Williams Finds Quick Success At Washington
By Karissa Fogel
This UW golfer may only be a sophomore student, but he's a veteran when it comes to playing golf.
Chris Williams, who is currently ranked No. 28 in the country, has had many achievements these past two years at Washington. Last year, he was the only freshman in UW history to win twice during the season, and this year he has further displayed that his hard work is paying off.
Williams recently had his third win at the Oregon Ducks Invitational in March, and he was also named the Pac-10 Men's Golfer of the Month. This award has not been given out to a UW golfer since Darren Wallace was honored in April 2009.
His most memorable moment in his golf career thus far happened last year at West Regionals. "It was when I [was on the] 200-yard eighth hole in the final round, the ball flew into the hole and destroyed the cup. It was cool," he said.
Chris first started playing golf as a four-year-old, but it wasn't until middle school when he got serious about this precision club-and-ball sport. His older brother has always helped him over the years and still does.
"My brother is my biggest inspiration," Williams said. "My brother has taught me a lot of things, he's very helpful. In fact my dad has never [had to pay] for a golf lesson."
When asked what he loved most about golfing for the University of Washington, Williams said, "I love playing for Matt Thurmond. He's a fun and great coach, but he's also a good friend. When looking at colleges I had no idea where I wanted to go, but the minute I met Matt, I couldn't imagine playing anywhere else. It was an instant friendship."
Unlike most athletes, instead of rocking out to his iPod, Williams gets pumped up through his teammates. "Being with the team is a cool and exciting feeling," he said. "It's easy for me to get pumped up by them. We all put big hype on all of the tournaments."
As the Pac-10 Championships draw near, Williams will be working to further improve his putting with extra hours of practice in hopes to repeat last year's team win.
"These next couple of weeks we'll be practicing harder than ever to prepare," he said.