BREMERTON, Wash. -- Washington men’s golf returns home this week after a runner-up finish at the Topy Cup in Japan. The Dawgs will host an outstanding field at the Kikkor Golf Husky Invitational, beginning Monday, Sept. 16, at the Gold Moutain Golf Club in Bremerton.
The Dawgs will host 15 teams for a two-day tournament with 36 holes of continuous play on Monday, followed by the 18-hole final round on Tuesday. The team tournament will take place on Gold Mountain’s par-72, 7,124-yard Olympic Course. Meanwhile, each team’s individuals will play a separate tournament at Gold Mountain’s Cascade Course.
The field has a west-coast feel with seven Pac-12 teams, six West Coast Conference squads, as well as one team from each of the Big West and the Mountain West. Washington is the top-ranked team in the field according to the season-opening GolfWorld/Nike Golf Coaches Poll. The Dawgs are ranked No. 5, while USC is No. 20 and Arizona State, Oregon and St. Mary’s are also receiving votes. The rest of the field consists of BYU, UC Davis, Gonzaga, Oregon State, Pacific, Pepperdine, San Diego, San Diego State, Utah and Washington State. Division-II Saint Martin’s will also have players in the individual tournament.
The Dawgs lineup will be the same five players as the Topy Cup, where UW finished second behind Japan’s Tohoku Fukushi University. The lineup includes Cheng Tsung-Pan, Corey Pereira, Trevor Simsby, Jonathan Sanders and Kevin Kwon.
Playing in the individual tournament at the Cascade Course will be the rest of the Huskies roster. Chris Babcock, Kyle Bowser, Gerrit Chambers, Tyler Salsbury and Shane Wathanasaynee opened in Pullman last week and will compete as individuals.
Last season, Washington won its home tournament by nine strokes over runner-up Texas A&M. The Dawgs were the lone team under par at -2, while also getting an individual win from Pan. Pan finished with a total of 5-under 211 to win by four strokes.
The Kikkor Golf Husky Invitational is the second of four fall tournaments for Washington. They will not compete again until mid-October when they travel to Atlanta for the United State Collegiate.