Huskies Finish Fourth at Pac-12 Championships; Two Place in Top 10
SANTA ROSA, Calif. – The University of Washington men's golf team earned their highest finish at the annual Pac-12 Championships since 2017 this week, as they finished fourth overall with a 21-under 1419 (360-361-353-345). The Huskies who as a team had the second-best score of the day with a 15-under 345, had two finish in the top 10 for the first time since 2017, as senior Jan Schneider placed sixth and freshman Teddy Lin tied for eighth.
"The guys played awesome out there today and 15-under is a great score on this course," said head coach Alan Murray. "Jan just had a great tournament all round, he played tough and we're really proud of him. Taehoon's round today was coming for him because he just does so much really well, so to shoot 7-under was really impressive. Teddy played great golf and to finish in the top 10 at the league championships as a freshman is hard to do. Henry was his usual solid self and even though Noah had an uncharacteristic back nine today he still played some great golf. Petr also was big for us today finishing with his 1-under 71. We've got regionals up next and we're trending in the right direction heading into that. We've seen that any guy can step up and that's really important for the strength of our team in the postseason."
Schneider's week was his best of the season as he finished all four rounds with scores of at least 2-under par. His 10-over 278 (70-70-68-70) was just six strokes back from the individual champion, Brad Reeves (Arizona) who won in a playoff over Stanford's Henry Shimp. Additionally, it was the first collegiate tournament for Schneider where he did not turn in an over-par scorecard in any round.
The senior opened the day with a birdie right out of the gates and followed with his third eagle of the tournament on the par-5, 501-yard fourth hole. Schneider now has 10 eagles this season and would go on to make the turn at 3-under. With a bogey sandwiched between two birdies on holes 10 through 12, Schneider was able to get back to 4-under but two more errors on the 15th and 17th pushed him back to his final score of 2-under 70. It is the highest finish for Schneider at the Pac-12 Championships as he also finished 12th as a sophomore.
Freshman Teddy Lin continued to impress as he improved his score during each round of the three-day tournament. He saved his best for last finishing with a 5-under 67, his best score as a Husky. Lin moved 14 spots up the leaderboard on Wednesday to finish tied for eighth with an overall score of 7-under 281 (73-71-70-67). It was his best finish as a Dawg and Lin was one of three freshmen finish in the top 10 at this year's league championships.
After opening the day with errors on two of his first three holes pushing him to 1-over, Lin turned it up by making four birdies over the next six to turn at 3-under. On his back nine, he started with three-straight pars, then added a birdie on the 13th followed by his second career eagle on the par-5, 537-yard 15th hole. Lin added one more birdie on the 16th before closing with a bogey on each of his final two holes.
Senior Henry Lee finished with a 1-under 287 (71-72-72-72) to tie for 28th in his final Pac-12 Championships. Five of his team-high tying 20 birdies during the event came during Wednesday's round.
Freshman Taehoon Song was just behind Lee as he turned in UW's best scorecard of the tournament with an impressive 7-under 65 to finish tied for 32nd at even-par 288 (74-75-74-65). It was the best score by a Husky overall this season and his 65 tied the second-lowest round of the entire field for the tournament. Song's round propelled him 15 spots up the leaderboard.
Song had a bogey to start the day but that was soon forgotten as he rattled off four-straight birdies from holes five to eight to make the turn at 2-under. He would add five more birdies on his back nine with just one error to finish with nine birdies total for his 7-under 65.
Senior Noah Woolsey tied for 40th with his 3-over 291 (74-76-69-74) while sophomore Petr Hruby posted his best round of the tournament on Wednesday with his 1-under 71 to finish tied 51st with a 7-over 295 (77-73-74-71).
Arizona won the team title at 41-under while Arizona State placed second (-37) and Stanford finished third (-35).
Washington will now await their fate for NCAA Regionals which will be announced Wednesday, May 5 at 11 a.m. PT on the Golf Channel and streamed live on the Golf Channel website. Washington will be hosting one of the six regional sites this year, May 17-19, at Tumble Creek Golf Course in Cle Elum, Wash. Three of the six regional sites will have 13 teams and 10 individuals competing, while three will have 14 teams and five individuals.