April 5, 2013
|2013 Aggie Invitational
Sat.-Sun., April 6-7 | Live Scoring
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BRYAN, Texas -- In four spring tournaments so far, the Husky men's golf team has a pair of first-place team finishes and a couple of thirds. If Washington is to continue its top-of-the-leaderboard trend, they will have to bring its `A'-game to the Aggie Invitational at Traditions Club.
The Aggie Invitational field consists of 12 teams, all of which are ranked in the top 35 according to the most recent Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Four of the teams (No. 2 Alabama, No. 5 UCLA, No. 6 Washington and No. 8 Duke) are ranked in the top 10 while five additional squads (No. 13 Oklahoma State, No. 15 LSU, No. 17 Arkansas, No. 20 Kent State and No. 23 Texas A&M) find themselves in the top 25. In addition to the top-ranked teams, the individual field includes 18 players who are ranked among the top 50 golfers in the country (Golfweek/Sagarin).
The Huskies are used to tough fields and playing with pressure on their shoulders. With three Ben Hogan Watch List members on the roster - Chris Williams, Cheng-Tsung Pan and Trevor Simsby - everywhere the Huskies go; there are targets on their backs.
"There is a lot of pressure on those guys, for sure," Husky Coach Matt Thurmond. "It's one of the things that sometimes we are better at others at taking that pressure off. You don't play well when you have the weight of the world on your shoulders.
"As much as we can help them just go play, and have fun, and do what they do best, and not feel like they have the fortunes of our golf program or the rest of the team along with them, the better."
The Huskies have alleviated some of the strain on the big three thanks to contributions from the other two in the lineup. This week, that pair will be senior Charlie Hughes and freshman Jonathan Sanders.
Hughes has two NCAA championship appearances under his belt and Sanders has finished second and third among Huskies in the past two tournaments. This week, the pair will once again be counted on to provide supporting (and both are more than capable of starring roles, too) scores.
But, of course, Thurmond will still be leaning heavily on Williams, Pan and Simsby.
"From a coaching standpoint it's great to know that you can go to every tournament knowing that you have these horses that can carry you. Even when you have played poorly, they are going to be in the game," Thurmond said.
"It's really a nice problem to have."
Williams enters this weekend still ranked No. 1 on the World Amateur Golf Rankings, No. 22 in Golfweek.com's individual standings and 23rd in Golfstat.com's ratings.
Pan remains the highest ranked individual at 9th by Golfweek and 10th by Golfstat.com.
Simsby checks in ranked 39th by Golfweek.com and 37th by Golfstat.com.
The week, the Huskies and the others in the field will navigate the 7,146-yard, par-72 Traditions Course at the home course of Texas A&M. The field will play two rounds on Saturday and a final round on Sunday.
Washington is scheduled to tee off from the 10th hole paired with Arkansas and Texas Tech, starting at 7:30 a.m. local time.
Live scoring will be available on Golfstat.com and nightly recaps will be posted on GoHuskies.com with insight from Husky Coach Matt<!> Thurmond.