What a way to defend the Pacific-10 Conference men’s golf title.
Surging late to catch tournament-leader Stanford, the University of Washington got a clutch putt by senior Richard Lee to lead the No. 6 Huskies to a record-clinching repeat performance at Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz.
The UW set a conference record for lowest 72-hole score (37-under 1,383) in edging the Cardinal by three strokes. ASU had the old mark of 1,384, set in 2000.
“We’ve talked all year about this being the most deep, best conference ever, so to win that is really amazing,” Huskies coach Matt Thurmond said. “We had to play awesome, but it made it feel that much better. The whole time we had to just push, push, push. It looked like we couldn’t do it, but we just kept hanging in there and finally got it.”
Lee, the UW’s best finisher at 14-under 270 in third place behind California’s Eric Mina (268), fired a 68 on Wednesday, including a late birdie that put the Huskies in the lead for good.
The Huskies will certainly land at the NCAA West Regional tournament next month at Gold Mountain Golf Complex in Gorst.
1. Washington -37
2. Stanford -34
3. USC -19
4. ASU -19
5. Oregon State -13
6. (T6) Oregon -11
T6 Cal -11
8. UCLA -6
9. Arizona +1
10. Washington State +18