I know that Readers of this blog don't all follow Men's Golf too closely, but I hope that they are paying some attention to CT Pan and the legend that he is assembling in his time at UW. In short, he's been remarkable.
The senior racked up his second win of the season and his sixth all time in leading the #19 Washington Men's Golf team to a fourth place finish at the Quaerencia Cabo Collegiate tournament. Despite having three golfers finish in the top 10 of the individual standings, UW still finished behind #2 Florida State, #11 Vanderbilt and #12 South Florida.
Pan's sixth career win ties him with the recently graduated Chris Williams for most all-time. UW coach Matt Thurmond has been blessed to have had Pan - who is his only senior - on the roster to add to the foundation that Williams helped to build. Despite the fourth place finish, the Huskies young team looks well-stocked and ready to challenge for more individual and team wins as the season continues.
Here is the full press release from UW.
Pan Ties School Record With Sixth Win
LOS CABOS QUERENCIA, Mexico – No. 19 Washington finished fourth at the Querencia Cabo Collegiate, while Cheng-Tsung Pan took the individual title. The Huskies finished the week at 2-under 850, while Pan won for the sixth time in his career, finishing at 9-under 204.
The six wins for Pan ties Chris Williams for the most in program history. He already has two wins this season and has only finished outside the top-three overall once in five starts on the year.
"It was another great win for Pan," said head coach Matt Thurmond. "Three excellent rounds for him and his sixth win as a Husky. It’s amazing to watch his level of excellence day in and day out. He’s so steady and so consistent and has had a huge impact on our program."
Pan fired a round of 2-under 69 on Tuesday to finish as the only player in the field with three rounds in the 60’s. He made four birdies and two bogeys on the day to finish one stroke clear of Rowin Caron of Florida State for the win. For the week, Pan made 17 birdies to just six bogeys and one double.
As a team, Washington shot 3-over 289 for the final round to finish at 2-under. The Dawgs finished 11 shots back of No. 2 Florida State who took the team title by eight strokes. No. 11 Vanderbilt was second at 5-under, while No. 12 South Florida was third at 4-under.
Jonathan Sanders and Corey Pereira joined Pan in the top-10 overall, but it was not enough in the team race. Sanders shot a final round of 1-under 70 to finish at 1-under for the tournament and tied for 10th. Pereira struggled to open his round, before birdying three of the final six holes, but still shot only a 4-over 75. He was also tied for 10th at 1-under.
"It’s disappointing to have three players in the top-10 and finish fourth," said Thurmond. "We played hard and this was a solid finish, but we have more in us."
Frank Garber was also solid in the final round with a 2-over 73. He finished tied for 48th on the week at 10-over.
Tyler Salsbury joined Pereira with a final round of 4-over 75. He tied for 68th at 20-over for the week.
The Huskies will next compete at the Lampkin San Diego Invitational next week. The two-day tournament begins Monday, March 9 with 36 holes.