Hot Huskies Move To Second At Pac-10 Championships

April 27, 2010

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Husky men's golf team shot the day's best round on Tuesday and three UW individuals are in the top-10 after 54 holes of the Pac-10 Championships at ASU's Karsten Golf Course.

Washington was collectively 15-under par (340) for the day, six strokes better than any of the teams. Their round helped them move from fourth to second in the standings. Overall, the Huskies are -35 (338-352-340-1030) and trail Stanford by seven strokes heading into Wednesday's final round.

'I think that's the best round we played all year. We might have had a lower round or two, but the guts we showed in the wind and down the stretch was impressive,' said Husky coach Matt Thurmond. 'We just showed so much fight and maturity.'

The best individual round of the day from the entire 60-man field was turned in by UW freshman Chris Williams. He showed maturity beyond his years and shot an 8-under-par 63 to jump into a three-way tie for fifth at -11 overall. He birdied nine of 18 holes and suffered through just one bogey on No. 16.

'Chris' round was amazing,' said Thurmond. 'For a freshman, he was so impressive. He's got an ability that when he gets going good, he starts shooting, putting and doing everything perfect. When he gets going, look out.'

Joining Williams' in fifth-place is senior Richard Lee, who shot a 3-under 68. Lee birdied No.'s 17 and 18 after bogeying No. 16 to keep the Huskies' score heading downhill as they entered the clubhouse.

Fellow senior Nick Taylor is one stroke back of Williams and Lee at -10. He equaled Lee's 68 on the day and is tied with two others in eighth place.

Freshman Charlie Hughes shot his best round of the tournament with a 1-under 70. He is tied for 32nd and overall is even for the tourney. Kevin Spooner shot an even-par 71 and is tied for 38th, while senior Darren Wallace shot his third-consecutive 1-over 72 and is tied for 42nd.

Arizona State's Jesper Kennegard leads the field at -17 (196). He has a two stroke lead over Stanford's Joseph Bramlett.

The Huskies will be paired with Stanford during the final round on Wednesday. They start teeing off at 9:36 a.m. and will be able to monitor the leaders throughout the day.

Washington has already staged a great comeback at Karsten this year, rallying from 16-strokes down to win the ASU Thunderbird Classic earlier this month. Thurmond believes that his team can do the same again on Wednesday, but is also cautious of getting overconfident.

'Seven shots are not a lot in this format, and I'm talking about both in front of us and behind us,' said Thurmond, who's team leads third-place Arizona State by just six strokes. 'With five players counting, anything can happen.'

Team Results
1. Stanford, -42 (330-345-348-1023)
2. Washington, -35 (338-352-340-1030)
3. Arizona State, -29 (337-351-348-1036)
4. UCLA, -21 (340-353-351-1044)
5. USC, -20 (340-349-356-1045)
6. Oregon, -16 (351-352-346-1049)
7. Oregon State, -15 (355-349-346-1050)
8. Arizona, -10 (351-358-346-1055)
9. California, -9 (347-357-352-1056)
10. Washington State, (361-361-359-1081)

Husky Individual Results
T5. Richard Lee, -11 (64-70-68-202)
T5. Chris Williams, -11 (71-68-63-202)
T8. Nick Taylor, -10 (64-71-68-203)
T32. Charlie Hughes, E (72-71-70-213)
T38. Kevin Spooner, +2 (67-77-71-215)
T42. Darren Wallace, +3 (72-72-72-216)

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