No. 3 Huskies Back To Full Strength In Georgia
Oct. 17, 2012
SEATTLE-- A full-strength Husky golf team will put themselves to the test again during the fall season, this time at the U.S. Collegiate Championship in Alpharetta, Ga. The third-ranked Huskies are among 15 of the nation's top teams competing Friday, Oct. 19 through Sunday, Oct. 21 at The Golf Club of Georgia on the Lakeside course.
The U.S. Collegiate marks the Huskies second trip to Georgia during the fall. Prior to the Huskies most recent second-place at the Pac-12 Preview, Washington finished 5th at the PING/Golfweek Preview on the Capital City Course -- site of the 2012 NCAA championship. The Huskies also have a first-place under their belt at their own Kikkor Golf Husky Invitational.
Coach Matt Thurmond welcomes back Chris Williams to the lineup after the All-American -- ranked No. 1 among the world's amateurs -- helped Team USA win the World Amateur Golf Championship. He finished second in Turkey to add to his already impressive resume, while his Husky teammates played stellar in the Pac-12 Preview at Pumpkin Ridge.
Without Williams, the Huskies circled the wagons and turned in an eye-opening performance. Trevor Simsby claimed his first collegiate win, Cheng-Tsung Pan turned in a third-place finish and freshman Tyler Salsbury played like a wily veteran. Aided by Charlie Hughes' steady play, the Huskies finished second among the conference's ultra-competitive field.
This time out, the four will be joined by Williams in hopes of continuing their already successful fall season. And once again, the Huskies will face a daunting field consisting of several of the nation's top teams.
No. 3 Washington is the top-ranked team in the field according to Golfstat.com, but they are far from the only top-25 squad competing. Joining them are No. 4 USC, No. 7 UCLA, No. 11 Duke, No. 12 Georgia Tech, No. 16 Kent State, No. 17 Texas A&M, No. 20 Oklahoma State, No. 22 Wake Forest, No. 23 Clemson and No. 24 Stanford. Outside the top-25 but competing are Auburn, East Tennessee State, Iowa and Virginia.
Washington will be paired with Duke and Texas A&M. They will start teeing off at 11:30 a.m. ET.
Golfstat.com will have live scoring and GoHuskies.com will provide daily recaps.