Lin Leads UW To Third-Place Finish At Southwestern
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. – Sophomore Teddy Lin finished in a tie for eighth place to lead the UW men's golf team to a third-place finish at the 43rd Southwestern Invitational at North Ranch Country Club, the Huskies' first event of the spring season.
It tied for the best finish of Lin's career, equaling his eighth-place at the 2021 Pac-12 Championships. Under windy conditions that led to higher scores across the board (11 of 12 teams added strokes over Tuesday's round), Lin made three birdies and five bogies to finish 2-over for the day and 3-under for the tournament.
Washington finished one-under on the day and completed the three-day tournament eight strokes under par (289-280-287=856).
"This was a good start to the spring season and we are proud of how the guys competed this week," said UW assistant coach Thomas Sutton. "The course was playing firm and fast and when you combine that with the wind and it being on TV, we couldn't have asked for a better challenge for our guys get better and for them to get to compare themselves against the best teams in the county."
UW teammates Noah Woolsey and Petr Hruby tied for 13th place at 1-under for the tournament while RJ Manke shot an even-par 72 Wednesday to end the tournament even, good for a tie for 18th place in the 64-player field. Sophomore Taehoon Song finished in a tie for 42nd, at 11-over.
Hruby, whose golf clubs had been lost on the way to the tournament, but were recovered in time for the final round, made five birdies and just one bogey Wednesday to shoot a 4-under 68, the third-best individual round of the day.
"The player that impressed Coach [Scott] Alexander and myself the most this week was Petr Hruby," said Sutton. "Playing with golf clubs that are not your own is challenging on a normal day, let alone a very tough course. He was able to deal with the setback for the first two rounds and, once his clubs arrived, he played a flawless round to ensure a third-place finish for the team. He has matured as a player and we believe he will be a integral part of our success."
Arizona State's David Puig (8-under 208) won the tournament's individual title for the second year in a row, leading the Sun Devils (30-under 834) to the team title. Host Pepperdine, at 17-under, was second.
"We want to thank Pepperdine University and North Ranch Country Club for putting on a great event," Sutton added. "This week was a total team effort with every player contributing, and we are excited to build upon this next week in Hawaii.
The Huskies will be back at it next Thu.-Sat. (Feb. 3-5), at The Amer Ari tournament at the Hapuna Golf Club on the Big Island of Hawai'i.
Final Team Leaderboard (Golfstat.com rankings)
1. #3 Arizona State – -30 (283-275-276=834)
2. #6 Pepperdine – -17 (287-277-283=847)
3. #21 WASHINGTON – -8 (289-280-287=856)
4. #13 Georgia – -1 (279-288-296=863)
5. #14 Wake Forest – +5 (295-286-288=869)
6. San Diego State – +7 (290-290-291=871)
7. UCLA – +12 (288-289-299=876)
8. #8 Texas – +22 (289-292-305=886)
9. USC – +29 (299-287-307=893)
T-10. San Jose State – +38 (292-297-313=902)
T-10. SMU – +38 (294-309-299=902)
12. UNLV – +42 (302-301-303=906)
Final Individual Leaderboard (top 5, and UW players)
1. David Puig, ASU – -8 (73-70-65=208)
T-2. Michael Brennan, WF – -6 (70-70-70=210)
T-2. Cameron Sisk, ASU – -6 (71-67-72=210)
T-4. Travis Vick, Texas – -5 (70-67-74=211)
T-4. Derek Hitchner, Pepp – -4 (71-70-70=211)
T-8. Teddy Lin, UW – -3 (70-69-74=213)
T-13. Noah Woolsey, UW – -1 (72-70-73=215)
T-13. Petr Hruby, UW – -1 (72-75-68=215)
T-18. RJ Manke, UW – E (75-69-72=216)
T-42. Taehoon Song, UW – +11 (79-72-76=227)