Dawgs Near Top Of The Leaderboard In Hawai'i
Feb. 2, 2012
WAIKOLOA, Hawai'i - The Washington men's golf team is fourth out of 20 teams after 36 holes of the Ameri Ari Invitational and Husky freshman Cheng-Tsung Pan is fifth among individual competitors.
The field at Waikoloa's Kings' Course came crashing back to earth during the second round of play on Thursday after double-digit under par scores were the norm during Wednesday's action. The winds picked up during the second round and just seven teams shot under par.
Washington was among those teams in the red, combining for a 1-under 287. The Huskies are -14 overall and five strokes behind No. 1 ranked Texas. Fourth-ranked UCLA is second at -16 and 12th-ranked USC is third at -15. Georgia Tech is fifth at -9.
Pan, who shared the first round lead with current leader Pontus Widegren of UCLA, shot a 1-under 71 and is 7-under 137 for the tournament. Widegren was -3 for his round and is 9-under overall. Texas' Toni Hakula and USC's Jeffrey Kang are tied for second at -8.
Pan had five birdies during his round, but uncharacteristically notched two double-bogeys during the day.
"He played really well today. He's disappointed about the doubles, but he did a great job of not letting them get him down and he shot under par for the day," said Husky Coach Matt Thurmond.
Second among Husky competitors is Trevor Simsby. The sophomore shot a team-low 2-under 70 to move to -6 for the tournament. He is tied for sixth.
"He's been super steady," said Thurmond. "He is hitting the ball really well and he's handled the adversity very well."
Simsby's round started auspiciously with a double-bogey, but he went bogey-free from that point to remain in medalist contention.
Chris Williams also survived an early double bogey to battle back and remain in contention at the top of the leaderboard. Williams doubled his third hole of the round but it marked his only blemish of the day. Williams recorded three birdies from there and ended the day with a 71. He is 5-under overall and tied for 14th.
Friday's final round is a shotgun start with groupings including four teams. Washington will be paired with Texas, UCLA and USC.