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UW Men's Golf Off to a Hot Start at the Redhawk Invite

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UW jumps to a big lead.

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UW's full press release recapping the Huskies excellent first day at Chambers Bay in the Redhawk Invite.  Go Dawgs!

Huskies Lead Big At Chambers Bay
Release: 04/06/2015

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UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. – Playing the course that will host the 2015 U.S. Open, No. 10 Washington dominated the field to take a big lead after two rounds of the Redhawk Invitational. The Dawgs finished with rounds of 1-under 279 and even-par 280 at Chambers Bay to take a 24-shot lead over the rest of the field.

Washington played great golf to finish at 1-under for the day, 24 shots clear of Seattle U. who is second at their home tournament. Seton Hall is third at 25-over, while No. 30 TCU is fourth at 32-over.

“Walking 36 holes at Chambers Bay is an accomplishment by itself,” said head coach Matt Thurmond. “Even better, we were under par for day as a team. There are only two par fives so birdies are hard to come by. It was a great day.”

The Huskies got outstanding play throughout the lineup, including the top three players overall and all five in the top-10. Freshman Frank Garber holds the overall lead at 4-under after a scintillating second round of 4-under 66 in the second round.

Garber enters the third round leading by four over teammates Cheng-Tsung Pan and Jonathan Sanders. The Husky freshman opened with a round of even-par 70, before the round of the day, a 4-under 66 to finish 36 holes at 4-under 136 for the day.

Garber’s opening round included a double-bogey on the par-five eighth, but also an eagle on the short par-four 12th. He finished an up and down first round at even-par, before catching fire on the afternoon 18. Over the final round, Garber made six birdies to just two bogeys for one of only three rounds in the 60’s on the day.

“It was a special round for Frank,” said Thurmond. “We know he do that and there will be many more of those for him. A 66 on that golf course is exceptional. I think we can call him a sophomore now.”

Garber’s lead is four shots on Pan and Sanders who each finished the day at even-par. Pan opened with a 2-under 68 to take the first round lead, but shot 2-over 72 in the afternoon. It was a steady day for the No. 1-ranked collegiate player who made four birdies and four bogeys over his 36 holes.

Sanders is in that same tie for second after two rounds of even-par 70. The Husky junior opened with four birdies and four bogeys and then had three birdies and three bogeys in the afternoon. He’ll look for his third career win at Tuesday’s final round, sitting four shots off the lead.

Sitting in a tie for sixth is sophomore Corey Pereira at 3-over 143 for the tournament. He shot 1-over 71 and 2-over 72 on the day and is seven shots off his teammate’s lead.

Jordan Lu completed the Husky lineup 5-over after 36 holes. The other Husky freshman is tied for ninth after rounds of 2-over 72 and 3-over 73.

Chris Babcock also competed, playing as an individual. He finished with rounds of 10-over 80 and 4-over 84 and sits in a tie for 50th at 14-over.

The Dawgs will complete play at the Redhawk Invitational on Tuesday with an 18-hole final round. Washington will look to finish things off with their second tournament win of the season, while several Huskies compete for the individual title.