Dawgs Head to Gators Invitational, Feb. 12-14
SEATTLE – The University of Washington men's golf team heads down south to take part in the three-day Gators Invitational. The 21-team field will play 18 holes each day at the par-70, 6,701 yard Mark Bostick Golf Course in Gainesville from Friday-Sunday, Feb. 12-14. Competing in the event include nine teams ranked in the latest GolfWeek Top 25.
THE FIELD (GolfWeek Rankings): No. 2 Vanderbilt, No. 4 Tennessee, No. 5 Georgia, No. 11 Arkansas, No. 14 Auburn, No. 16 Alabama, No. 19 South Carolina, No. 22 Florida, No. 23 North Florida, Coastal Carolina, Georgia Southern, Jacksonville, Liberty, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Penn State, UCF, South Florida, West Virginia and Washington.
THE LINEUP: The Huskies will play senior Noah Woolsey, freshman Teddy Lin, senior Henry Lee, senior Jan Schneider and freshman Taehoon Song.
LAST TIME OUT: Washington posted a sixth-place finish at the 30th annual Amer Ari Invitational in Waimea, Hawaii last week. The Dawgs were led by Noah Woolsey who recorded his best showing of the young season by finishing 15th at 1-under 215. Freshman Teddy Lin also earned his top finish as he tied for 18th with a 3-over 219. All five Huskies in the lineup finished in the top 40 with Lee tying for 29th, Schneider tied for 31st and freshman Robert Galligan finishing tied for 40th.
WOOLSEY BACK IN FORM: Senior Noah Woolsey, who was named to the PING All-American Honorable Mention team a year ago, has picked up where he left off, leading the Huskies in both of the young season's tournaments. Most recently he finished 15th overall with a team-best 13 birdies at the Amer Ari Invitational and turned in his best 18-hole scorecard of the season with a 6-under 66. He also finished in the top 35 in the season-opening Arizona Invitational, tying for 34th.
LAST SEASON'S SUCCESS: The Huskies made their name known on the national scene last season, moving up to as high as No. 11 in the nation with their performances. Washington only finished below third in one of eight events. They took home team championships at the Husky Invitational, the Old Town Intercollegiate, the Georgetown Intercollegiate and the Seminole Invitational. They also placed second at the Ka'anapali Collegiate and the Bandon Dunes Championship while finishing third at the Arizona Intercollegiate. Additionally, three different student-athletes brought home individual titles throughout the season.
WHAT'S BACK: The Huskies return the majority of the top of their lineup from a year ago in seniors Noah Woolsey, Jan Schneider and Henry Lee, who was given an extra year due to last season being cut short due to COVID-19. Additionally, Washington returns sophomores Petr Hruby and Nate Anderson. Woolsey, Lee and Schneider all won tournaments as individuals last season. Woolsey was on the PING All-American Honorable Mention Team and won three individual titles to lead the team.
WHO'S NEW: Washington welcomes three newcomers to the team this year in Teddy Lin, Taehoon Song and Robert Galligan. Lin, from New Taipei City, Taiwan, comes to the Dawgs after being ranked as high as 113 by the WAGR. Song, originally from South Korea, but competed at Anaheim Discovery Christian (California) won the AJGA Junior in April of 2019 and has been ranked as high as fifth in the AJGA rankings. Galligan crossed the Atlantic Ocean from Ireland to join the UW squad. He was a standout member of the Irish Boys team and had success on the junior circuit in Ireland before coming over to the U.S.
SPRING SCHEDULE: Head coach Alan Murray's Huskies opened the spring campaign at the Arizona Intercollegiate before heading to Waimea, Hawaii to take part in the 30th Amer Ari Intercollegiate (Feb. 2-24). The Dawgs then will compete at the Gators Invitational (Feb. 12-14). Washington then goes to the Lamkin Invitational, March 8-9, hosted by San Diego State before taking on the Duck Invitational, March 22-23 in Eugene. Following The Goodwin, hosted by Stanford, March 25-27, Washington will close the regular season at the Western Intercollegiate, April 12-14 in Santa Cruz, California. The Pac-12 Championships will be played in Santa Rosa, California, April 26-28. Washington is hosting an NCAA Regionals Site at Tumble Creek Golf Club in Cle Elum, May 16-19.