UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. – No.17 Washington made a late run at the Redhawk Invitational title, but ended up second, three strokes back of No. 15 UCLA. The Dawgs shot a round of 4-under 280, including seven birdies over each player’s final three holes to finish at 6-under 838 for the tournament.
Entering the day in a tie for second, it quickly became a two-team competition for the championship between the Dawgs and the Bruins. Washington got within two strokes midway through the round, before some mishaps and UCLA birdies widened the margin to as many as 10 strokes.
The Huskies would not go down easily, however, finishing in a flurry to get four individuals into the top-12 overall, but it was not enough to overcome UCLA who also made a couple late birdies.
UCLA won at 9-under, while the Dawgs were second at 6-under. Third place went to Arizona State who was all the way back at 3-over, while fourth place San Diego finished at 8-over after a disastrous final round for the team who came in tied with Washington.
Individually, Trevor Simsby led Washington, finishing in fifth place at 3-under 208. The tournament title went to Grant Forrest of San Diego at 11-under as he won easily after posting 12-under for his two rounds on Monday.
Simsby finished with a round of 1-under 70 with the course playing as a par 71, one more than the initial two rounds. He made three birdies and no bogeys on the back nine to help the Dawgs mount the comeback effort. For the week, Simsby led the field in birdies with 15.
Also with top-10 finishes for the Dawgs were Corey Pereira and Jonathan Sanders who tied for seventh with three others at 1-under 210 for the tournament. Pereira had a final round of 1-under 70, including two big birdies on 17 and 18. Sanders also finished well, birdying 16 and 18 on the way to a round of even-par 71.
The low round of the day for Washington went to Cheng-Tsung Pan with a round of 2-under 69. Pan made four birdies and two bogeys as he climber up the leaderboard into a tie for 12th and even par for the tournament.
Also competing for the Dawgs was Gerrit Chambers who shot a round of 6-over 77 and finished tied for 49th at 11-over.
Playing as an individual, Kevin Kwon had his best round of the tournament, 3-over 74. He finished tied for 67th at 16-over 227.
The Dawgs will return to action for their final tournament before the Pac-12 Championships this weekend at the Western Intercollegiate in Santa Cruz, Calif.