Advantage Huskies At Pac-10s
April 27, 2009
SEATTLE, Wash. -- The Huskies took the home-course advantage Monday at Seattle Golf Club, shooting a two-round (365-360) 725 and coming away with a four-stroke team lead.
Darren Wallace, a Husky junior, fought off a rough start at the beginning of the second round with four birdies out of his final five holes to move into first place, shooting 2-under (72-70 142) for the day.
'My first day was pretty good,' Wallace said. 'I played solid, limited my mistakes. I still had a few and definitely left a few shots out there but overall I was pretty pleased with how I hit the ball and played.'
Wallace has caught fire late this season, finishing in the top 10 in three of his last four tournaments.
Although Washington led three separate times over the two rounds, Oregon and Oregon State made runs to take leads of two strokes each before eventually being taken over. Oregon was led by Daniel Miernicki, who shot a second-round 69 (2-under) to finish in a three-way tie at 1-under for third place with a couple of rounds to play.He tied with Washington's Chris Killmer and California's John Murphy. The low round of the day belonged to Arizona's Tarquin MacManus, who shot a second-round, 4-under 68.
Following Wallace and Killmer for the Huskies was Nick Taylor, who made a charge late in the second round, carding three birdies in his final five holes to erase an opening round 76 with a 2-under 70 to close play Monday. Taylor is tied for 13th.Dawgs sophomore Tze Huang Choo followed Taylor, finishing in a tie for 19th place at 73-74 147, junior Richard Lee is tied for 22nd at 75-73 148 and freshman Jens Bracht is tied for 31st at 77-73 150.
'It felt like a roller coaster a little bit today,' said UW coach Matt Thurmond about a hilly and windy Seattle Golf Club course that saw just six players finish the course at par or better after two rounds. 'The morning was really challenging; we kind of had a tough start. Got a five-shot lead and a lift coming in. We focused on finishing strong -- that's been one of our mottos.'
The third of four rounds begins Tuesday at 8 a.m. The Huskies will be the final team to tee off, starting at 9:36 a.m. from the first hole. Live scoring will be available at Golfstat.com.
1. Washington 365-360 725
2. Oregon 366-363 729
3. Oregon State 364-371 735
4. Arizona State 375-362 737
4. Stanford 366-371 737
8. Arizona 374-375 749
8. UCLA 371-378 749
10. Washington State 390-378 768