Washington Huskies Become 2010 Pac-10 Men's Golf Champions
April 28, 2010
With the Pac-10 title still in contention up until the very last hole, Washington outlasted tournament-leader Stanford for the 2010 Pac-10 Men's Golf Championship. The final round at the ASU Karsten Golf Course ended with a clutch putt by Washington senior Richard Lee, who led the sixth-ranked Huskies to their second straight Conference title. Washington is the first team to win back-to-back titles since USC won in 2001 and 2002. The Huskies also set a Pac-10 record for lowest 72-hole stroke total in Pac-10 history (1,383), beating Arizona State's record of 1,384, set in 2000. Both records were set at the ASU Karsten Golf Course, the last time the Sun Devils hosted the Pac-10 Championship. Washington Coach Matt Thurmond knew it would be tough to come out of the tournament as Champions, but said it feels great to win it.
'We've talked all year about this being the most deep, best conference ever, so to win that is really amazing,' Thurmond said. 'We had to play awesome, but it made it feel that much better. The whole time we had to just push, push, push. It looked like we couldn't do it, but we just kept hanging in there and finally got it.'
Washington's Lee, who led the Huskies, ended with 14-under 270 (64-70-68-68) for the tournament and shot a 3-under 68 on the day. The senior placed third in the individual competition. Thurmond said he expected Stanford to be tough competition but he knew his team would have their opportunity to play into championship contention. Thurmond said his team is ready to compete at the NCAA regionals and for a national championship.
'We're going to go play at regionals and the NCAA Championship and hope to win,' Thurmond said. 'Those are our goals and dreams. There are a lot of good teams out there and things need to fall into place like they did this week. So that's what we're shooting for.'
California junior Eric Mina became the first Golden Bear to win the individual title since Charlie Wi in 1995. Mina shot 16-under 268 (65-68-67-68) and had eight birdies in the final round. Mina played himself into a triple bogey situation on hole nine to finish out the final round.
'I didn't know what I needed to win until I got to the fairway [on 18],' said Mina. When I heard [ASU golfer Jesper Kennegard] had doubled, I knew where I had to be and what I had to do. But getting birdies on three of the four holes prior set me up well.'
Mina shot a career-low 65 in the first round, helping the junior play into medalist contention. He took home the individual title with a one-stroke margin of victory.
'I hit really good shots all week at the flag and was able to pick and choose well when to go after the hole,' Mina said. 'I had a good game plan all week and stuck to it. It feels great to win for Cal. I just made a lot of birdies and put myself in good position all week.'
ASU's 17th ranked Kennegard, who was competing for his fourth overall individual title, placed second with a 15-under 269 (63-66-67-73) for the tournament. Stanford's Joseph Bramlett, who was in second place after the third round, fell to tie for fourth place, shooting a 4-over 75 on the day and finishing with 11-under 273 (66-66-66-75).
Stanford fell to second place, after maintaining the lead for the first three rounds of competition. The Cardinal had paced the competition after shooting a tournament-low 25-under in the first round of the tournament. They ended with a 34-under 1386 for the tournament, followed by USC (24-under 1396). Arizona State finished in fourth place and was 19-under 1401.
1. Washington -37 2. Stanford -34 3. USC -19 4. ASU -19 5. Oregon State -13 6. (T6) Oregon -11 T6 Cal -11 8. UCLA -6 9. Arizona +1 10.Washington State +18