Williams Leads UW In Second Round At PGA WEST
Feb. 19, 2013
LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Washington rode on the backs of its three Hogan Award watch list members in the second round of The Prestige at PGA West on Tuesday to move into second on the leader board. Once again, darkness set in and force many teams into the clubhouse with much of their rounds left to play.
Washington was one of seven team to complete its round and the Huskies shot a combined score of 3-under 281 on Tuesday, putting them at 4-under for the tournament.
UCLA was atop the leader board at 6-under, but still had one-third of its second round still to complete. Oklahoma State is third behind the Huskies at 1-under, but also has a big portion of its second round left to play.
The tables were turned on Monday when three Huskies were unable to finish their first round due to darkness. Cheng-Tsung Pan, Jonathan Sanders and Trevor Simsby were forced to return Tuesday morning with colder condition and wrapped up the first day 13 hours later than expected.
When all was said and done, the Huskies were 1-under (284) as a team.
All five Huskies were shuttled immediately back onto the course and collectively got off to a rough start. It took until midway through day two before they settled down and righted the ship with solid golf. By the time the day was done, the Husky quintet had positioned themselves for a run at the tournament title on Wednesday.
"I'm really excited about our round," said Husky Coach Matt Thurmond. "Today was a test of our mental strength as a team. We didn't finish yesterday's round real well and then got off to a poor start. But we really steadied ourselves and came back.
"We're in contention, and at the end of the day that is where we want to be."
The Huskies' three Hogan Award watch list members led the efforts on Tuesday.
Chris Williams birdied five of his last 10 holes on his way to a team-low 3-under 68. The world's top-ranked amateur player is on top of the leader board with two other golfers at 4-under.
Simsby shot a second-round 69 and Pan shot even-par 71. They are tied for ninth at 1-under 141.
Senior Charlie Hughes is 3-over and tied for 24th. Hughes shot 73 on Tuesday.
Freshman Jonathan Sanders shot a non-counting 78 and is +8 overall. He is tied for 54th.
Golfers that did not complete the second round will tee it back up at 7:00 on Wednesday. The third and final round is slated to start at 8:30 a.m.