Strong Finish Propels Huskies To Third
Oct. 13, 2009
LA QUINTA, Calif. - Washington shot a collective 1-under 287 in Tuesday's final round of The Prestige at PGA WEST to cap a furious two-day rally and finish the tournament third among 13 teams.
The Huskies were tied for ninth at +9 after Sunday's first round before recording back-to-back under par rounds to steadily move up the leaderboard. TCU ran away from the rest of the field for a 16-stroke victory over Stanford. Washington was three strokes behind the Cardinal.
'In light of the first round and where we put ourselves, there is some satisfaction in finishing third,' said Matt Thurmond, coach of the fourth-ranked Huskies. 'The guys did a really good job of battling back over the last two days.'
'We got more familiar with the course and played a little cleaner golf over the last few days.'
Nick Taylor was the Huskies highest finisher, tying for eighth out the 80 competitors. Taylor shot an even-par 72 in the final round and finished with a 1-under 215 overall.
TCU's Daniel Jennevret won the tournament by six strokes, finishing an impressive 12-under 204. UCLA's Pedro Figueiredo was second.
Richard Lee turned in the day's best round among the five UW competitors whose scores counted towards the team total, shooting a 2-under 70. He finished alone in 13th at 1-over 217 after starting the day tied for 23rd.
Junior Tze Huang Choo was the next highest Husky finisher, tying for 14th at 2-over for the tournament. He shot his second-consecutive round of even-par golf.
Chris Williams, one of two UW athletes competing as an individual, turned in the best round of the tournament by a Husky. He shot a final round 4-under 68 with five birdies and one bogey. He moved up 25 spots from 51st to 26th at 5-over for the tournament.
Fellow freshman Charlie Hughes finished one stroke behind Williams at 6-over 22. He shot a 4-over 76 today.
The Huskies will be off until Oct. 25 when they start the three-day Isleworth Invitational in Isleworth, Fla.
Husky Individual Results
T8. Nick Taylor, -1 (73-70-72-215)
13. Richard Lee, +1 (75-72-70-217)
T14. Tze Huang Choo, +2 (74-72-72-218)
T26. *Chris Williams, +5 (78-75-68-221)
T31. Charlie Hughes, +6 (75-71-76-222)
T51. Darren Wallace, +12 (77-78-73-228)
T66. *Chris Killmer, +16 (78-80-74-232)
* competing as an individual