SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – No. 17 Washington is back in action this week at the Transamerica-WFG Western Intercollegiate Championship. The Dawgs will compete on April 12 and 13 at Pasatiempo Golf Club in one of the oldest tournaments in college golf.
The 68th annual Western Intercollegiate will feature five top-25 teams with No. 3 California, No. 4 Stanford, No. 12 Texas and No. 22 USC joining the Dawgs in the field. Also competing will be San Jose State, SMU, Arizona State, Hawai’i, Memphis, Oregon, San Diego State, UC Irvine and UTEP.
The 2014 tournament will be played in honor of World Golf Hall of Famer Ken Venturi, who won the tournament in 1951 and 1953. Last season, California took the team title, but San Jose State has the all-time lead in Western Intercollegiate championships with 12.
The Dawgs have two titles in the Western Intercollegiate, including 1999 and 2002. In 2002, Conner Robbins captured the individual title to lead the Dawgs to a team score of 834, which was the record in the five, count four format.
This season, the tournament will be played with six players, counting five scores, an unusual format for college golf. This format has been used since 2010 and also from 1979-1989 with the low score of 1,038 in that format coming from Oregon in 2010.
Washington will play with a lineup led by Trevor Simsby who is coming off a fifth-place finish at the Redhawk Invitational earlier this week. He will be followed by Jonathan Sanders, Corey Pereira, Cheng-Tsung Pan, Gerrit Chambers and Chris Babcock. Sanders has also been playing well of late with three-straight top-10’s, including a win at Bandon Dunes last month.
As a team, Washington has placed in the top four at each tournament this spring, but has yet to grab a victory. The Dawgs have runner-up finishes at each of the Waikoloa Intercollegiate, The Prestige at PGA West and the Redhawk Intercollegiate.
Live scoring for all three rounds will be available at golfstat.com. The teams will play 36 holes on Saturday with an 18-hole final round on Sunday. Each day will be an 8:15 a.m. shotgun start.