (+3) and tied for 18th.
Senior Charlie Hughes and junior Trevor Simsby are tied for 62nd out of the 72-man field after ending the day at +12.
Hughes shot a non-counting 82 in the morning before bouncing back nicely with a 74 in the later round.
Simsby shot 79 early and a non-counting 77 in the afternoon.
The Huskies will be paired with Alabama and Kent State on Sunday and will start teeing off at 8:33 local time from the No. 1 tee box.
|Course:Traditions Golf Club Par 72 - 7146 Yards