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 behind Stanford. The Huskies shot the best round of the tournament, a 14-under 270, finishing at 19-under.

Washington trailed by 14 strokes coming into the final round and nearly made up the entire margin thanks to low scores, particularly from Trevor Simsby and Gerrit Chambers.

“It was an awesome day,” said 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.”

Chambers shot his second consecutive round of 5-under 66 to finish third.

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Simsby shot a collegiate-best round of 64. He was in a tie for fourth at 6-under.


• Sounders FC has waived forward Will Bates, a 2013 draft pick who struggled to stay injury-free. The team also released three trialists from preseason training camp: Seattle U product Miguel Gonzalez, defender Danny O’Rourke and goalkeeper John McCarthy.

•The Washington State men’s golf team is sixth in the spring-opening John A. Burns Intercollegiate in Lihue, Hawaii, at the Wailhua Golf Course after shooting a 3-over 291.

From sports-information reports.