Youngster Leads UW At PING/Golfweek Invitational

Sept. 27, 2009

• For complete results and Monday tee times, visit the PING/Golfweek Invitational Tournament Central page

BREMERTON, Wash. - The host Washington Husky men's golf team is second amongst 15 teams after two rounds of the PING/Golfweek Invitational being held at Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton. Washington is 13-over par 589, 12 strokes behind Oklahoma State, after playing 36 holes on Sunday.

'It's hard to not feel really down because we're behind 12 strokes,' said Husky head coach Matt Thurmond after the tiring day. 'We didn't play very well, but we competed very well. We'd have some trouble on a couple of holes and then we'd come back with a birdie. To still be in it and lead everybody but one team, you have to be happy with that.'

Freshman Charlie Hughes (Maple Ridge, B.C.) paced the way for the Huskies, shooting 1-over par 75-70-145. He is tied for fifth after shooting a 2-under par 70 in the second round.

'It was a lot of fun and I'm not going to lie, I was pretty nervous at the start,' said Hughes of making his debut in team competition. 'I had a decent first round, but was a little more comfortable in the second round. It was a strong finish for me and it helped set us up for tomorrow.'

The only other Husky in the top 10 is All-American Darren Wallace, who shot a 2-over 73-73-146 and is tied for seventh.

Washington's other All-American's -- Richard Lee and Nick Taylor -- struggled during the day and found themselves in the middle of the pack. Lee is tied for 29th after shooting 7-over 151 on the day. Taylor is tied for 41st largely due to shooting an 80 in the second round.

Freshman Chris Williams is tied for 50th at 10-over 154.

Oklahoma State's Peter Uihlein leads the field at 4-under 140. He shot an opening round 69 and never relinquished the lead. LSU's Andrew Loupe is the only other player among the 75 competitors under par and is three strokes behind Uihlein at 1-under 143.

USC is third in the team standings behind Oklahoma State and Washington at 16-over 592.

The final round is Monday, with the first tee time slated for 8:00 am.

UW Individuals:
T5. Charlie Hughes, +1 (75-70-145)
T7. Darren Wallace, +2 (73-73-146)
T29. Richard Lee, +7 (75-76-151)
T41. Nick Taylor, +8 (72-80-152)
T50. Chris Williams, +10 (79-75-154)

Top-5 Team Standings:
1. Oklahoma State, +1 (290-287-577)
2. WASHINGTON, +13 (295-294-589)
T3. Southern California, +16 (305-287-592)
T3. LSU, +16 (299-293-592)
5. Arizona State, +17 (300-293-593)

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