LA QUINTA, Calif. – No. 17 Washington made the charge it hoped for during Wednesday's final round at the Prestige at PGA West, but came up just short, settling for second place, two strokes back of Stanford. The Dawgs shot the best round of the tournament, a 14-under 270, finishing at 19-under for the week - Full Results
Washington trailed by 14 strokes coming into the final round and nearly made up the entire margin thanks to some low scores, particularly from Trevor Simsby and Gerrit Chambers.
"It was an awesome day," said head coach Matt Thurmond. "We were very clear with the guys that we were not playing for second today. We were playing to win. We knew it would be tough to catch Stanford, but we wanted at minimum, to make them really earn it. I think we accomplished that today."
Simsby shot a collegiate-best round of 64, making eight birdies and just one bogey. He shot up the leaderboard to finish in a tie for fourth at 6-under for the week. The senior birdied five of the first seven holes, before his lone bogey on number nine. Still, Simsby fired a 31 on the front and then backed it up with a bogey-free 33 on the back to get within three strokes of the overall lead after entering the day 10 back
Chambers was also outstanding, firing his second-consecutive round of 5-under 66. The senior finished in third place for the tournament at 7-under, two back of individual medalist, Patrick Rodgers of Stanford. Chambers made six birdies and just one bogey as he tied his day-old career best - "It's amazing to see how Gerrit is improving and competing," said Thurmond. "Back to back 66's is just exceptional."
The other Husky in the top-10 was Corey Pereira who finished 4-under and tied for seventh after a round of 70. The freshman who was the last player out for the Dawgs birdied the last two holes to make things particularly interesting for Stanford in the team competition. Pereira was the lone Husky and one of just three in the tournament to play all three rounds under par.
The fourth scoring golfer for UW on Wednesday was Chris Babcock who finished with a round of 1-under 70. Babcock completed another steady tournament tied for 12th at 2-under.
"Corey and Babcock were so steady," said Thurmond. "I'm really happy to see how these guys are growing and improving."
Cheng-Tsung Pan finished his week with a round of 3-over 74 to finish tied for 48th at 6-over. It was a testament to his teammates that the Dawgs finished as high as they did without one of the top amateurs in the world at his best
Washington will now get a bit of a break before continuing the spring schedule in Bandon Dunes beginning, Sunday March 9. The Dawgs finished third at last year's Bandon Dunes Championship and will look to improve on that result this season.