Round 2 Scores
TANAGURA, Japan -- Washington took a slim lead at the Japan's Topy Cup after firing a round of 8-under 272 for the second straight day. The Dawgs lead UAB by one stroke and Japan's Tohoku Fukushi University by three strokes.
Washington came into the day trailing Tohoku Fukushi by three strokes, but made up six strokes on the top Japanese team in the tournament so far. The Blazers of UAB picked up one stroke with a round of 271 and moved into second place, making it a three-team race for the final round on Thursday.
Cheng Tsung-Pan led the Dawgs with an excellent round of 64 to move all the way into a tie for second. He trails Sam Love of UAB for individual medalist honors by two strokes. Pan fired identical 32's for each nine, making six birdies without a bogey to show why he is currently the sixth-ranked amateur in the world.
Also with rounds under par on Wednesday were Corey Pereira and Jonathan Sanders who each finished with 1-under par rounds of 69. Pereira is tied for eighth, three under for the tournament, while Sanders is tied for 11th after a second-straight round of 1-under.
Rounding out the scoring for round two was Trevor Simsby who shot an even-par round of 70. Simsby is now 2-under for the championship and tied with Sanders for 11th.
Freshman Kevin Kwon backed up his opening 67 with a round of 2-over 72 and is now tied for 15th at 1-under par.
The Dawgs will be out on the course for the third round on Thursday as they attempt to win their first tournament of the season.
While Washington is fighting it out in Japan, the Dawgs also sent five individuals to the Palouse for Washington State's Itani Quality Homes Collegiate. Washington did not compete as a team, but did have some quality individual results.
Leading the way was Chris Babcock who finished tied for 13th with a three-day total of even-par 210. He had a pair of 69's before finishing with a round of 72.
Gerrit Chambers also played well, matching Babcock's 69's for the first two days, before closing with a 73. He finished tied for 16th with a three-day total of 1-over 211.
Tyler Salsbury was just two strokes back of Chambers, finishing with a total of 3-over 213. He opened with a 69, before rounds of 71 and 73 to finish in a tie for 19th.