Manke, Woolsey Lead UW To Another 15-Under Round At Amer Ari
WAIMEA, Hawai'i – Led by seniors Noah Woolsey and RJ Manke, the 21st-ranked Washington men's golf team shot a 15-under 273 for the second day in a row. The Huskies head into the final round of the Amer Ari Invitational in third place, six strokes back of the lead.
Manke finished his round with seven birdies, including four out of his last five holes. The only blemish on his card was a double-bogey 6 on No. 18 (Manke started on No. 8 thanks to a shotgun start). For the second day in a row, he shot a 5-under 67, putting him 10-under for the tournament, tied for third place on the individual leaderboard.
Woolsey shot a 4-under 68 Friday. The senior made birdie on his first hole (also No. 8), and had collected five birdies before making his first bogey on his next-to-last hole (No. 6). Paired with his opening-round 69, he finished the day 7-under for the tournament, good for a tie for 15th place.
"It was another great day," said UW head coach Alan Murray. "We got off to a pretty good start and everyone was moving along nicely, but then we had a little blip with some bogies. But after that, all our guys were really impressive on their last few holes.
"RJ had another terrific round at 5-under," Murray said. "Noah had a great round at 4-under. He made bogey coming in that frustrated him a little."
No. 11 Texas Tech shot a 21-under 267 for the round to take the lead, at 36-under through two rounds. No. 3 Arizona State is second, one stroke behind. Tech's Baard Skogen holds the individual lead at 13-under
All but one of the seven Huskies competing at Hapuna Golf Course (two as individuals) shot even par or better. Both Petr Hruby and Teddy Lin finished their round with 3-under 69s, each scoring six birdies on the day. They're both tied for 28th overall, at 5-under.
Bo Peng, appearing in his first tournament since March of 2020, shot even-par Friday. Paired with his 5-under round on Thursday, he's also in a tie for 28th alongside his two teammates.
"Teddy made a couple of clutch birdies and Petr made a great birdie on his last hole with a really nice two-putt. And for Bo to grind out a level par was impressive.
"I'm really proud of our guys," Murray said. "Everyone is playing well and we're six back of Tech, who had a great round. We have a chance to win tomorrow, we just need a really great round."
Taehoon Song and Drew Warford both competed as individuals. Song shot an even-par 72 and is even for the tournament, while Warford was 1-over on Friday and 2-over for the two rounds.
The third and final round will get underway Saturday morning with a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. HT/9:30 a.m. PT.