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COLLEGE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Trevor Simsby, Washington
The junior from Carlsbad, Calif., was tied for fifth entering the final round of the Pac-12 Preview at Pumpkin Ridge's Witch Hollow course, but with a closing six-under 66 he claimed the individual title, his first with the Huskies. Simsby's 11-under 205 outpaced Arizona State's Jon Rahm Rodriguez by one stroke.
"The biggest thing this tournament shows is how awesome we are at the top of our lineup," "Trevor Simsby just won what is the equivalent of the Pac-12 championship and he is our No. 3 guy. Everybody knows how good Chris [Williams] and [Cheng-Tsung] Pan are, but the way Trevor is playing you can start talking about the big three instead of the big two."
Simsby made eight birdies in an opening-round 69, but then played his final two rounds without a bogey, posting a 70-66 finish.
Grant Milner, Memphis—With 17 birdies in his three rounds at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate, the junior won his first college tournament with a 10-under 206 total at Blackthorn Club in Jonesborough, Tenn.
SooBin Kim, Washington
An 82 during a team qualifier for the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational, on the very same course that the tournament was going to be held (Sahalee CC), cost the sophomore a spot in the starting five in the Huskies home tournament. But the sophomore from South Korea made amends when she shot a 11-under 205 while playing as an individual at the event, winning medalist honors by a record-setting 12 strokes. Her Huskie teammates showed their mettle as well, winning the team title for the first time in the event's 31-year history even with Kim not counting to the team score.
"It was really devastating to shoot 82 and not make the team," Kim said. "The coaches were with me after the round comforting me. They still gave me the courage to play—more like they believed in me. They wanted me to learn from this experience and turn it around and just work on my game. [The whole week] made me stronger, and I can never exchange this experience for anything."
It was Kim's second college title since arriving in Seattle in the fall of 2011.
Isabelle Lendl, Florida—The senior notched her second straight individual victory of the season with a three-stroke victory at the Ruth's Chris Tar Heel Invitational, posting a six-under 210 with a final-round 69 at the UNC Finley Course in Chapel Hill, N.C.