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Huskies Open Spring Campaign at Arizona Intercollegiate

Jan 24, 2021

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The 2020-21 Huskies finally get to return to the course for the first time since March this week as they head to the Arizona Intercollegiate, Monday-Tuesday, Jan. 25-27, held at Sewailo Golf Course in Tucson. The two-day tournament is the first spring event for the Dawgs who return the majority of their lineup including senior Henry Lee who was granted an extra year and welcome a talented freshman class.
 
Tournament: Arizona Intercollegiate – Jan. 25-27, 2021
Where: Sewailo Golf Course – Par 71, 7,292 yards
Teams: Arizona, BYU, Denver, Iowa State, LMU, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Oregon, Oregon State, San Diego, San Francisco, ULM, UNLV, Utah, Wake Forest, Washington, Washington State
Washington Lineup: Jan Schneider, Teddy Lin, Petr Hruby, Henry Lee, Noah Woolsey, Taehoon Song (individual)
 
A year ago, the Huskies only finished below third in one of eight events. They took home the team championships at the Husky Invitational, the Old Town Intercollegiate, the Georgetown Intercollegiate and the Seminole Invitational. The Dawgs also placed second at the Ka'anapali Collegiate and the Bandon Dunes Championship while finishing third at the Arizona Intercollegiate.
 
Individual success was also seen throughout the season for the 2019-20 squad with Noah Woolsey being named to the PING All-American Honorable Mention Team along with earning GCAA PING All-West Region honors. Woolsey won three individual titles throughout his junior campaign and his final four tournaments all featured top 20 finishes.
 
Lee was also named to the GCAA PING All-West Region Team after a season that saw him finish in the top 10 five times, win the individual title at the Arizona Intercollegiate for his first outright tournament victory, tie for first at the Georgetown Intercollegiate and finish outside of the top five only three times. He was also a finalist for the Ben Hogan National Golfer of the Month in January of 2020.
 
Additionally, both Woolsey and newcomer Petr Hruby earned Pac-12 Golfer of the Month honors making it the first time since the 2008-09 season that Washington different golfers earn the league's monthly award. Other highlights included Jan Schneider sharing a victory at the Husky Invitational and freshman Bo Peng posting three top 10 finishes in just his first year.
 
While Washington's season had a lot of postseason promise before being cut short, head coach Alan Murray is optimistic and excited about getting this spring season started with an experienced and talented roster that's ready to get back on the course. Hear from the Huskies head coach before they open the season in Arizona:
 
What has this fall been like, not having everyone one on campus and keeping everyone focused on training and preparing for the spring season?
 
Honestly, it would be very easy to look at the fall and be frustrated we didn't get to compete in any tournaments and only had half our guys here. It wasn't what we would ideally want. I think it completely forced us to adopt a whole new perspective on things. I look at the fall and am so grateful that we were able to have half our team here and be able to work with them, the chance to practice and get really excited about when we were going to be able to compete again. In the short term, it was a challenge but in the long term, I believe it will benefit us as a team and as a program.
 
Talk through the roster for us, who's new and who's back?
 
I think from top to bottom this is the strongest roster we have had in a while. We have a lot of talent and a great combination of experience and youth with a big upside. We get to have Henry Lee back for a fifth year. Noah (Woolsey) and Jan (Schneider) are extremely experienced and have been winners as both individuals and part of teams. Petr (Hruby) and Bo (Peng) were also big contributors last season. Nate (Anderson) has kicked on from last year and will continue to improve as well.
 
We are excited to add a really talented freshman class with Teddy (Lin) and Taehoon (Song), being the slightly higher profile recruits because of their records but I believe that Drew (Warford) and Robert Galligan have had excellent junior careers and big futures ahead of them. This young group is going to drive our guys to be better and we'll benefit from the fierce competition within our group on a daily basis.
 
What are you looking forward to from this team?
 
I am looking forward to everything with this team. I think there is a sincere desire to be successful with each of our guys but the road to success is always a hard one with ups and downs. We will not be naïve enough to think that we won't have some tough days ahead of us. I believe in this team and I believe we can be successful. Watching them, helping them and learning from them on this journey is what I am most excited about.
 
The team was having success before the season was cut short, how difficult was it to end the season so abruptly and how do you use that adversity moving forward? How has the team handled it?
 
The season being cut short last year was a blow for sure and I feel bad they didn't have a chance to compete for a Pac-12 Championship here in Seattle along with the chance to compete for a national championship. I think we were all frustrated, but that was last year. Time stands still for nobody and this year is upon us. We take confidence in what we did last year and I think the guys are just excited to get going again. They're doing a great job of working toward what's ahead of us and we're just ready to get out there and compete.
 
Due to the NCAA rule changes, you're able to have Henry Lee back for a fifth, how exciting is that for this team?
 
It is great to have Henry back. He is an extremely talented play and a great kid – extremely popular with the team. His experience of college golf will be a real help for the younger guys and help them adjust to life in this program, which is so important. He knows all the courses we will play at and his competitive nature is good for the group as a whole.
 
You have a lot of experience and talent on the team this, how are you feeling about putting together your lineups?
 
I am excited about the fact that whatever five or six guys we play in a tournament, each guy has the capability to win that tournament as an individual. Not saying it will happen each time but when you have a group of guys where that's possible, then the team improves as a result of that.