Manke’s Second-Place Finish Highlights Huskies Appearance In Windon Memorial
GLENCOE, Ill. – RJ Manke recorded his third top-three finish in as many tournaments and Washington ended up sixth as a team at the two-day Windon Memorial tournament that concluded Tuesday at Lake Shore Country Club in Glencoe, Illinois.
Manke, a native of Lakewood, Wash., and transfer from Pepperdine, finished on the podium with a second-place finish. The fifth-year senior has finished second in back-to-back tournaments after last week's Husky Invitational and was third in the season-opening Maui Intercollegiate.
"Just another strong week from RJ," is how Husky coach Alan Murray summed up Manke's latest performance.
Manke entered the final round with a one-shot lead over Kansas' Davis Cooper and shot a 1-under 70. He scored par on each of the first nine holes before bogeying the 10th hole. He scrapped back with a birdie on No. 13 and No. 17 to go into the clubhouse at 7-under (71-65-70=206).
Cooper took over the lead during the front nine with three birdies and never gave it back. He finished with a birdie on No. 18 to shoot a 67 and earn a two-stroke win at -9 (204).
On the team side, the Huskies entered the final round second overall at -7 but could not find the magic on Tuesday. They combined to shoot 3-over 287 and ended up -4 overall (284-277-287=848). Kansas took home the team title by seven shots at -18. Host Northwestern was second at -11.
"Overall, I'm probably a little disappointed with our team score," Murray said. "But I felt like we played better than we scored. We just couldn't get the ball in the hole.
"Noah and RJ were really solid once again. Teddy and Petr got off to tough starts but battled back. Aidan had a tough finish."
Noah Woodley was the Huskies' No. 2 finisher, tying for 21st at -1 overall (71-71-70). He was 2-under for his round before bogeying the 18th hole, his only blemish on the scorecard Tuesday.
Petr Hruby had all pars through his first 12 holes except for a hiccup on No. 3 where he had to count a triple. He battled back with three birdied on the final six holes, but also had three bogeys during the stretch. He was UW's No. 3 finisher, tying for 30th overall at +1.
Teddy Lin started with three-straight bogeys, before righting the ship with a birdie on the fourth hole. He had all pars the rest of the way and shot a 73 for a three-round total of +5 (218) to tie for 47th.
Freshman Aidan O'Hagan shot a final round 75 and tied for 77th in the tourney at +11.
Taehoon Song, competing as an individual for the Huskies, shot a 2-over 73 and tied for 45th in the tourney at +4.
"There were a lot of positives for the week," Murray said. "We got experience in championship-style conditions with fast, contoured greens that will serve us well moving forward.
"We have a quick turnaround as we travel back to the Midwest and play at Notre Dame (Oct. 4-5) next week. We just have to keep grinding and working to get better."
|2||RJ Manke (1)||71||65||70||206|
|T21||Noah Woolsey (2)||71||71||70||212|
|T30||Petr Hruby (4)||72||68||74||214|
|T47||Chuan-Tai Lin (3)||70||75||73||218|
|T77||Aidan O'Hagan (5)||76||73||75||224|