UW Rallies To Win ASU Thunderbird
April 3, 2010
TEMPE, Ariz. - The Husky men's golf team served notice to the rest of the Pac-10 on Saturday and proved you can't kick these Dawgs when they're down. Trailing by 16 strokes and sitting in seventh place entering the final round of the ASU Thunderbird Invitational, Washington mounted a furious 18-hole rally to win the tournament by two strokes.
Four Huskies shot rounds in the 60's at Karsten Golf Course and UW combined to shoot a tournament-best 16-under-par 268 on the day. The round equaled the third-best single-round score in UW history.
'We've really been looking for a good day and today was that day,' said coach Matt Thurmond following the Huskies best round of year. 'We played with very little pressure and expectations and ending up having a really great round. It was just unbelievable the way we played.'
Karsten Golf Course is the site of the 2010 Pac-10 Championships and all 10 teams from the conference participated in preparation for the upcoming event. Washington finished 13-under 839 overall and beat UCLA by two strokes. USC was third at -10 and Oregon and Arizona tied for fourth at -6. It is Washington's second tournament championship this season and first since winning the season-opening Topy Cup in early September.
Freshman Chris Williams paced the way for the Huskies by shooting a 7-under 64 and ended regulation tied for first. He had to settle for second after he lost in a one-hole playoff when San Diego State's J.J. Spaun chipped in from the rough on No. 18 for a three.
Williams had eight birdies on the day, including five on the back nine. He is just the fourth player in UW history to shoot a 64 or better in the third round of an event.
'For a freshman, he has the heart of a guy that has been doing this for a really long time,' said Thurmond. 'He actually played a really great round yesterday and gained a lot of momentum and I thought he was due for another great round.'
Senior Nick Taylor was the next highest Husky finisher after he had a phenomenal stretch-run to ultimately end up tied for third at -6 (207). Taylor arrived on No. 14 at +1 for the day but birdied the final five holes to shoot a 4-under 67 for the round. It was the third time this season that Taylor has recorded a top-five finish.
Richard Lee shot a 3-under 68 and ended the tournament as the Huskies third-highest finisher in a tie for 35th at +2 (215). Lee arrived at No. 18 at 5-under, but double-bogeyed.
Senior Darren Wallace was the fourth Husky in the 60's after he shot a 2-under 69. He ended the tournament in a tie for 45th at +4 (217) overall. Senior Chris Killmer shot an even-par 71 and finished one stroke behind Wallace at +5 overall.
The team celebrated its victory by racing Go Karts outside of Phoenix before returning home on a flight tonight. They return to action at the US Intercollegiate next week before the Pac-10 Tournament.
Team Results1. Washington, -13 (287-284-268-839)