UW standout shoots first 59 in Valley

November 30, 2011 by  

YAKIMA, Wash. — In the history of the PGA Tour only five players have carded an 18-hole round of 59.

It’s obviously an exceptionally rare number in golf, but now the Yakima Valley has one.

Chris Williams, a junior at the University of Washington and a native of Moscow, Idaho, shot an 11-under-par 59 from the back tees at SunTides Golf Course on Friday.

Closing with a 28 on the back nine, Williams broke the course record by three strokes. The previous record of 62 was shared by Lloyd Harris, Will Curley and Fred Couples.

Currently ranked ninth in the nation among amateurs, Williams recorded three birdies and an eagle on the eighth hole for a 5-under 31 on the front nine.

Williams followed with a run of six birdies over seven holes for the back-nine 28. He missed a 5-foot putt for an eagle on the 14th hole.

Visiting relatives in the area for Thanksgiving, Williams’ round was witnessed by his father, Varnell, and his brother, Jeff.

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