All-America Duo Carries UW On Monday
Sept. 17, 2012
BREMERTON, Wash. -- Washington's pair of All-America golfers picked up where they left off last season helping the Huskies shoot 3-under 573 in the first day of action at the season-opening Kikkor Golf Husky Invitational and Cornhole Championship on Monday at Gold Mountain Golf Complex.
The fifth-ranked Huskies are six strokes clear of the field, leading Texas A&M who shot 3-over 579. The Aggies are the only other team out of 15 that are under double-digits over par.
Sophomore Cheng-Tsung Pan ended up shooting 69 and 66 to finish at 9-under and Chris Williams shot 69 and 71 to end up a -4 through 36 holes of action on the 7,124-yard, par-72 Olympic Course at Gold Mountain. Pan is first among individuals, while Williams is second heading into the final round.
Pan's afternoon round was a thing of brilliance. He notched seven birdies and had just one bogey. His morning wasn't too bad either. He had six birdies that were countered by three bogeys on the way to a 69.
Right from the start of the day, Pan felt he had things dialed in, especially his putting.
"I had maybe 27 or 28 putts, so my putting was really good today," Pan said.
"A 66 here is a good start. I like the way I am playing right now. I'm much more aggressive."
Williams had a few more bogeys than he typically notches, but still was able to have nine birdies and an eagle during his 36 holes.
"It's easy to think that they are going to come out and dominate every tournament because often they are going to be the best players in the field," Husky Coach Matt Thurmond said about his All-America duo. "That still doesn't make it any easier.
"There are going to be plenty of days when they don't carry us and they don't have good rounds, but fortunately today our best players carried us."
Williams, the 2011 individual champion at this event, is the current No. 1 ranked player in the R&A World Amateur Golf Rankings, while Pan is seventh. Williams was a first-team PING All-American and Pan a third-team member in 2012.
Junior Trevor Simsby had a solid day for the Huskies too. He was 2-under in the first round and 4-over 76 in the afternoon. He is 12th among individuals.
Senior Charlies Hughes shot 75-77 and is tied for 33rd.
Freshman Jonathan Sanders shot 75 and 82 in his college debut. He is tied for 56th.
In the race for the team championship, Washington paced the way by shooting 5-under 283 during the morning and 2-over 290 in the afternoon. Texas A&M shot 292 and 287.
Saint Mary's is third at +11, UC Davis fourth at +13, San Diego State fifth at +15 and Washington State is sixth at +17.
In addition to the team tournament, an individual tournament is being hosted on the adjacent Cascade Course.
Drew Evans of Texas A&M shot 71 and 66 at the par-71, 6,707-yard track and has a four shot lead over a pair of golfers - including Washington's Gerrit Chambers.
Chambers shot 71-70 to end the day a 1-under.
Action concludes tomorrow with 18 holes of play starting at 7:30 a.m. The Huskies will tee off starting at 9:00 a.m. on the first tee.