Manke, Huskies Claim Second-Consecutive Tournament Win
CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Washington men's golf team wrapped up their fall schedule by claiming both the individual and team titles for a second-consecutive week, this time at the Oregon State Invitational.
RJ Manke won his second-straight individual crown, distancing himself from the 85-man field by four strokes with a two-day total of -9 (67-70-67=204), while the team rolled to an 11-shot victory over the 14 other squads at Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis, Ore. The last time the Huskies and an individual won back-to-back tournaments was in the fall of 2019 when Noah Woolsey and UW open the year with consecutive victories.
"I am very impressed with our performance," Husky coach Alan Murray said. "Everyone contributed. We had nine guys playing and everyone had good moments. It was a great way to wrap up fall with two team titles and two wins by RJ Manke.
For the second-straight week the Huskies and Manke were able to finish off leads they built through two rounds. Manke fired the lowest round of the day in the field, a 4-under 67. He tallied par on each of the first eight holes before rattling off three-straight birdies to open a gap between him and the rest of the field. Manke bogeyed No. 12, but capped his tournament with two more birdies to cruise to a four-shot win over Boise State's Hugo Townsend.
"RJ had an amazing fall," Murray said. "He had a scoring average of I think 67.4, and to end with two wins, it is very exciting. We are looking forward to continuing to improve over the fall and picking up where we left off in January."
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The Huskies collectively shot the lowest round of the day, scoring an even-par 284. They were -14 overall with a three-day total of 838. Boise State was the only other team to end in the red, notching a -3 (849).
While Manke's run has been remarkable, his teammates have done a fantastic job of following his lead and playing stellar, consistent golf too. A total of five Huskies dotted the top-10 of the leaderboard.
Petr Hruby continued his strong run and tied for seventh at -1 (71-69-72=212). He was joined in seventh by freshman Aidan O'Hagan, who was competing as an individual (71-70-71=212).
Noah Woolsey shot a final round 1-over 72 and Taehoon Song at 2-over 73 and both ended the tournament tied for 10th and even-par (213) overall.
Teddy Lin shot a final round 75 and tied for 18th at +4.
Three other Huskies competed as individuals in Corvallis. Drew Warford notched his first career top-25 finish, tying for 24th at +5. Justin Hopkins tied for 60th and Robert Galligan tied for 79th.
The Huskies will open spring play Jan. 24 at the Southwestern Invitational in Thousand Oaks, Calif.