Jonathan Sanders’ individual title at regionals help Washington golfers make NCAAs
Huskies qualify for NCAAs for the 11th time in the past 13 years
RALEIGH, N.C. — Sophomore Jonathan Sanders won his second tournament title of the spring in leading the Washington men’s golf team back to the NCAA championships.
Sanders closed out the NCAA Raleigh Regional with a 68 Saturday for a 10-under 203 to win the individual title by three strokes at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course.
The Huskies finished second as a team at 10 under as Georgia Tech ran away with the crown at 27 under. Still, the Huskies will advance to the NCAA championships, as they have done 11 of the past 13 years.
“This is always a huge day for our program,” said UW coach Matt Thurmond. “It’s literally years of work to get into a position where we are good enough to play well in the NCAA Regionals so we can advance to the championships to compete for the big one.”
Sanders entered the final round in a tie for second, one shot off the lead, but took control early with a flurry of birdies. He pulled away over the final couple of holes, with birdies on Nos. 15, 16 and 17 and for the third year in a row, a Husky won the regional individual title.
• Washington won the open-eight men’s competition at the Pacific Coast Championships with a time of 6:05.6 on the 2,000-meter course at Gold River, Calif., site of where the Pac-12 Championships start Sunday.
• Gonzaga claimed the men’s title in the varsity-eight at the Western Sprints Championships at Gold River, Calif., to advance to the IRA national championships. The Zags posted a 6:07.2.
• The Gonzaga women took second at the West Coast Conference championships at Gold River, Calif. San Diego won the title with 42 points with Gonzaga second with 36 points tabulated from the three races.
• After its victory at the Central Sprints Regatta in Oklahoma City, the Western Washington women now await a decision that will come Monday on whether they have been selected for the NCAA Division II national championships. The Vikings won the varsity-eight in 6:58.24, beating Central Oklahoma (7:10.89). Seattle Pacific closed out its season with a third-place finish in 7:33.20.
• Three home runs helped Stanford (26-22, 13-13 Pac-12) post a 9-4 home victory over Washington State (22-27, 12-14).
• Gonzaga (24-27, 16-10 West Coast) left runners on second and third in the bottom of the ninth inning in losing 8-6 to visiting Pepperdine (36-15, 18-8). Mitch Gonsolus had three hits for the Zags.
• Early errors by Seattle University (25-25, 13-11 Western Athletic) enabled Cal State Bakersfield (24-31, 15-12) to run away with a 10-0 victory and avoid a series sweep at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue. The Roadrunners scored four runs in the second inning for a 5-0 lead thanks to two errors by the Redhawks. Chase Fields had two of SU’s four hits. The Redhawks now enter the WAC tournament in Mesa, Ariz., as the fifth seed, and will face the Roadrunners in the first round.
• Washington’s Aaron Nelson won the steeplechase at the Pac-12 Championships in Pullman, with the sophomore winning by more than three seconds in 8 minutes, 49.09 seconds. In the pole vault, Washington’s Jax Thoirs was a winner at 18 feet, ½-inch. The Huskies are in second place with 40¼ points heading into the final day Sunday. Oregon leads at 70¼ with Washington State in 10th at 18 points. In the women’s high jump, WSU’s Charlotte Muschamp took the title at 5-11½ inches. WSU is seventh in the team standings and UW is 10th.
• Seattle U set two school records at the WAC Championships in Orem, Utah, as the men finished sixth in the team race and the women were seventh. Katie Tougas set a school record of 12.10 in the 100 meters in taking seventh. Cali Cull set a SU record of 37-11¼ in taking seventh in the triple jump.
• Eastern Washington was fifth among the women and tied for sixth among the men at the Big Sky Championships at Flagstaff, Ariz. EWU freshman Courtney Bray won the women’s pole vault with an effort of 13-5¾. Zack Nielsen took the hammer at 203-5.