Washington finishes 13th at Gators Invitational
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Washington men's golf team finished 13th at the condensed Gators Invitational on Saturday with a 4-under 836 (277-277-282). Competing in a field of nine ranked teams, the Huskies were led by senior Noah Woolsey who tied for 28th at 3-under 207. The event, scheduled for three days was condensed into two due to inclement weather in the area.
"It was amazing that we managed to get the entire tournament in over two days even with a delay this morning, but sadly we didn't have Henry Lee due to injury so he couldn't finish round two or three," said head coach Alan Murray. " This week was progress, we came to a part of the country we aren't familiar with on grass that we don't play a lot and played against a really strong field. We didn't perform how we wanted but I saw a lot of really positive things from our group."
Saturday opened with the field finishing round two which was cut short due to darkness on Friday then immediately led into round three. Woolsey closed out his second 18 holes of the event at 1-under 69 and followed with an even par 70 to lead the Dawgs for third-straight event. His final scorecard was a 68-69-70 for a total of 3-under 207.
Sitting right behind him was freshman Teddy Lin who posted a 1-under 209. Lin, like Woolsey, did not post an over-par round in the two-day event as he went 70-69-70 to finish tied for 42nd.
Senior Jan Schneider finished at even-par 210 (69-69-72) to tie for 48th. Rounding out the Huskies lineup was freshman Taehoon Song who tied for 90th at 216. Despite a first round score of 6-over 76, the newcomer recorded back-to-back rounds of even-par 70 for his 216. Senior Henry Lee withdrew from the event after the first day and did not finish his round.
"I was really proud of the guys that fought hard this afternoon in round three," added Murray. " Taehoon showed amazing grit to shoot even par after a tough first nine holes. He really took a step forward competing in the lineup this week and learned a lot. Teddy was solid and took a step forward as well, he's a very solid player just like Noah who is just rock solid and so reliable. Though this week was below his high standard he shows that he sets the bar in so much for our team. Jan also had a steady week and is showing signs that he is getting back to his best. His ball striking was excellent and we need him playing his best."
Washington next takes the course on March 8-9 at the Lamkin Invitational in San Diego.