Washington men win title at Bandon Dunes Championship

Updated: April 4, 2011

The University of Washington men’s golf team withstood brutal winds and a rain-delay to win the Bandon Dunes Championship by eight strokes, thanks largely to an amazing two-day performance from tournament winner Charlie Hughes.

The winds gusted at the ocean side resort course making playing conditions nearly impossible, but the Huskies kept their composure and proved their toughness. They shot a 17-over 305 after rounds of 281 and 285 in more desirable conditions the day before.

The Huskies finished 8-strokes better than the Oregon Ducks to earn their first win of the 2010-11 season.

Hughes, out of Maple Ridge, B.C., fired a 3-over 75 and was able to win his first career tournament by six strokes over teammate and close friend Chris Williams. Hughes was the only golfer to finish the tournament under par, ending up at -6 (210). Williams finished even for the tournament at 216.

• From the desk of UW Coach Matt Thurmond: We witnessed a little bit of history at practice (in Mid-March). Chris Williams, playing in our final round of a three-round qualifying, shot a course-record round of 62 (-10)! The previous competitive course record (since the remodel) was Darren Wallace’s 65 en route to winning the 2009 Pac-10 Championships. Chris now has course records at Palouse Ridge, Stone Ridge, Wandermere, Gold Mountain, Burley Golf Course, University of Idaho Golf Club, and three different courses in Sun Valley. You think Tiger has that many?