The seventh-ranked Washington men's golf team rallied on Friday to force a playoff in the Ameri Ari Invitational, but UCLA escaped the tournament...
The seventh-ranked Washington men’s golf team rallied on Friday to force a playoff in the Ameri Ari Invitational, but UCLA escaped the tournament with the team title in Waikoloa, Hawaii.
Sophomore Cheng-Tsung Pan and freshman Jonathan Sanders both finished birdie-eagle over their final two holes to tie the Huskies and Bruins at 22-under 842 after 54-holes of play in the 20-team event. That forced a sudden-death playoff.
The teams reconvened on the 17th-hole for a count four-out-of-five playoff where UCLA’s quintet all scored par, while the Huskies had three pars and two bogeys.
“It was kind of a buzz-kill to a very strong finish and great weekend for us,” said Husky coach Matt Thurmond. “We had a really rough start to the day, but the guys kept fighting.”
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Washington combined to shoot 1-under 287 on the day, which was impressive after the Huskies got off to a slow start that saw them shoot 8 over par through the first three holes. The slow start and UCLA’s fast start gave the Bruins a lead that they held until the very end.
Trevor Simsby was the Huskies star this weekend on the Big Island. After starting Wednesday with a par-72, the junior shot 66 and 69 to tie for second at 9-under 207.
Pan and Sanders each finished at 5 under to notch 10th-place finishes. The duo each registered 71s on Friday. Pan had finished no worse than third in four fall tournaments, while Sanders’ result established a new career best.
Chris Williams, the No. 1 ranked amateur in the world, entered Friday’s final round tied for third, but shot a 76 Friday derailed and tied for 20th in a field of 116 competitors.
Track and field
Washington’s Jeremy Taiwo high jumped 7 feet, 4 ½ inches in a heptathlon in Nampa, Idaho, setting a world record for that event in a heptathlon.
Meanwhile, in the Husky Classic at the Dempsey Indoor, eight women ran under 16 minutes in the 5-kilometer invitational, including Husky junior All-American Megan Goethals, who clocked 15:59.20 to finish as the No. 6 collegiate runner, which moves her up to 10th on the NCAA list.
Seattle U’s Miriam Mboya broke the school record in the 200 meters, finishing second in her heat in 26.32 seconds, almost a quarter of a second faster than the previous mark. Katie Tougas also posted a time faster than the previous standard, finishing her heat in 26.53 seconds.
Seattle University rebounded from a season-opening 10-1 loss to Brigham Young by beating Oklahoma State in the Red Desert Classic in St. George, Utah.
“I was proud of how our team responded after losing to BYU,” said Seattle U coach Dan Powers.
• Western Washington scored 27 runs and had 29 hits as it opened the Montana State-Billings Tournament with two wins, beating Fort Lewis College 18-2 in five innings, and UC-Colorado Springs 9-2.
The Vikings (5-5) set a school record for runs in an inning, scoring 14 in the top of the first against Fort Lewis.
The No. 24 Huskies defeated visiting Eastern Washington 7-0 for its fourth straight victory. The Huskies (6-2) won the doubles point and five of the singles matches in straight sets.
Northwest University (2-21, 1-15 Cascade College Conference) fell 76-61 to visiting Southern Oregon (19-8, 8-7).
Visiting Southern Oregon (19-8, 10-5 CCC) rallied for an 80-73 win over Northwest University (19-9, 9-7).
Central Washington (1-5) picked up its first win, defeating host California State University Monterey Bay 8-7.
Seattle Pacific senior Corrine Wise tied her career-high score (9.75) on the floor exercise, but visiting San Jose State won 193.625 to 191.45.
Compiled from sports information reports