BANDON, Ore. – No. 16 Washington made a charge toward the top of the leaderboard, but came up just short at the final round of the Bandon Dunes Championship. Although the team came up short, sophomore Jonathan Sanders finished off his first collegiate win, taking home medalist honors after finshing the week at 3-under 210, one shot clear of the field.
“I am super excited for Jonathan,” said head coach Matt Thurmond. “It was a huge tournament for him. His game really suits this course and he came and prepared and played well.”
Sanders fired a round of 1-over 72 to hang on for a one-shot lead over Matt Hansen of UC Davis.
“It was a big week for me,” said Sanders. “I wanted to prove not only to my coaches and teammates, but to myself that I can play at this level. I feel like I have been hitting the ball pretty well, but I wanted to focus on the mental part of the game.”
Sanders bogeyed three of the first five holes, but then rebounded by birdying six and not making a bogey the rest of the day. He had a big birdie on the 15th hole to help seal the individual medal.
“Jonathan didn’t start off well, but hung in there and just didn’t make any mistakes," said Thurmond. "It was awesome.”
As a team, Washington finished third at 18-over 870 for the week. The Dawgs finished the final round at 5-over 289 to finish seven strokes back of Missouri. UC Davis finished second at 13-over.
“It was a pretty disappointing week for the team,” said Thurmond. “We think we are better than that. This course requires a certain type of skills and we just weren’t good enough this week.”
Leading the way for the Dawgs on Tuesday was freshman Corey Pereira, who climbed to a tie for 12th after shooting a round of 2-under 69. Pereira made four birdies and just two bogeys to finish the week at 5-over.
The other Husky in the top-15 was Trevor Simsby. Simsby tied for 15th after a final round of 4-over 75. The senior finished at 6-over 219 for the tournament.
The other scorer for Washington in the final round was Chris Babcock who finished with a round of 2-over 73. Babcock finished the week tied for 55th at 15-over 228.
Gerrit Chambers finished at 14-over for the tournament and tied for 55th.
The Dawgs also had three individuals in the tournament, led by Kevin Kwon who finished tied for 33rd. Kwon had a final round of 4-over 75 to finish at 10-over 223 for the week. The other individuals were Shane Wathanasaynee and Tyler Salsbury, who finished 47th and 76th, respectively.
The Dawgs will now have a short break for final exams, before competing at the U.S. Intercollegiate at the Stanford Golf Course, beginning on March 28.