Huskies, Trojans Tie For First At PGA WEST
Feb. 20, 2013
LA QUINTA, Calif. - Washington and USC tied for the team title in The Prestige at PGA West and senior Chris Williams finished tied for second among individuals at the Norman Course in La Quinta, Calif. The Huskies have now finished first three times this year, including ties at both spring tournaments they have participated.
Washington led for most of Wednesday's final round, but coupled with some untimely bogeys down the stretch and a stellar 6-under 278 in the final round from USC, the Huskies ultimately had to settle for a tie instead of an outright tournament win.
"From a big picture stand point you have to be happy that we have played two tournaments (this spring) and nobody has beat us yet," said Husky Coach Matt Thurmond, whose team shot 286 (+2) in the final round. "We have beaten a lot of teams and we have played pretty well.
"But, when you're out their competing for as many hours as we have for the last three days, it's tough because you think you should have won."
Senior All-American and Ben Hogan Award watch list member Chris Williams led Washington's efforts on the Norman Course. He ended up tied for second with two others with a score of 210 (-3). Williams was even par through 17 holes before a bogey on No. 18 left him at 1-over 72 for the day.
Pedro Figueiredo of UCLA finished five shots clear of the field at 8-under to claim the individual title.
Cheng-Tsung Pan was second among Husky finishers in sixth-place. He equaled the day's best round by UW golfers with an even-par 71 and scored 212 overall (-1).
Charlie Hughes equaled Pan with a 71. He was 2-over before birdies on No. 16 and 17 brought his score to even par.
Hughes and Trevor Simsby ended up tied for 17th overall. Both shot 3-over 216 for the tournament.
Freshman Jonathan Sanders shot 1-over 72 for the second time during the tournament and ended up tied for 40th overall with a 9-over 222.
The Huskies will return to action March 8-10 at the Bandon Dunes Championship.