STANFORD, Calif. – Playing in soggy conditions at The Goodwin, No. 19 Washington played easily the best round of the day to climb into fourth place within striking distance of the lead heading to the final round. The Dawgs finished with a second-round score of 7-under 273, one of only two teams with subpar rounds on the day.
No. 7 Stanford remains in the lead at 11-over overall, while the Dawgs are 10 strokes back at 1-under 559. No. 18 UCLA shot the other subpar round on Saturday at 2-under. The Bruins are in second place at 5-under, while Oregon sits in third just one stroke ahead of the Dawgs. USC rounds out the top five, four stroke behind UW.
A day after struggling in the first round in great conditions at the Stanford Golf Course, Washington took advantage of typical Seattle spring conditions. The Huskies finished with three players in the 60’s and another at even-par 70.
Chris Babcock led the Dawgs, shooting a round of 4-under 66. He had birdies on five of his last nine holes to climb up the leader board to a tie for sixth at 2-under for the tournament.
Also in that same tie in sixth place overall is Cheng-Tsung Pan. Pan fired a round of even-par 70 on Saturday, including three birdies and three bogeys.
Another big part of the Husky round was Trevor Simsby who shot a 2-under 68. The senior bounced back from a subpar first round to make three birdies and just a single bogey on his final nine holes after starting with nine-straight pars. Simsby is now tied for 26th at 2-over for the tournament.
The Dawgs other scoring round was Jonathan Sanders with a 1-under 69. Sanders also played flawlessly over the final nine holes, making three birdies without a bogey. He is now 1-over for the tournament, tied for 23rd place.
Corey Pereira shot a round of 3-over 73 and is now tied for 53rd at 7-over.
The Dawgs will continue with the final round of The Goodwin on Sunday as they look top chase down the host school for the tournament title. Washington will play with USC and Saint Mary’s for the final round as part of the second wave of tee times off the first hole, beginning at 8:50 a.m.