SAHALEE, Wash. – The Washington men’s golf team had eight players competing in the Sahalee Players Championship this week, a prestigious amateur championship just down the road from Seattle at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Wash.
The Dawgs had some solid results, led by Corey Pereira, who battled for the individual title down to the last couple of holes. Pereira, who was the Dawgs top finisher at the NCAA Championships as a freshman, entered play for Wednesday’s final round just five shots off the lead.
He continued his brilliant play, playing a final round that included four birdies and two bogeys for a 2-under 70. He finished at 4-under for the tournament, tied with Kurt Kitayama for second place. Mark Anguiano took individual title at 8-under 280.
Also playing well for the Dawgs was Cheng-Tsung Pan who tied for 10th. Just two weeks before heading to Royal Liverpool to play in the British Open, Pan finished at 3-over 291 for the week. He struggled with a first round of 4-over 76, but then was 1-under the rest of the way.
Incoming freshman Frank Garber had a strong tournament, tying for 27th at 10-over 298. The Kirkland native opened with a 7-over 79, but then backed that up with three solid round of 1-over 73.
A pair of current Huskies, Chris Babcock and Kevin Kwon, tied for 41st at 15-over 303. Babcock who was part of the championship lineup for UW this spring opened with an even-par 72, but could not match that round the rest of the tournament. Kwon, coming off a solid freshman season, had a best round of 1-under 71 to open the tournament.
Jonathan Sanders and incoming frosh Spencer Weiss tied for 45th at 16-over 304. Sanders got off to a solid start with an opening round of even-par 72 and closed on Wednesday with a 1-over 73, but a third round 83 dropped him from contention. Weiss had his best round on Wednesday with a 3-over 75.
Gerrit Chambers finished tied for 57th at 21-over 309. He shot rounds of 76, 73, 82 and 78 weeks after graduating from UW.
The Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA) partnered with Sahalee Country Club 14 years ago to create the "Western Swing" with the Pacific Northwest Men's Amateur Championship. The Sahalee Players Championship is the first leg of the swing, with the Pacific Northwest Men's Amateur being played the following week. The two championships combined with a primary goal of providing amateur golfers in the West an opportunity to play two major national amateur championships without having to travel to the East Coast. This year will mark the 113th Pacific Northwest Men's Amateur Championship, and will be held July 6-11 at Palouse Ridge Golf Club in Pullman, Wash.