MARANA, Ariz. – No. 10 Washington had a terrific day at the final round of the Pac-12 Championships, firing a 14-under 346 to finish as the conference runner-up. The Dawgs had the low round of the day to pass No. 4 California into second place, trailing only No. 3 Stanford for the Pac-12 title.
The Cardinal entered the final round with a commanding lead, but Washington’s onslaught of birdies at least made things interesting. UW finished 15 strokes out of the lead after starting the day 24 shots back.
This was the fourth runner-up finish for Washington at the Pac-12 Championships and best finish since 2010 when the Dawgs won the title. UW now has five top-two finishes at the Pac-12 Championships in the past 10 years as it continues to prove it is one of the nation’s elite programs.
Cheng-Tsung Pan finished off a great weekend, earning runner-up honors as an individual as well. Pan played a flawless final round, making five birdies and just one bogey to shoot 4-under 68. His lone bogey came on 14, but he immediately backed it up with a birdie to hold off Cameron Wilson of Stanford for second place. His total of 5-under for the tournament was just two back of Patrick Rodgers of Stanford who took the conference title.
Pan’s runner-up finish was the best for a Husky at the Pac-12 Championships since Darren Wallace won the Pac-12 title in 2009. He becomes the fifth Husky to finish second at the Pac-12’s, while four Dawgs have earned medalist honors.
The Huskies top round on Sunday came from Gerrit Chambers who fought back from a tough start to the tournament with a 5-under 67. The first Husky on the course, Chambers made six birdies and just one bogey to jumpstart the Dawgs round and lead their charge up the leaderboard. He finished in a tie for 52nd overall.
Joining Pan with a top-10 overall finish was Corey Pereira. The Husky freshman made a strong debut at the Pac-12 Championships, finishing at 3-over in a tie for eighth. Pereira shot a final round of 3-under 69, making three birdies on an otherwise clean card.
Trevor Simsby bounced back from a tough third round to shoot even-par 72 and climb into a tie for 22nd The Husky senior ended his final Pac-12 Championships at 7-over 295.
Chris Babcock also finished his final round under par as the Dawgs did not keep a round over par. Babcock made six birdies on the day and finished at 2-under 70 to climb into a tie for 26th.
Jonathan Sanders rounded out the Husky squad with a round of 2-over 74. The sophomore played much better than his score, but took a quadruple-bogey nine on the second hole in a round that otherwise was under par. Sanders dropped to a tie for 16th, but still had continued his impressive play this spring.
Washington will now await its fate for the NCAA Regional Championships that will be announced on Monday. The Dawgs will be one of the top seeds at one of the three regionals, but will not know their destination until the announcement from the NCAA.