UW made a stand in the third and final round of the Bandon Dunes Championship by posting the low round of the day and propelling themselves to a second place finish with a +19 871 overall. The tournament was won handily by #6 Clemson with a +2 854.
The last two tournaments have been difficult for UW and stars Frank Garber, Corey Peirera and Jonathan Garber. However, each of those players found their own rhythms at the end of this tournament and finished strong. Both Peirera and Garber posted top 10 finishes while Garber, playing as an individual, finished third overall.
The Dawgs will get a little bit of a break over the next few weeks before returning to action in the Redhawk Invitational in early April.
Here is the full press release from Ricky Brackett of the UW Athletic Department:
Huskies Finish Second At Bandon Dunes
BANDON, Ore. - No. 30 Washington finished off the Bandon Dunes Championship with the low round of the day, a 5-over 289, to take solo second. Playing at the Bandon Trails Course at the Bandon Dunes Resort, the Dawgs finished the week at 19-over 871.
The weather returned on Tuesday after docile conditions for the second round that allowed for good scoring.
"It was another day of tough conditions," said head coach Matt Thurmond. "I like that we had the low round of the day. It was a solid event for us, but our best is still definitely ahead."
The Huskies entered the day tied for second, but were well back of No. 6 Clemson who had built a big lead after the second round. The Tigers lead held up, finishing at 2-over 854, but Washington distanced itself from the rest of the field. No. 39 UAB placed third at 27-over, while Seattle U. and Missouri tied for fourth at 30-over.
The Huskies were led by Frank Garber who was playing as an individual and did not count towards the team score. He fired a round of 1-under 70 for the week at 1-under 212 to finish third overall. Garber was in contention all week, but Blair Bursey of Utah Valley made a late push to win the tournament at 5-under. Austin Langdale of Clemson placed second at 3-under, before Garber in third as he earned his third top-five finish of the year.
"Frank had a couple of rough recent events," said Thurmond. "I am so glad he got back on track this week with a really good tournament."
The Dawgs also got top-10 finishes from Corey Pereira and Jonathan Sanders. Pereira actually was the score thrown out on Tuesday as he began the day in contention, but struggled on the back nine. He shot a 4-over 75 and was 1-under through nine holes, but played the back nine at 5-over. Still, he finished tied for seventh for his third top-10 of the year.
Sanders made two birdies and three birdies on the day for a round of 1-over 72. He finished 4-over for the week to place tied for 10th.
Tying Sanders for the low round of the day for Washington, were freshman Carl Yuanand junior Kevin Kwon at 1-over 72. Yuan made four birdies to just three bogeys, but doubled his final hole, the par-4 first. He finished tied for 13th overall at 7-over for the week.
Kwon made three birdies and four bogeys and finished the week at 8-over 221 to tie for 16th.
Jordan Lu was the last score kept at 2-over 73. He finished 19th at 10-over 223.
After a busy schedule the past few weeks, Washington will now get a bit of a break for dead week and finals, before returning to action in early April. The Huskies will compete in the Redhawk Invitational at Chambers Bay on Aril 4 and 5, a tournament hosted by Seattle U.