April 7, 2013
<class='caption'>Williams recorded his 28th career top-10 finish. He only trails Brock Mackenzie (32) on the all-time list.
|2013 Aggie Invitational
Sat.-Sun., April 6-7 | Live Scoring | Final Results
Bryan, Texas -- Washington finished third as a team in the Aggie Invitational and senior Chris Williams just missed out on another win and had to settle for fourth as two days of action at The Honors Course wrapped up on Sunday.
|T4||Chris Williams (2)||70||67||74||211|
|T6||Jonathan Sanders (4)||71||69||73||213|
|T14||Cheng-Tsung Pan (1)||75||72||71||218|
|T55||Charlie Hughes (3)||82||74||73||229|
|T60||Trevor Simsby (5)||79||77||75||231|
Washington shot a final round 3-over 291 to end up with a final total of 868 (+4). The Huskies finished four shots back of second place Kent State and 24 shots behind tournament winner Alabama.
"I thought it was a pretty good tournament," summed up Husky Coach Matt Thurmond, whose team was one-shot better than Arkansas and two ahead of UCLA and host Texas A&M.
The Huskies arrived just more than 24 hours before their tee times on Saturday after arranging their travel schedule so they could attend school on Thursday. On an unfamiliar golf course, with limited rest and a two hour time difference, Thurmond's squad responded well on the course. And with such a tough field on hand, he and his Husky quintet are pleased with the end results.
"We didn't play our best, but we competed well," said Thurmond. "Anytime we can finish third in a field like that, you're doing fine."
The Aggie Invitational field consisted 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) are in the top 25.
Williams, the two-time senior All-American from Moscow, Idaho, entered Sunday's final round tied for the lead and in prime position to add to his already school record total of six wins. He instead had to settle for a tie for fourth and his 28th career top-10 finish.
He shot a 2-over 74 to end the tournament tied with Kent State's Corey Conners with a three-round total of 211 (-5).
Williams started the round with a bogey on No. 2 but answered right away with a birdie on No. 3 and another on No. 6 to get to 1 under for the day. He immediately followed with three-straight bogeys to make the turn at 2 over.
He would birdie No.'s 10 and 12 to get back to even for the day, but finished out with two more bogeys to get back to 2 over.
Alabama swept the top-three spots on the leaderboard, led by Cory Whitsett who earned the win by finishing at 8-under 208. Teammates Bobby Wyatt (-7) and Scott Strohmeyer (-6) took home second and third, respectively.
UW freshman Jonathan Sanders earned his third top-10 finish of the year, tying for sixth overall with a score of 213 (-3). It was the best finish of Sanders' career and continues a trend of good play from the first-year talent.
"He had a good day yesterday and had a solid final round," Thurmond said of Sanders, who shot 1-over 73 on Sunday. "He just continues to get better and better."
Sophomore Cheng-Tsung Pan was the only Husky to shoot under par in the final round. He shot 71 to finish with a final tally of 218 (+2) and tied for 14th overall.
Senior Charlie Hughes fired a final round 73 and ended up with a three round total of 229 (+13). He tied for 55th overall.
Junior Trevor Simsby rebounded to shoot 75, his best round of the tournament. It let him finish with a final tally of 231 (+15) and tie for 60th.
The team has one final tune up before the Pac-12 Championships, April 29 through May 1. They will travel to Santa Cruz, Calif. for the Western Intercollegiate, next Saturday through Sunday.
|Course:Traditions Golf Club Par 72 - 7146 Yards