Schneider Leads Huskies on Day One of Arizona Intercollegiate
TUCSON, Ariz. – The University of Washington men's golf team's 2021 season finally got underway on Monday, opening at the Arizona Intercollegiate, where the Dawgs sit in ninth after the opening day's first 18 holes. Washington shot a 23-over 307 in tough weather conditions throughout the day and was led by senior Jan Schneider who is tied for 20th.
"Today's weather was extremely windy and on a tricky course like this, it was difficult," said head coach Alan Murray. "There was plenty of good golf out there but we just hit too many bad shots which cost us. Because of COVID, our guys haven't played in as many tournaments as they usually would, so we expected there to be some rust. We didn't shoot the score we would have hoped, but I feel like with each passing round we'll keep improving. Everyone showed good stuff out there and we should go into tomorrow's round with some confidence and use the frustration from today as fuel tomorrow."
Schneider opened the day with a strong front nine making the turn at 1-under with just one blemish. After three pars and a birdie to start, the senior double bogeyed the par-4 fifth hole. He bounced back quickly with two pars before the highlight of the day came on the par-5 eighth hole where Schneider recorded the Huskies first eagle of the season. Following a 5-over back nine, Schneider finished with a 4-over 75 to sit in a tie for 20th, seven strokes off the lead.
Senior Henry Lee sits just one stroke behind him after shooting a 5-over 76 on day one. Lee's round featured 11 pars and one birdie and he currently sits tied for 28th. Fellow senior Noah Woolsey carded a 6-over-77 to tie for 38th on the day which started with six-straight pars. After a bogey-birdie combo on holes seven and eight, Woolsey made the turn at even-par. The back nine proved tough for Woolsey as well, going 6-over to end the day with his 77.
Sophomore Petr Hruby and Teddy Lin rounded out the Husky lineup as Hruby shot an 8-over 79 to tie for 54th and Lin carded an 11-over 82 to tie for 82nd. Additionally, freshman Taehoon Song, competing as an individual, sits tied for 61st with his 9-over 80.
No team shot under par over the first day as Arizona holds the team lead at even par with second-place New Mexico sitting at 12-over 296. Only five strokes separate the Huskies from the top five. Individually, the Wildcat's Brad Reeves leads at 3-under 68.
Round two of the tournament tees off Tuesday morning at Sewailo Golf Course in Tucson. Fans can follow along on GolfStat.