UW golfer Williams wins Sahalee Players event

Updated: August 1, 2011

Chris Williams of Moscow, Idaho held off the hard charging field to win the 18th Sahalee Players Championship at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Wash. Williams, a 2011 U.S. Open qualifier, took the lead in the afternoon and finished off with a 72-hole total of 1-under par 287 to capture his first Sahalee Players victory.

In the final round, Williams started with a two shot lead and quickly increased it with a birdie on the first hole of the day and navigated the high heavenly ground making one more birdie on the par 3, 13th. All that was needed was a routine par on the 18th to finish with a 1-over par 73 and the victory.

World Team Amateur participant, Minghao Wang of Alpharetta, GA., made a move on the back nine making birdies on holes 11 and 12 to get one shot off the lead at 1-under par heading into #16. His aggressive approach shot ended up lost in the trees along with his hopes of a Sahalee Players title, as he would make a triple bogey.

BYU Sophomore, Zac Blair made a run of his own making four birdies on the front nine to get two shots off the lead but his hope of victory also met its end at 16 where he made his only bogey of the round. He would make birdie on the finishing hole for an impressive 4-under par round of 68 bringing his 72-hole total to even par 288, good enough for runner-up honors with Chen-Tsung Pan of Sammamish, Wash.