Huskies in Third Heading into Final Round of NCAA Regionals
CLE ELUM, Wash. – The University of Washington men's golf team continued its solid play at the 2021 NCAA Cle Elum Regionals as they sit in third place with a 6-under 562 (280-282). Four Huskies find themselves in the top 10 heading into Wednesday's final 18 at Tumble Creek Golf Club led by freshman Teddy Lin who is tied for seventh.
"Three of our four counting players shot under par rounds today in tough, extremely windy conditions with showers on and off in a pressurized event," said head coach Alan Murray. I thought we did really well all things considered. Jan had an under par round as did Henry and Teddy was really good. Noah played like a team captain today. He has a big heart, scrapped so hard and showed a lot of his intangible qualities which was impressive. Petr just had a tough day and it's hard to follow up a 5-under round especially in these conditions. We moved up a spot on the leaderboard and are in decent position heading into tomorrow. There are a few teams ahead of us but we're going to try to catch up tomorrow."
East Tennessee State holds the team lead with an 18-over 550 (280-270) after posting a 14-under during Tuesday's round. Additionally, ETSU's Archie Davies, who holds the individual lead at 11-under 131 (68-63), set a Tumble Creek course record with his 8-under 63 in the second round.
San Francisco is one stroke ahead of Washington at 7-under 561 for second while top seed Wake Forest is in fourth at 3-undre and Utah and Pepperdine are tied for fifth at even-par 568. The top five teams following the tournament will advance to the NCAA Championships along with the top individual not on an advancing team.
Washington's day two was highlighted by the play of freshman Teddy Lin who climbed into the top 10 with his 1-under 70. He is now tied for seventh with a 2-under 140. Lin matched his day one total with a round that featured just one error. Lin made right out of the gate on seven-straight holes before his lone bogey came on the 17th. He followed with a birdie on the 18th to make the turn at even and continued his string of pars, finishing with eight more on the back nine to go along with one birdie. Over two rounds, Lin has a team-high 25 pars on 36 holes played.
"Teddy's performance was just rock solid, he just keeps getting better and better," added Murray. "When you see how hard he works, when he plays well, it's not a surprise. He's talented and works really hard and really cares about what he's doing, he does everything at a pretty high level. I'm happy for him, he deserves it."
Sophomore Petr Hruby remained in the top 10 of the field as he is tied for 10th with a 1-under 141 (66-75). Hruby seven bogeys on the day proved to be too much as he was only able to add three birdies en route to his 4-over 75.
Sharing a spot on the leaderboard for the second-straight day were seniors Henry Lee and Jan Schneider who are tied for 17th at even-par 142. Lee turned in a team-high five birdies on the day, two of which came on the last four holes of his front nine. His score was 1-over after his first three holes but quickly used those two birdies to make the turn at 1-under. After a bogey on his 11th hole of the day, Lee knocked in three straight birdies to get back to 3-under before closing the day with back-to-back bogeys for his 1-under scorecard.
Schneider's front nine mirrored Lee's as he also bogeyed the 12th and added birdies on holes 15 and 18. Starting his back nine (hole 1) with a bogey, the senior would go 2-under over the next seven holes before closing his round with a bogey on the par-4 ninth. Senior Noah Woolsey improved his day one score by five strokes as he turned in a 1-over 72 to move up 14 spots into a tie for 54th with his 7-over 149.
Washington tees off at 8 a.m. on Wednesday morning alongside East Tennessee State and San Francisco.