Washington golf team finishes second with Oregon in Hawaii

Updated: March 4, 2010

Washington mounted a furious comeback on the last couple of holes of the Mauna Lani Invitational – led by an 18th-hole birdie by fourth-place individual finisher Nick Taylor – and the Huskies ended up tied for second out of 22 teams in the squad’s first test of the spring.

The Huskies entered the final day of action in first place by two strokes, but could not continue the momentum they built up on Thursday. They fell as far as fifth place before two birdies down the stretch by Richard Lee and Taylor’s final birdie moved them into a tie with Oregon at +5 (869). Stanford won the tournament after collectively shooting a 2-under 286 in the final round to get to +2 (866) overall.

Taylor provided much of the punch for the Dawgs the last three days. He had his worse round of the tournament with an even-par 72 and finish 3-under 213 overall. Taylor entered the day in second place, but was hurt by three bogeys on the back nine to drop out of contention. Bobby Hudson of Texas shot a 6-under 66 on Friday and was 7-under overall to win the individual title.

Another bright spot for the Huskies was the steady play of undaunted freshman Charlie Hughes. He finished the tournament tied for 10th after shooting a 1-over 73 on Friday. He was +1 overall.

Chris Williams became the third Husky freshman to ever win a tournament title and Washington was second overall in the team standings in the Battle of the Beach.

Williams, from Moscow, Idaho, went from a non-qualifier for the Huskies first spring tournament of the season to a tournament champion in a matter of a week. He shot an even-par 71 in the final round at Pelican Hill Golf Course to stake claim to a share of medalist honors with Arkansas’ David Lingmerth.

Washington combined to shoot a 3-under 352 on the day and ended up 9-under overall for the tournament. UCLA combined to shoot a 7-under for the day and ended up 10-under for the victory. Arkansas turned in the lowest round of the tournament with a 9-under 346 to tie Washington for second overall.