Huskies on Top After Round One at Western Intercollegiate
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – The University of Washington holds a three-stroke lead on the field at the 74th annual Western Intercollegiate as the Dawgs carded an even-par 350 on the prestigious par-70, 6,615-yard Pasatiempo Golf Course. UW has four players in the top 15 after the first 18 holes led by senior Noah Woolsey and sophomore Petr Hruby who are tied for sixth overall.
"Great round from the guys today, this course is fantastic and a great test," said head coach Alan Murray. "It is all about being on the correct side of the hole and being really smart if you get out of position. The guys did a great job of that today. I have to make sure to mention our volunteer assistant Scott Alexander who is filling in this week. He has vast experience of this course and was a huge help today. We'll recharge tonight and we play tomorrow afternoon. We're excepting the course to continue to firm up. It will be another tough test tomorrow but we are looking forward to getting back at it."
Woolsey turned in a strong 1-under 69 on the day and currently sits tied for sixth. Wasting no time, Woolsey got to work quickly, making birdie on the second hole and the fifth. He closed out his bogey-free front nine with an eagle on the par-5, 502-yard ninth hole to make the turn at 4-under. The senior's back nine was not as successful but even despite three bogeys, he still made par on the other six holes to turn in his 1-under scorecard.
"Noah was excellent today," added Murray. "He had a couple of bogeys late on, which I'm sure he will feel down about, but it shouldn't take away from the excellent golf he played, including a wonderful eagle on the ninth hole."
His round was matched by sophomore Petr Hruby as he also carded a 1-under 69, his best 18-hole score of the season. Hruby, also tied for sixth, started the day with back-to-back bogeys on his first two holes but quickly bounced back to go bogey-free the remainder of the round. He tapped in three birdies along the way and led the team with 13 pars.
"That was a great round by Petr," said Murray. "He has been working really hard on his game and got his reward with his 1-under par today. He can take a lot of confidence from that and carry it to the next rounds."
Senior Henry Lee and freshman Teddy Lin also found themselves in the top 15 after Monday's round as they are both tied for 12th at even-par 70. Lee opened with five-straight pars before sandwiching a pair of bogeys in between two birdies to close the front nine back at even-par. He had the same sequence on holes 14-17 on the back nine bring him back to even-par.
Lin's 18-hole scorecard showed a little bit of a struggle on the front nine as he posted two bogeys and a double to match his three birdies, making the turn at 1-over. The freshman then went bogey-free on the back nine and added one birdie to give him an even-par round on the challenging course.
"We saw the same steady play from Henry and Teddy as they finished at even par," added Murray. "Jan said he struggled a little but he still had a solid round at 2-over. Taehoon had an off day but he will be needed over the final two rounds. "
Senior Jan Schneider registered a 2-over 72 to tie for 28th while freshman Taehoon Song is tied for 76th at 8-over 78.
"We have some really good players and they are capable of making birdies which you will make on this course, but it can bite you in the backside if you get reckless," said Murray. "The guys did a fantastic job of being very disciplined today."
The second round of the 74th Western Intercollegiate gets underway for the Dawgs at on Tuesday at 12:40 p.m. Golf Channel will be airing live coverage from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. and live scoring can be found on Golfstat.com.