April 29, 2013
Chris <!>Williams is one of five golfers that remains under par after 36 holes of play at the Pac-12 Championship.
|2013 Pac-12 Championship
Mon.-Wed., April 29-May 1 | Day 1 Results
LOS ANGELES -- Washington had rounds of 349 and 360 during the first day of action at the Pac-12 Men's Golf Championship on Monday and is third halfway through the tournament at Los Angeles Country Club.
|T3||Chris Williams (6)||68||68||-4|
|T6||Trevor Simsby (4)||68||72||E|
|T20||Charlie Hughes (2)||70||74||+4|
|T20||Cheng-Tsung Pan (5)||70||74||+4|
|T42||Jonathan Sanders (3)||76||72||+8|
|T52||Gerrit Chambers (1)||73||78||+11|
The Huskies' total of 709 (+9) puts them 14 strokes behind tournament leader California (-5) and five strokes behind second-place UCLA (+4).
"I feel pretty good," Huskies Coach Matt Thurmond said. "I thought the guys competed really well today. We lost a few strokes at the end, but so did everyone else. It got really difficult out there.
"I think we're in a good position and it was so much better than we had been playing."
The Huskies, Bears and Bruins did a nice job of separating themselves from the rest of the competition. Fourth-place Stanford leads a muddled rest of the field after a 36-hole total of 727 (+27). Teams fourth through 11 are within 12 strokes of each other.
Senior All-America candidate and Ben Hogan Award semifinalist Chris Williams shot rounds of 68 and 68 at the 7,236 yard, par 70 course to pace the Huskies' efforts. He is tied for third at 4 under overall.
"Chris had a really good day," Thurmond said of his senior who is the No. 1 ranked amateur in the world. "He was just rock solid all day. He made very few mistakes, if any. He was just real steady."
Williams carded three bogeys during 36 holes of play, including just one during the tougher afternoon round. He had three birdies in his second 18 and four during the morning.
Cal teammates Max Homa (-9) and Michael Weaver (-6) are one-two on the leaderboard. Williams is tied with UCLA's Jonathan Garrick at -4.
UCLA's Anton Arboleda is the only other golfer under par and is fifth at -2.
Trevor Simsby is second among Huskies after shooting 68-72. His even-par score of 140 ties him for sixth with five other competitors.
"I'm excited for Trevor. For how big of a struggle it has been for him, I'm really proud of him," Thurmond said of his junior that has not finished better than 47th in the last four tournaments after four top-five finishes earlier in the year.
Freshman Jonathan Sanders is tied for 42nd a 8 over. He shot a non-counting 76 followed by a 72 in the afternoon.
Junior Gerrit Chambers is tied for 52nd at +11. He shot 73 in the morning and a non-counting 78 in the afternoon.
The competitors will play just 18 holes during Tuesday's second round. The Huskies are paired with UCLA and Cal and will tee off from No. 1 starting at 9:00 a.m.
While the Huskies will be able to keep an eye on the leaders, Thurmond is more concerned about staying focused on their own play.
"We're going to keep doing what we doing," he said. "We're only worried about ourselves.
"We need a low round and we haven't had one yet, but our guys are capable of it."
|Course:The Los Angeles Country Club: Pac-12 Tees Par 70 - 7236 Yards
|-5||0 - 0||E||338||357||-||695|
|+4||0 - 0||E||346||358||-||704|
|+9||0 - 0||E||349||360||-||709|
|+27||0 - 0||E||366||361||-||727|
|+29||0 - 0||E||358||371||-||729|
|+30||0 - 0||E||368||362||-||730|
|+30||0 - 0||E||368||362||-||730|
|+30||0 - 0||E||370||360||-||730|
|+32||0 - 0||E||362||370||-||732|
|+36||0 - 0||E||368||368||-||736|
|+39||0 - 0||E||369||370||-||739|
|+55||0 - 0||E||376||379||-||755|