Killmer, UW Win At Husky Invitational
Sept. 30, 2008
BREMERTON - The UW men's golf team crushed the field of 11 teams at the 2008 Husky Invitational with a combined score of 7-under par, which was 13 strokes better than closest competition over the two-day tournament that concluded Tuesday.
'Today's play was good, but it wasn't a great round for us,' said Huskies head coach Matt Thurmond of the final round. 'You always want to measure yourself against yourself, but we still won by a lot against some good teams.'
This year's title kept the trophy at home for the first time since 2003, and it was UW's first tournament win in three years.
'We've had a lot of good tournaments in that time, but we just haven't won one.' Thurmond said. 'We had a lead going into today, but we weren't scared and we didn't even really talk about it.'
The Huskies didn't maintain their score of 11-under par after the first two rounds on Monday, but did play well enough to increase their lead over the competition en route to a team tournament score of 857. Second place in the tournament went to California, which posted a three-round total of 870 or 6-over par. Rounding out the team top five were San Diego State (879), BYU (885) and Oregon (887).
Leading the Huskies to victory was junior Chris Killmer, who showed great skill at Gold Mountain Golf Course in Bremerton this week, which he needed to secure his first Division 1 victory. The Washington junior shot a combined score of 211 (70-69-72) to earn the trophy.
'I played really solid,' Killmer said. 'Overall, just solid -- I hit fairways and I hit greens. When I needed to make two-putts, I made two-putts. And I was able to slip in a few birdie putts, (I was) just solid.'
Killmer joins the ranks of John Wise (2006), Brock Mackenzie (2003) and Gordy Scutt (2001) as tournament winners from UW. Killmer was followed in the standings by Johan Carlsson (San Diego State), Andrew Cooley (San Diego State), Richard Lee (Washington) and Jens Bracht (Washington). In all, four Huskies finished in the top 10 with Nick Taylor tying for seventh.
'It's hard to win tournaments because there are a lot of good teams,' Thurmond said. 'But to have a lead like we did and extend it took great play from everybody.'
The Huskies received significant contributions from new players junior transfer Lee, freshman Bracht and Killmer, who is back after a year hiatus.
'I'm amazed by his play. To take a year off and play like this is amazing,' Thurmond said. 'He played under the pressure - the guy who hasn't been doing it the whole time.'
'Golf is a weird sport: It's all about working harder and getting better, but sometimes it helps to step back and have a new perspective,' Thurmond said.
Overall, the Husky Invitational benefitted from unseasonably and record setting heat on Monday, with temperatures reaching the 80s, and warm temperatures staying that way Tuesday. But the weather was not the only unusual facet of the tournament. Two players recorded holes-in-one on Monday. The first coming by Oregon's Isaiah Telles on the 184-yard 16th hole, and Bracht nailed the second on the 249-yard 12th hole.
'The next tournament we'll have a little more swagger now and we'll say, `Just like we did at Gold Mountain,' Thurmond said.