Strong Second Round Propels UW To First In Hawai'i
Feb. 7, 2013
WAIKOLOA, Hawai'i -- The Husky men's golf team combined to shoot 13-under 275 in the second round of the Ameri Ari Invitational on Thursday to leap-frog three teams and take a two-shot advantage heading into Friday's final round at Waikoloa Kings' Course on the Big Island of Hawai'i.
The seventh-ranked Huskies are 21-under (555) overall for the tournament, while No. 4 UCLA is -19. Texas is third at 14-under, followed by USC (-12) and Georgia Tech (-10) to round out the top-five of 20 teams competing at the 54-hole, three day tournament.
Chris Williams and Trevor Simsby are both 6-under 139 after 36 holes to lead the Huskies. The Ben Hogan Award watch list members are one shot behind co-leaders Pontus Widegren of UCLA and Cody Gribble of Texas.
Simsby equaled low-round for the tournament by firing a scorching 6-under 66. He birdied eight holes, including the first four he played. The junior would bogey twice during his magnificent round, but re-established himself in the title hunt after shooting even-par 72 in Wednesday's first round.
Williams, the No. 1 ranked amateur in the world, shot a steady 2-under 70 that included three birdies and just one bogey. The senior is trying to extend his already school record six win total.
Sanders, playing in his first road tournament, shot 3-under 69 - the only Husky besides Simsby to shoot in the 60's. The first-year player from Chatsworth, Calif. had five birdies and the lone eagle by a Husky.
Pan, who finished no worse than third if four fall events, sits three shots behind the leaders after his second-consecutive 70.
Freshman Chris Babcock shot a non-counting 75. The Shoreline, Wash. native is tied for 55th at 2-over 146.
Gerrit Chambers is competing as an individual and is tied for 79th after shooting a 78 and moving to +6 overall.
The tournament wraps up tomorrow with a shotgun start.