ATLANTA -- Washington continued play at the U.S. Collegiate Championship on Saturday morning, firing one of the best rounds of the day to move up to 10th place. The Dawgs finished 1-under to improve to 5-over for the tournament. Oklahoma State claimed the lead at 11-under after the best round of the day at 7-under.
The Cowboys have a one-stroke lead over the opening round leader and host Georgia Tech. UCLA is in third place at 3-under par. The Dawgs were one of six teams to play under par in the second round, but still sit 16 shots out of the lead.
The Dawgs got a great round from senior Trevor Simsby who was playing in the No. 1 position with the absence of Cheng-Tsung Pan who is away at the Asian-Pacific Amateur. Simsby fired a Husky-best round of 2-under par making eight birdies on the day. Simsby had his round at 6-under before playing the final two holes 3-over to spoil what had been the tournament’s best round of the day. He is tied for 34th for the weekend at 2-over.
Also playing under par on Saturday was senior Gerrit Chambers who shot a round 1-under 71. Chambers played a solid round, making just one bogey to help the Dawgs climb the leaderboard. He leads the Huskies for the weekend at even par in a tie for 25th.
Washington’s other scoring golfers were Jonathan Sanders and Corey Pereira who each finished with rounds of 1-over 73. Pereira is tied for 29th at 1-over for the tournament, while Sanders is tied for 41st at 3-over.
Finally, Chris Babcock finished with a round of 2-over 74 and now sits in a tie for 51st 5-over par. The sophomore had a steady round, but double-bogeyed the 11th, before making his only birdie of the day on the 18th hole.
The Dawgs will complete the U.S. Collegiate Championships on Sunday, looking to continue to climb up the leaderboard. Although the Dawgs are 16 shots out of the lead, third through 10th place is separated by just eight strokes.