May 18, 2013
Cheng-Tsung<!> Pan's win is the third time in four years the Huskies have captured the individual title in a NCAA Regional.
|NCAA Regionals (Tallahassee, Fla.)
Thurs.-Sat., May 16-18 | Final Results
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Washington sophomore Cheng-Tsung Pan won the NCAA Regional individual title Saturday in Tallahassee, Fla. by three strokes and the top-seeded Huskies ended up second as a team to earn a spot in the NCAA Championship, May 28-June 2 at the Capital City Club in Atlanta, Ga.
|1||Cheng-Tsung Pan (2)||67||67||67||201|
|T14||Chris Williams (1)||68||71||71||210|
|T14||Charlie Hughes (5)||71||65||74||210|
|T25||Trevor Simsby (3)||70||72||71||213|
|T42||Jonathan Sanders (4)||73||74||73||220|
Pan fired his third consecutive round of 67 at Golden Eagle Golf and Country Club to finish 15-under 201 for the tournament. North Florida's MJ Maguire, Florida State's Chase Seiffert and Daniel Walker of Richmond ended up second with a three-day total of 204 (-12).
It marked the second-straight year and third time in four years that a Husky golfer has claimed medalist honors at a NCAA Regional.>Chris Williams finished first at last year's NCAA Regional in Norman, Okla. and current PGA Tour player Richard Lee won in 2010.
The Huskies had to settle for second as a team as North Florida rallied late to earn a three-shot win. Washington combined to shoot 6-under 282 and finished an impressive 31 strokes under par overall with a total of 833. North Florida shot 281 and finished -34 overall.
The Huskies had contributions from all five golfers during the week, but none was more masterful than Pan. The first team All-Pac-12 performer carved up the 6,965-yard, par-72 course all three days and was headed toward a record-setting day before finding water twice led to a double-bogey, bogey finish. Before that, Pan was bogey free and 8-under through 16 holes.
"He was awesome this week," 12th-year coach Matt Thurmond said. "He had been struggling a little bit lately so it was great to see him make a bunch of birdies and smiling on the golf course.
"He really absolutely dominated the tournament."
After Pan, the Huskies were led on the leaderboard by their two seniors. Hogan Award finalist>Chris Williams and>Charlie Hughes ended up tied for 14th after finishing with a 54-hole total of 210 (-6).
Williams shot a final round 71, while Hughes shot a non-counting 74. For Hughes, the three-day total of 210 equaled a career low.
Junior>Trevor Simsby duplicated Williams' 71 and ended up with a total of 213 (-3). The honorable mention All-Pac-12 golfer ended up tied for 25th.
Freshman>Jonathan Sanders finished up his first taste of NCAA post-season golf with a 1-over 73. He tied for 42nd with a total of 220 (+4).
UW appeared to be heading towards a team title before a hiccup down the stretch cost them. The Huskies' four counting scorers finished 3-over during the final three-hole stretch while North Florida's golfers combined to go 4-under during the same period. At the end, Thurmond gave all credit to North Florida, which ended all three days of play atop the leaderboard.
"We played great all week," he said. "We wanted to win and we were pushing for that, but North Florida played awesome.
"We didn't give it to them. We gave them everything we had, but they kept making birdies at the end. I don't feel like we lost anything at all. They won and we gave them a run, but it was their week."
Nonetheless, Washington earned its 10th trip to the NCAA Championship in 12 years under Thurmond and 24th all-time in UW history.
"I'm proud of that," Thurmond said of directing his 10th team to nationals. "Getting through regionals is an absolute grind. You have to be really good. That we haven't gone only two times in 12 years means a lot to me. "
Joining Washington and North Florida at the NCAA Championship will be Florida State, Georgia Tech and Oklahoma, which beat South Florida in a one-hole playoff to secure the fifth and final spot.
Walker earned the one spot reserved for individuals from non-advancing teams.
A total of 30 teams will advance from the six regions, plus six individuals to make up the championship field. Teams will compete in 54 holes of stroke play with the top-eight teams advancing to three rounds of match play.
NOTES: Matt Thurmond and>Chris Williams will travel from Florida to Fort Worth, Texas for the Hogan Award ceremony, Monday at Colonial Country Club. Williams, Michael Kim of Cal and Julien Brun of TCU are the three finalist for the award given to the nation's top college golfer. Live streaming of the event will be show starting at 3:00 p.m PT at benhoganaward.com.
|Course:Golden Eagle Country Club: NCAA Regional Par 72 - 6965 Yards
|The top 5 teams advance to the Championship
(Ties will be resolved.)