Huskies 11th After Two Rounds
Oct. 13, 2008
LA QUINTA, Calif. -- After two rounds on the first day of play at The Prestige at PGA West Monday, the Huskies are in 11th place with a combined score of 613 or 37-over par.
Leading the Huskies is junior Richard Lee, who is on course for his third consecutive top-10 finish, having ended Monday tied for 10th with a score of 148 or 4-over par.
'It was a challenging day out there for us,' said UW head coach Matt Thurmond. 'The wind blew all day, especially in the morning and desert golf is a little hard on us.'
But the Huskies did improve after the first round on Monday, posting a score that was seven strokes better (303) than the team's first number (310). Leading the tournament is TCU, with a score of 583.
'We didn't putt well and the course was new to us all,' Thurmond said. 'I think the biggest part for us was that we're used to our shots being framed for us. When we play at home, there are a lot of trees around and it is easy to tell where to go with your shot. Out here it is wide open and you have to be a little more precise. You combine that with inexperience and you get big numbers.'
The Huskies are set again to start at 7:30 a.m. with the rest of the field on Tuesday, the final day of competition, where Thurmond believes his team will continue to improve throughout the day. Coming into this tournament, the Huskies were the top-ranked team at No. 4 in the country, according to Golfweek. For live scoring on Tuesday golf, go to golfstat.com.