UW Men Fifth After Two Rounds From CordeValle
Nov. 1, 2011
SAN MARTIN, Calif. -- The Husky men's golf team struggled in second round action of the fall finale Gifford Collegiate at CordeValle Golf Club on Tuesday and dropped one spot in the standings to fifth as they head to Wednesday's final round.
Washington, ranked third in the latest Golfstat.com rankings, combined to shoot 12-over 367 and sits at +16 overall. They trail second-ranked Oregon by one stroke heading into final round action of the 54-hole invitational.
USC leads the field by 12 strokes after ending Tuesday at -13 overall. UCLA is the only other team under par at 1-under. Virginia is third at +12, followed by the Ducks and Huskies.
For a second-straight day, the Huskies -- competing in a play-six, count-five formatted tournament -- struggled to find their rhythm. The five counting scorers went 5-over on the front and 7-over on the back.
"It was a tough day," said UW Coach Matt Thurmond. "The greens were firm and the winds were a factor all day long. It was so easy to make a big number on the course, and that is what we did at times."
"The guys fought hard and bounced back pretty well, but we still can't call today a good round."
Junior All-American Chris Williams proved to be the Huskies' most consistent performer during the round. He started his day with a birdie, added another on No. 7 and had just one bogey during the round--on No. 12.
Williams' shot 70 on the par-71 golf course for a second-straight day to move to -2 (140) overall. He will enter tomorrow's final round tied for fifth.
UCLA's Patrick Cantlay and USC's Steve Lim are tied for the lead at 9-under 133. Oregon's Eugene Wong is third, one stroke behind the leaders.
Pan shot 2-over 73 for the day, while Simsby followed up a 67 on Monday with a 79 on Tuesday.
Sophomore Cory McElyea is tied for 29th after shooting a 1-over 72 on Tuesday. He is 6-over for the tournament.
"We have one more round tomorrow before we go into our off-season, so we're all motivated to have a great day and move up at least a couple of spots and feel good going into the spring," said Thurmond.
"It's been a great fall and we would should like to finish it off well tomorrow."