Schneider Leads Dawgs on Day One of Pac-12 Championships
SANTA ROSA, Calif. – After the first two rounds of the 2021 Pac-12 Men's Golf Championships held at the Mayacama Golf Club, Washington sits in seventh place with a 1-over 721 (360-361). The Huskies were led by a pair of seniors who currently sit in the top 25, Jan Schneider (T8th) and Henry Lee (T21st). Round three of the 72-hole tournament, tees off with 18 on Tuesday at 10 a.m.
"We saw a lot of good stuff out there today but probably had too many errors," said head coach Alan Murray. "The mistakes we made we probably got punished for and we'll just need to be a little better tomorrow. I don't think we're far away from having a really good round so we'll rest up tonight and get ready to get after it tomorrow. Jan played really well and we were really proud of his day. Taehoon did a lot of things really well and so did Noah but I don't think the scores reflected how well they did play. Teddy's getting better as the year goes on and getting increasingly more comfortable out there. Hopefully we can come out tomorrow with a good start and put together a great round."
Schneider posted back-to-back scores of 2-under 70 during Monday's two rounds to finish with a 4-under 140, which places him tied for eighth and is seven strokes behind first place. Starting on the 10th hole for the day, Schneider's first front nine featured two birdies and one double bogey which had him make the turn at even-par. He added a pair of birdies and pair of bogeys during his back nine but closed strong with his eighth eagle of the season, this one coming on the par-5, 568-yard ninth hole.
He opened his second round with a bogey right out of the gates followed by another one four holes later but wasn't deterred as his next 11 holes saw him go 4-under and bring his score back to 2-under overall. After a bogey on his 17th, Schneider closed with a birdie to finish at 2-under 70.
Just three strokes back is Lee as he is tied for 21st with a 1-under 143 (71-72). On the opening par-4 10th hole, Lee started with a birdie but then had errors on two of the next three holes. He went 2-under over the final five of the front nine to make the turn at 1-under. Lee's up and down back nine of three birdies to three bogeys kept him at 1-under to finish his first 18 with a 71 on the par-72 course.
Lee once again birdied the 10th to kick off the second round before a string of three-straight bogeys saw him close the front nine at 2-over. He added three birdies to just one error on his back nine to turn in an even-par 72 scorecard for the round. Lee's 10 birdies over the two rounds led the Huskies.
Freshman Teddy Lin is tied for 27th at even-par 144 (73-71) after 36 holes that saw him only make seven errors while leading the team with 22 pars and adding seven birdies. Four of Lin's bogeys on the day came in the first round and with three birdies, he carded a 1-over 73. The newcomer quickly responded by opening with a clean front nine in the second round that also featured two birdies. Lin would go on to add three bogeys while knocking in a birdie on the second and eighth holes to finish with a two-stroke improvement between the two rounds with his 1-under 71.
Senior Noah Woolsey had one of Washington's best first round scores as he carded an even-par 72. He followed with a 4-over 76 to give him a day one score of 4-over 148 which ties him for 44th. Freshman Taehoon Song is one stroke behind Woolsey as he is at 5-over 149 with rounds of 2-over 74 and 3-over 75. Song's first 18 had a team-high six birdies and he would go on to add two more in the second round to move into a tie for 46th.
Rounding out the UW squad in the 6-count-5 tournament was sophomore Petr Hruby who is tied for 53rd with a 6-over 150. Hruby put together the Huskies' best turnaround between rounds after he opened with a 5-over 77 but turned in a 1-over 73 in his second round for a four-stroke improvement which moved him 11 spots up the leaderboard. Hruby also recorded his first career eagle during the second round as he connected with the hole in just three shots on the par-5 559-yard 18th.
Day two of the 2021 Pac-12 Championships tee off at 10 a.m. from Mayacama Golf Club in Santa Rosa, Calif.