NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. – No. 12 Washington finished with another solid round to finish fourth at the Gifford Collegiate at the Pelican Hill North Course. The Dawgs finished the 54-hole tournament at 5-over 845, nine strokes off the tournament champion, top-ranked Alabama.
“It was kind of a blah day to be honest,” said head coach Matt Thurmond. “Guys are out there competing hard and they were well prepared, but we just didn’t make many birdies.”
Tuesday, Washington finished with a round of 4-over 284, the same score it had in the afternoon on Monday. Washington’s final round was actually better than Alabama’s as the course played harder on Tuesday. USC finished three strokes off the lead in second, while SMU was third at 2-over. Washington climbed ahead of Northwestern after being in fifth place heading into the day.
“It was just an OK result,” said Thurmond. “We expect to be better than fourth, but we got beat by good teams. We’ll have better results; I still believe this is a really good team.”
Trevor Simsby led the Dawgs, finishing tied for sixth at 2-under for the tournament. The Husky senior has played well all fall, adding a second top-10 and has been in the top-20 in all four tournaments. Simsby shot a round of 1-over 71 on Tuesday, making a pair of birdies on the front nine.
“Trevor actually played even better than his finish,” said Thurmond. “He had a couple unfortunate breaks, but it was a really good week for him.”
The other Husky to finish in red figures was Cheng-Tsung Pan who was tied for 11th at 1-under for the tournament. Pan shot a level par 70 on Tuesday that included birdies on two of the last four holes.
Gerrit Chambers matched Pan’s final round 70 to finish tied for 30th at 7-over 217. Chambers was 3-under through 16 holes, but finished double-bogey, bogey to fall back to level par.
The final score kept for the Dawgs was Jonanthan Sander’s 3-over 73. Sanders finished 39th overall at 11-over 221 for the tournament.
Finally, freshman Corey Pereira shot a 4-over 74. Pereira finished tied for 21st at 5-over 215 after playing the first two rounds in just 1-over.
The Gifford Collegiate concludes the Husky fall season. The Dawgs had a solid fall that included winning their home tournament, the Kikkor Husky Inviational.
“We played well this fall,” said Thurmond. “I am no less confident in what our expectations should be for the spring.”