Husky Freshman Battles His Way to the Lead

Feb. 15, 2010

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NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. - Washington men's golf freshman Chris Williams turned in the best round of his young Husky career and the team moved up a couple of spots to second in the Battle of the Beach.

Williams shot a 6-under-par 65 in Monday's second round to move to 8-under overall and move from ninth to first place. He holds a two stroke lead in the 54-hole tournament at Pelican Beach Golf Course. The Moscow, Idaho native tallied six birdies and could have scored an even lower score, according to head coach Matt Thurmond.

'He had a great day today and was super solid,' said Thurmond. 'But he didn't make very many putts and had an opportunity to shoot even lower. What he does do is hit the ball very straight and hits it right at the pin.'

Senior teammate Richard Lee entered Monday's round tied for fifth, but dropped all the way down to 10th. The Bellevue, Wash., resident was 2-over-par 73 and is 1-under overall for the tournament.

Nick Taylor turned in his second-consecutive even-par day and Darren Wallace was 1-over to join Taylor in a tie for 20th-place.

Charlie Hughes, who is paired with fellow freshman Williams, was the only other Husky in the red on the day - shooting a 1-under 70. He is tied for 36th entering Tuesday's final round.

Junior Kevin Spooner bounced back from a rough first round and shot a 4-over 75. He is 84th.

Oregon State leads the team competition by one stroke over the Huskies. UCLA is third and Arkansas is fourth.

2. Washington, -6 (353-351-704)

1. Chris Williams, -8 (69-65-134)
T10. Richard Lee, -1 (68-73-141)
T20. Nick Taylor, E (71-71-142)
T20. Darren Wallace, E (70-72-142)
T36. Charlie Hughes, +3 (75-70-145)
84. Kevin Spooner, +17 (84-75-159)

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