West: Washington wins regional by 29 shots
Lance and Asher break down an action-packed weekend at the six NCAA Men’s regionals.
Team champion: Washington (20-under 844)
Individual champion: Richard Lee, Washington (8-under 208)
The top 5: 2. Southern California (873); 3. San Diego (874); 4. Oregon State (876); 5. Illinois (877)
Individual advancer: Espen Kofstad, Denver (5-under 211)
Close, but no cigar: 6. Middle Tennessee State (879); 7. Eastern Michigan (880); 8. Colorado State (881)
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Washington left little doubt at the West Regional, rolling to an emphatic 29-shot victory at the Gold Mountain Golf Complex in Bremerton, Wash.
The Huskies, No. 4 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, finished the three-round tournament at 20-under 844, a whopping 29 strokes ahead of Pac-10 foe Southern California. San Diego finished third at 874, Oregon State placed fourth at 876, and Illinois rounded out the top 5 at 876. The top five teams earned bids to the NCAA Championship, June 1-6 at The Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Three Washington players finished in the top 3, led by Richard Lee, who won medalist honors and became the school’s first-ever NCAA regional champion. Lee shot a final-round 68 to finish at 8-under 208, two shots ahead of teammate Chris Williams, who made a hole-in-one on the eighth hole Saturday. Denver’s Espen Kofstad, who earned the regional’s individual bid, tied for third with Washington’s Darren Wallace at 5 under.
Washington has arguably been playing the best golf in the country over the past month. The Huskies rallied to win the Pac-10 Championship, then won wire to wire at the West Regional.