UNIVERSITY PLACE – After a gorgeous day on the shores of Puget Sound, No. 17 Washington is in contention after 36 holes at the Redhawk Invitational. Playing at Chambers Bay, the Dawgs sit at 2-under just two strokes back of co-leaders No. 15 UCLA and San Diego.
The Bruins and Torerros are at 4-under, while Washington finished with rounds of even-par 280 and 2-under 278. The Dawgs are three strokes up on fourth-place Arizona State and five over Oregon State, who is in fifth.
After a poor start to the day, Washington clawed its way back, making up four strokes over the final few holes.
“I am just happy with the way we finished today,” said head coach Matt Thurmond. “It’s such a long hard grind and we played our final holes really well to get back in it. That was huge.”
Trevor Simsby leads Washington through 36 holes after rounds of even-par 70 and 2-under 68. Simsby is tied for fifth at 2-under, but 10 strokes back of Grant Forrest of San Diego. Forrest shot the two lowest rounds of the day and has built a seven-stroke lead at 12-under.
Simsby got off to a rough start and was at 5-over after a double bogey on the 10th hole of his first round. The Husky senior got it turned around, however, birdying five of the next seven holes to get his first round back to even par. In the second round, Simsby again got off to a slow start, before four birdies over his final eight holes.
Also under par for Washington is Jonathan Sanders at 1-under. Sanders shot rounds of 2-under 68 and 1-over 71. He made five birdies in his first round, before a steady second round of one birdie, but just two bogeys.
At even-par for the tournament in a tie for 15th is Corey Pereira after a pair of 70’s. The freshman made eight birdies on the day, but also four bogeys and a pair of double-bogeys.
Rounding out the Husky squad were Cheng-Tsung Pan and Gerrit Chambers. Pan shot a round of 3-over 73 in the first round, but bounced back with a 1-under 69. He is tied for 21st, while Chambers is tied for 35th at 5-over. Chambers had his score kept in the first round with a 2-over 72, before a 3-over 73 in round two.
The Dawgs also had Kevin Kwon playing as an individual. He is tied for 77th at 13-over after rounds of 5-over 75 and 8-over 78.
The Dawgs will be back in action on Tuesday for the final round of the Redhawk Invitational. The shotgun start begins at 8 a.m. as Washington will be playing with the other teams in contention. Live scoring is available on golfstat.com.