UW advances to NCAA golf match-play quarterfinals
Washington will face Texas in the quarterfinals after claiming one of eight match-play team spots.
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PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. — Washington will face Texas in the quarterfinals of the NCAA men's golf championships after claiming one of eight match-play team spots Thursday.
The Huskies shot 6-over-par 290 at Riviera Country Club in the third and final round of stroke play to place sixth. Washington finished at 20-over 872.
Four Pac-12 schools advanced. Alabama led the qualifying teams at 7-over 859, followed by UCLA (861), Texas (869), California and San Diego State (both 871), Washington and Oregon (873).
Kent State and Florida State tied for eighth and face a playoff Friday for the final team spot.
Illinois sophomore Thomas Pieters took medalist honors, shooting a final-round 71 to finish at 5-under 208. He was three shots better than Julien Brun of Texas Christian and Florida's Tyler McCumber, son of PGA Tour player Mark McCumber.
The Huskies' Chris Williams tied for 21st at 3-over 216. Teammate Cheng-Tsung Pan was another stroke back in 29th and Trevor Simsby was one shot behind Pan at 218.
The match-play format is in only its fourth year, but Washington has already advanced three times during that span.
The Huskies were 20th after Tuesday's first round, but jumped all the way to sixth on Wednesday and held that spot Thursday to squeeze into the final eight.
"You know going into today (Thursday) that it was going to be emotional and really tough," said UW coach Matt Thurmond. "It is such a grind. You have 30 teams trying to play for eight spots and everybody — if they can just get into match play — has a chance."
"I think this is a real good match-playing team. We're playing very well right now."
The Huskies' quarterfinal opponent, Texas, came into the tournament ranked No. 1.