The top-seeded Washington men's golf team combined to shoot a season-low 12-under 276 in the first round action of the NCAA Regional in...

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The top-seeded Washington men’s golf team combined to shoot a season-low 12-under 276 in the first round action of the NCAA Regional in Tallahassee, Fla., on Thursday and sits second on the 13-team leaderboard.

Eight teams were under par at Golden Eagle Golf and Country Club, led by North Florida’s round of 16-under 272. The third-seeded Osprey’s are four strokes ahead of Washington and five better than host Florida State heading into Friday’s second round.

“I’m not saying we played bad or anything, but we have had far better rounds this year, even though the score looks really good,” coach Matt Thurmond said. “The course is scoreable and we felt like for most of the day we made some birdies like everyone else, but we were throwing a lot of shots away too.

“Had we not finished like we did, I think we would have been a lot more frustrated than we are now. We had an amazing finish.”

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Thurmond judged that the par-3 17th is the toughest hole on the course, and No. 18 has several water hazards flanking the fairway and green. UW combined to score 1 under on 17 and was 5 under on the finishing hole.

Leading the way for the Huskies was sophomore Cheng-Tsung Pan. He shot a bogey-free 67 at the 6,965-yard, par-72 course and is tied for fourth. Pan trails leader MJ Maguire of North Florida by two strokes.

Right behind Pan is the Huskies’ other first team all-conference performer, Chris Williams. The Hogan Award finalist eagled the final hole of the day to shoot 68 and finish tied for sixth.

The top five teams from six regions after 54 holes of play will move on to compete in the NCAA Championship, May 28-June 2 in Atlanta.


• Western Washington scored a record 206 points in winning the 2012-13 Great Northwest Athletic Conference All-Sports title. It was WWU’s fifth title in a row and its ninth in 12 seasons. Western set the previous record of 181 during the 2010-11 school year.

• The Western Athletic Conference announced that it will add the sport of men’s swimming and diving beginning with the 2013-14 season.

Next year’s WAC membership includes three full-time members that has men’s swimming and diving: Seattle U, CSU Bakersfield and Grand Canyon. Joining these schools will be Air Force, UNLV, North Dakota and Wyoming, giving the WAC seven teams in 2013-14.

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