Williams Named Student-Athlete Of The Week
May 21, 2012
SEATTLE - Chris Williams from the UW men's golf team has been named the www.GoHuskies.com Student-Athlete of the Week for the week of May 14-20.
The Moscow, Idaho native, eagled the 18th hole to earn medalist honors and Washington held off a final-round charge from top-ranked Texas to take home the team title at the NCAA Southwest Regional on Saturday.
The third-seeded Huskies were 5-over-par 293 during the final round at a blustery Jimmie Austin OU Golf Course in Norman, Okla. No. 1 seed Texas shot 292 on Saturday but could not catch the Huskies, who had a five shot advantage entering the final round.
The regional victory was the third in team history (also 2010 and 2002) and Williams joined Richard Lee (2010) as the only Huskies to earn the medalist titles.
Williams added on to his team record with his sixth career victory - his third this season - but needed every last hole to earn the win. He walked to the par-5 18th tee trailing Illinois' Thomas Pieters by one stroke, but erased that deficit after landing within seven feet of the flag on his second shot and draining the eagle putt. Williams also eagled the hole yesterday by draining a 75-footer.
Williams fired 4-under-par 68 for the second-consecutive day and ended up 7-under 209 overall.
The win returns Washington to the NCAA Championship (May 30-June 5) a year after the Huskies missed advancing by just one stroke. It marks the ninth time in 11 years under Thurmond - 12th time overall - that the Huskies will appear at the NCAA finals.
Other nominees include: Shawna Wright (softball) and Caleb Brown (baseball).
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