UW men, women golfers get on a roll during fall season

Updated: November 1, 2011

Cheng-Tsung Pan announced to the rest of the college golf world his presence by firing a 7-under 65 in the final round of The Prestige at PGA West to beat a daunting field of competitors and help Washington to a second-place team finish.

Oregon won the tournament by two shots over the Huskies.

Pan, golf’s ranked 22nd according to World Amateur Golf Rankings, cruised to a 3-shot victory in just his second college tournament. He shot 201 overall (15 under) to beat 2010 Pac-10 Golfer of the Year Eugene Wong of Oregon.

• Chris Williams furthered his legacy as one of Washington’s top golfers by equaling Nick Taylor and Brock Mackenzie for most wins in school history to help the Huskies earn the team title in the abbreviated season-opening Kikkor Golf Husky Invitational.
Williams (Moscow, Idaho) shot 3-under 69 to earn his fourth career win and Washington combined to shoot 5-over 293 to win the rain-shortened event over Washington State and Fresno State by six strokes.

• A pair of Washington women’s golf records fell as freshman Soo Bin Kim cruised to medalist honors at the Stanford Intercollegiate. Kim ended up with the lowest 54-hole total in UW history by shooting 13-under 200 at Stanford Golf Course to win her first college tournament. The team combined to shoot 847 (-5) bettering their previous record of 850, also set at the Stanford Intercollegiate in 2003.

Washington finished third in the tournament while Oregon was fourth.

For Kim, the victory came in just her third college tournament. Kim’s score of 13-under equaled Anya Alvarez’s 54-hole total versus par in 2008 at the Las Vegas Invitational, but her gross score was three shots better than Alvarez’s 203. She fired 5-under 66 during the final round to win by two strokes over UCLA’s Stephanie Kono.

• Washington rallied late but it was not enough to overcome the leaders in the final round of the 30th Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational at Sahalee Country Club. The Huskies entered the day fourth in the team standings and ended up tied for third with defending tournament champions California at +36 overall. Colorado won the tournament by two shots over Oregon. Washington was third, California fourth and Oregon State finished fifth.