Freshman Leads Cougars at Pac-10s

April 29, 2009

SEATTLE, Wash. - Freshman Trent Sanders led the Washington State men's golf team at the Pacific-10 Conference Championships after posting a four-round score of 296 (+8) at the par-72, 6,806-yard Seattle Golf Club.

Sanders posted a first-round score of 74 (+2) and was even in the second round. In the third round he shot a 77 (+5), and he closed the tournament as the low Cougar scorer with a 73 (+1). He finished in a tie for 31st place, only two strokes back from the top 25.

'Trent had a good freshman championship,' said WSU Head Coach Walt Williams.

This is the second time in three years a freshman has led the team at the Pac-10 Championship Tournament, as current junior Austin Hurt led the Cougars in his debut season after posting an even four-round score.

Junior Nick Grigsby finished with a four-round score of 300 (+12), five strokes better than his performance last year at the Pac-10s.

Junior Kevin Tucker carded a 306 (+18), while Hurt finished with a 19-over par 307. Sophomore Nick Ellis posted a 317 (+29), and freshman Paul Mitzel carded a 332 (+44) to wrap up the Cougar scorers.

WSU competed against five teams ranked in the top 20, including tournament-winner Washington (No. 5). The Cougars posted a combined team score of 1,524 (+84) to finish in 10th place (rankings according to golfstat.com).

'Disappointing finish to very positive year!' said Williams.

Pac-10 ChampionshipsApril 27-29, 2009Seattle Golf ClubPar 72, 6,806 yardsFinal Results

WSU Results : T31. Trent Sanders (74-72-77-73-296, +8), T44. Nick Grigsby (76-77-71-76-300, +12), 51. Kevin Tucker (81-73-72-80-306, +18), 52. Austin Hurt (80-77-74-76-307, +19), 57. Nick Ellis (80-79-76-82-317, +29), 60. Paul Mitzel (80-89-82-81-332, +44).

Team Results : 1. Washington (1424, -16), 2. Oregon (1442, +2), 3. Arizona State (1456, +16), 4. Stanford (1457, +17), 5. Oregon State (1464, +24), 6. UCLA (1466, +26), 7. California (1467, +27), 8. USC (1474, +34), 9. Arizona (1483, +43), 10. WSU (1524, +84) .

Top Five Individuals : 1. Darren Wallace, Washington (70-72-65-70-277, -11), 2. Nick Taylor, Washington (76-70-67-68-281, -7), T3. Erik Flores, UCLA (73-73-70-67-283, -5), T3. Daniel Miernicki, Oregon (74-69-70-70-283, -5), 5. John Murphy, California (69-74-69-72-284, -4).

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