Woolsey Claims Second Place at Duck Invitational
EUGENE- Senior Noah Woolsey recorded his highest finish of the season on Tuesday as he was runner-up at the annual Duck Invitational, hosted by the University of Oregon at the par-71 Eugene Country Club. Washington as a team finished fourth overall with a 24-over 876 (289-294-293) for its second-straight top five showing of the season.
The Huskies also saw senior Henry Lee finish in the top 10, tying for sixth, for its first tournament with two top-10 student-athlete performances.
"Noah played a really good round today and really did all he could, finishing second," said head coach Alan Murray. "Henry also put together a good score to get another top 10 finish for us. Petr struggled a little bit but held it together and ended up counting in our final score. Jan just had a tough day at the office. Overall, we just scrapped and fought and did as well as we could really. We quickly head to Stanford for The Goodwin which is a really strong field and we're looking forward to getting back on the course."
Woolsey showcased his steady play throughout the two-day 54-hole event as he did not post a round above par. The senior finished with a final scorecard of 4-under 209 (69-71-69) for his best effort this season. It is the sixth career top five finish and seventh career top 10 scorecard.
"The course was very similar to Seattle Golf Club, which we practice at, and I was very comfortable with the weather and the set up down in Eugene," said Woolsey. It wasn't my best week tee-to-green in regards to ball striking, but I was able to get around the course very well and putted well with a good attitude and that helped a lot. Also, while it would have been great to win, it's nice to go down to Oregon and finish higher than all the Oregon guys individually. I've got a lot of work to go and I think I took a step in the right direction this week."
Woolsey was nearly perfect over the final 18 as he opened the front nine with a 1-under thanks to a birdie on the par-5 sixth hole. He opened the back nine with another birdie and his only error came on the 11th with a bogey on the par-11. Quickly responding, Woolsey went back to 1-under with his birdie on the par-5 13th hole. He matched his day one score and finished just two strokes behind Hugo Townsend from Boise State who took the individual title at 6-under.
Lee also recorded his best finish of the season with a 3-over 216 (71-73-72) to tie for sixth. Lee moved up four spots on the leaderboard during Tuesday's final round with his 1-over 72. The senior committed just the one blemish on the par 3 fifth hole and made par on the remaining 17. He has now recorded 12 career top 10 performances, which ranks tied for 10th all-time at UW.
"I feel very privileged to be included in the top 10 all time for career top 10 performances," said Lee. "Honestly my game was similar to Noah's. I didn't hit well of the tee, but knowing the course, I knew where to not hit it and I knew where back to get to par. I tried to stay as positive as well, that just helped me gain shots where I could get them and end up finishing where I did."
Competing as an individual, freshman Taehoon Song, also made moves during the final round, climbing five spots into a tie for 24th with his 9-over 222 (78-71-73) Senior Jan Schneider posted a 15-over 228 (71-73-81) to tie for 47th while sophomore Petr Hruby carded a 19-over 232 (78-79-75), tying for 64th. Rounding out the Husky crew was freshman Teddy Lin as he tied for 72nd with his 22-over 235 (76-82-77).
The Huskies waste no time as they return to the course Thursday at the annual Goodwin Classic hosted by Stanford, March 25-27.