Killmer leads after 36 holes at Husky Invitational

Sept. 29, 2008

BREMERTON - The UW men's golf team dominated the field at the Husky Invitational, shooting a combined 11-under par at the conclusion of a two-round first day of competition at Gold Mountain Golf Course in Bremerton on Monday. Second in the team standings is California with a four-man score of 4-under par.

Going into the final round, Huskies junior Chris Killmer has the lead after posting a two-round total of 139. Killmer will be the last of the Huskies to tee off. Darren Wallace will be the first Husky to tee off, starting at 8:30 a.m.

'I just played really simple and putted really well,' Killmer said.

Rounding out the top five teams were San Diego State (572), Oregon (585) and Pacific (595). The top of the individual standings had Killmer, California's Michael Jensen (140) in second, Washington's Jens Bracht (141) in third, San Diego State's Johan Carlsson in fourth and California's Eric Mina and John Murphy tied for fifth (143).

The UW men finished four players in the top 10. Following Killmer were James Bracht (3-under), Richard Lee (2-under) and Nick Taylor (1-under) for the Dawgs.

'It was really just a good all-around day,' said Washington coach Matt Thurmond. 'Everybody contributed in their own way. The new guys - Jens and Chris - it was nice to see them get on top of the leader board.'

The first 36 holes of ninth annual Husky Invitational yielded uncharacteristically low scores, as Bremerton recorded record temperatures in the 80s, making the greens soft and the fairways long.

'The course was playing completely different than the practice round,' Killmer said. 'It helped that the greens stayed soft and it really helped to be able to play some of the longer irons.'

The most notable of the low numbers where a pair of holes-in-one during the second round. The first coming by Oregon's Isaiah Telles on the 184-yard 16th hole, and Husky freshman Jens Bracht nailed the second on the 249-yard 10th hole.

'I could barely see it go in,' said Bracht of the second hole-in-one of his career. His first came earlier this summer during the PNGA. 'I just struck a two-iron and got lucky. My dad just threw his arms up.'

Thurmond is receiving positive early results from his new players, as the Husky Invite is Bracht's first collegiate tournament and it is Killmer's first in more than a year. Also, junior transfer Richard Lee placed fifth in his Division 1 debut at the Gopher Invitational two weeks ago.

'It's a great feeling because it means that they're comfortable on the course,' Thurmond said. 'Darren (Wallace) and I were talking about this at dinner last night and we said that given the right scenario, any one of these guys could win this thing. Anytime you're teeing off with your fifth guy able to be in the lead, you've got to be happy with your team.'

Tuesday's tee times begin at 7:30 a.m.

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