Huskies continue play at Gopher Invitational

Sept. 13, 2008

WAYZATA, Minn. -- The Husky men finished the first day of the Gopher Invitational in fourth place.

'It was a pretty good start for us today,' said Washington coach Matt Thurmond. 'We didn't start particularly well, but battled back.'

The tournament, which continues through the weekend, showcases 12 teams. Huskies that stood out after the first day of play started with Richard Lee, who shot a 1-under 71, putting him in a tie for sixth place.

I was especially excited for Richard Lee,' Thurmond said. 'It was his first match as a Husky and he was under par for the whole round. Also, Kevin Spooner played a very solidround today.'

Spooner finished the day 1-over par with a 73, which was good tie him with eight other players, including UW junior Nick Taylor, for 14th place. Thurmond said he is encouraged by his team's first day totals, and ready to get them back out on the course.

'We've got some ground to make up with the team ahead of us but we're more familiar with the course and the time zone,' he said. 'I'm looking forward for the next couple of days.'

Play resumes at the Spring Hill Golf Club at 8 a.m. today.

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