Play Paused During Round Two At Weather-Condensed Gators Invitational
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Washington men's golf team is currently sitting at 7-under at the Gators Invitational. The event features nine teams ranked in the top 25 and was supposed to be played with 18 holes played a day over three days. Due to incoming weather the tournament was condensed as the coaches decided to try to get as much of round two out of the way on Friday as well.
Washington managed to get well through the second round before play was halted and will have between 6-7 holes among the lineup to finish before the third round, which will start immediately after. The second-round scores posted are not official as of now, they will be finalized tomorrow.
"There were some really positive and encouraging signs that we saw out there today," said head coach Alan Murray. "It's a very strong field and a definitely challenge for us coming to the south and playing on this kind of grass but we are definitely taking steps in the right direction. I was really pleased with how the guys have dealt with everything and everyone is playing pretty steady. This is the most golf our guys have played in a single day in competition in a while so now we just have to finish out round two as strong as we can and hope that we can get round three in for a full 54-hole score."
Leading the way for the Dawgs through 33 holes was senior Jan Schneider as he sits at 2-under after day one. Schneider has only posted five blemishes so far and his day featured six birdies and one eagle. After getting to 3-over after seven holes on his first round, the senior responded with by going 4-under to close out that 18 at 1-under. He then opened the second round with his second eagle of the season on the par-5, 565 yard seventh hole. Schneider had two bogeys to bring him back to even par but finished with a birdie on the 18th and three more pars to close the day. He will have three to play in round two Saturday morning.
Senior Noah Woolsey and freshmen Teddy Lin also sit at 2-under with Woolsey only getting through 29 and Lin finishing 33 on the day. Woolsey opened with a 2-under 68, which was the Huskies best score of the first round. Overall he turned in six birdies during his play and will be at even-par to close out round two. Lin carded an even-par 70 to start the event and was able to climb up the leaderboard during the second round as he sits at 2-under with three to play.
Rounding out the UW squad was senior Henry Lee and freshman Taehoon Song. Lee is at 1-over after making an even-par 70 in his first round while Song is at 5-over but sits at 1-under in the second round with six holes to play.
Play will tee off at 8 a.m. ET with the goal to finish the entire tournament on Saturday before inclement weather enters the area.