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Fifth-ranked UW men's golf team takes lessons from comeback into Oregon Duck Invitational

After finishing tied for first in two high-powered tournaments to begin the spring season, the Washington men's golf team was a big favorite...

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After finishing tied for first in two high-powered tournaments to begin the spring season, the Washington men's golf team was a big favorite in the Bandon Dunes (Ore.) Championship two weeks ago, an event they won in 2012.

Then, in the first round, the Huskies had one of their worst rounds in years. The entire team struggled, and UW finished the day in 17th place out of 18 teams.

"I really didn't say a lot just because I didn't think the poor play was a result of the way we were working and the way were training," Washington coach Matt Thurmond said. "I just told them we had to clean up some of the errors."

That they did.

The Huskies had the best round of the 18 teams the next day, and the second-best round of the day in the final round to move all the way to third place.

"Even though we had finished first in our first two spring events, I felt better about that tournament," Thurmond said "It was an important thing to be able to come back like that. We learned something about ourselves."

Washington, ranked No. 5 in Golfweek's ratings (No. 8 by Golfstat), begins play Monday in the Oregon Duck Invitational in Eugene.

The Huskies have two of the top seven amateurs in the world in No. 1 Chris Williams and No. 7 Cheng-Tsung Pan, but the top team in the country is California.

"Cal has a historically good team, but I do think if we play well, we can beat them," Thurmond said.

Meanwhile, the Washington women are ranked 12th in the country (eighth by Golfstat) after being the top-ranked team earlier in the season. The Huskies begin play Monday in the Maui Classic in Hawaii.

Carnation course

is open again

The Carnation Golf Course is back in business after closing in October 2011.

The course was purchased last year by Reza Yasseri, president and CEO of Cascade Engineering Services of Redmond. The clubhouse is being remodeled and elevated to prevent potential flood damage, and the course itself has undergone months of restorative work that is continuing. One notable change: The nines have been switched.

The course will move from being open five days a week to seven days on April 1, according to Dan Tachell, whose family started the course in 1967. Tachell was hired by the new owner to help get the course back in operation.

Note

• First Green, an educational outreach program that uses golf courses as an environmental lab for students, has received a $100,000 grant from Chevron through the United States Golf Association.

The grant will enable First Green to expand into Portland and Northern California. On First Green field trips, students perform environmental tests at golf courses, such as soil testing and measuring the velocity of streams.

First Green started in Seattle in 1997, and more than 15,000 children have participated in field trips at various courses, according to the organization.

Freelancer Craig Smith contributed to this report.

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