Lin, Song Shoot 4-Under In Season-Opening Round At Maui Jim Invitational
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Sophomores Teddy Lin and Taehoon Song shot bogey-free rounds of 4-under 66 in first-day action at the Maui Jim Invitational to lead the Huskies after round one of their season-opening tournament at Mirabel Country Club in Scottsdale.
Lin (New Taipei City, Taiwan) and Song (South Korea) are tied for seventh out of 90 golfers in the field. Song is competing as an individual at the tournament.
The Huskies fired a 6-under 274 as a collective group and are tied for fifth with San Diego State.
Behind individual leader Ross Steelman's 8-under 62, Georgia Tech (-16) leads the team race with Clemson (-14) closely on their heels. The Yellowjackets and Tigers put some distance between themselves and the rest of the 14-team field, but Auburn (-9), Louisville (-7), San Diego State, Washington and Arizona (-3) are all tightly gathered just below the leaders.
"We can't win it on day one and we will look to improve on today's score in tomorrow's round," Coach Alan Murray said. "We are excited to get back out there and compete tomorrow."
Lin jump-started his round on the par-5 second hole with his first birdie of the day and added two more before making the turn. Lin tallied par on his first seven holes on the back nine before breaking through with a final birdie on the only other par-5 hole at No. 17.
Song teed off from the back-nine and started the day with a birdie on his opening hole; a three on the par-four 10th. He added birdies on No. 17, No. 3 and No. 5 to turn in an unblemished scorecard.
Senior Noah Woolsey got off to a hot start in his fifth year wearing the Purple and Gold by birdying four of his first six holes. He would tally a birdie on a total of eight holes, but a pair of bogeys and doubles left him settling for a tie in 17th with a 2-under 68 opening round.
Both senior RJ Manke and Petr Hruby ended the day even at 70 and are tied for 38th. Manke carded a bogey on No. 6 and waited until a birdie on No. 18 to end the day with a clean slate. Hruby had birdies on 12 and 14 to get to one under, but a late bogey on 16 brought him back to even par.
Freshman Aidan O'Hagan shot a 76 (+6) in his first taste of collegiate competition.
"It was a solid, if not spectacular, day for the Huskies," Murray said. "Teddy and Taehoon shot really good 4-under par rounds. Noah had eight birdies in his round of 2-under. Petr and RJ played really solid also and had even-par rounds. Aidan played better than his score, but it was his first round of college golf and he probably didn't get much good fortune. He learned a lot from today and I am sure he will bounce back tomorrow."
The Huskies will tee it back up Saturday morning for the second round and complete the tournament on Sunday.