UW Stacks Up Well At PING-Golfweek Preview
Sept. 25, 2012
ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Chris Williams and Cheng-Tsung Pan tied for second among individuals and the Huskies finished tied for 5th at the highly competitive PING-Golfweek Preview which concluded at the Capital City Club in Alpharetta, Ga. on Tuesday.
Fourteen of the 15 teams in the field this week are ranked in Golfweek's top-25 and No. 6 Washington held its own. The Huskies ended up 14 over and tied with fifth-ranked UCLA.
No. 2 rated California and No. 4 Georgia Tech were declared co-champions after both teams shot 4 under for the day to finish at 5 over for the tournament. Defending national champs and third-ranked Texas tied for third at 13 over with 15th-ranked UNLV.
The Huskies finished ahead of No. 1 ranked Alabama, which ended up tied for ninth.
"It wasn't an amazing week, but it was a good week overall. I thought we competed really well," summed up Husky Coach Matt Thurmond, whose team shot 3-over 283 in Tuesday's final round.
"Obviously a better score today would have gone a long ways, but an outstanding final round by Trevor Simsby and Chris and Pan tying for second place in probably the toughest field of the regular season is still really good."
Williams and Pan each shot 1-under 69 to end up even par for the tournament. A total of eight players tied for second by shooting 210.
The top-10 finish was the 22nd of Williams' UW career, third most in school history.
"I think at the end of it, they are going to think there are a lot of places where they could have picked up a couple of shots out there, but so does everybody else," Thurmond said of his All-America duo. "They did fine and gave everything they had and didn't waste many shots."
Tom Berry of San Diego State led wire-to-wire and held on in the final round to earn medalist honors. He shot 2-over 72 on Tuesday, but still was the only player to finish under par at 2 under.
Simsby had the most volatile day of the Husky five, but ultimately ended up shooting 69. He had six birdies on the day, but scored big twice with a couple of double bogeys. He finished the tournament tied for 27th at 5-over 215.
The tournament was played on the 7,248-yard Crabapple Course that will also serve as host for the 2013 NCAA Championship, May 28-June 2. The 54-hole test not only gave Thurmond a good measuring stick at where his team stacks up against some of the best teams in the country, but also how the course will test his team at the end of the season.
"I think we are right in the hunt," said Thurmond when sizing up his team. "This was a great test in a faraway place on unfamiliar grass and it's a tournament that if a few things would have went our way, we could have won.
"It was a lot of rounds on the course -- which is great -- and there were a few things that we learned about ourselves that we will definitely need to work on all year to be ready and better when the time comes for us to play that course again."
The Huskies are off until the Pac-12 Preview, a tournament in which all 12 conference teams will participate. It will be hosted at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Course outside of Portland, Ore., Oct. 8 and 9.