Washington Wins PING Arizona Intercollegiate
February 2, 1999
TUCSON, Ariz. - The University of Washington men's golf team carded a three-round total of 9-over-par 861 (284-286-291) and won the PING Arizona Intercollegiate by three shots here today at the Raven Golf Club at Sabino Springs (Par-71, 6,882 yards). The Huskies went into the final round in a tie for second place and shot a 291 this afternoon to help lift them to the victory. USC finished three shots off the pace after shooting a three-round total 864 (291-289-284), while UCLA was third (868) and Fresno State -- who was leader after two rounds -- finished fourth at 870 after shooting an 18-over-par 302 in the final round.
Florida and Arizona State tied for fifth at 871. The host Arizona Wildcats placed ninth at 879 (291-293-295).
"Since there were frost delays both mornings, we knew that we were not going to know who was in what position at the end of the second round," said Washington head coach O.D. Vincent. "We were not too concerned with winning, rather we wanted to play well as a team and have some good individual finishes. We need to keep improving as a team and individually so that we have a team that is in good position at the end of the year to win a national championship."
Individually, Washington's Robb Bergeson won the tournament by one shot after carding a three-round total of 4-under-par 209 (71-68-70). He entered the final round in a tie for fifth place, but used an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole to put him at 4-under-par with two holes to play. His victory was also aided by a total of just 25 putts in the final round.
"I putted well all week, which made a big difference for me," Bergeson said. "Since I did not know where I was going to be on the leaderboard, I thought that the best thing for me would be to be patient and play my game. I really had to grind it out on the last day. I eagled the fifth and that put me at 2-under with four to go. I had no idea where I stood, but I thought that was going to put me in pretty good position."
Stanford's Joel Kribel placed second at 3-under-par 210, while there was a two-way tie for third that included Arizona's Derek Gillespie and UC-Irvine's Mike Lawrence at 2-under-par-211. Gillespie entered the final round in first place, but shot a 3-over-par 74 to fall into the tie for third.
After the duo that finished in a tie for third, Fresno State's Todd Rose, Arizona State's Jin Park and Houston's Victor Schwamkrug finished in a three-way tie for fifth at 212.