Woolsey, Manke Tie For Second, UW Finishes Second At Lamkin
CHULA VISTA, Calif. – Noah Woolsey and RJ Manke tied for second place as the Washington men's golf team finished in second place as a team at the Lamkin San Diego Classic Tuesday at San Diego Country Club.
Washington had easily the best team round of the day Tuesday, posting a team score of 18-under 270 (best of the day; second best of the tournament) to move past both Notre Dame and San Diego into second place, LSU (-37, 827) won the tournament.
The Huskies steadily improved over the course of the three round, moving from 11th after one round to fourth after the second. They managed to move up two more spots in the third round Tuesday.
"Pretty amazing day that doesn't happen that often," said UW head coach Alan Murray. All five guys played really well and to have all under par rounds is really nice.
Woolsey, who shot a 3-under 69 in his second round Monday -- a major factor in the team's improvement -- played even better on Tuesday. He opened his round, teeing off on No. 1, with a birdie and an eagle, and then eagled No. 8 as well. After a bogey on No. 9, he made four more birdies on the back nine to get to 8-under for his round, best of the day at the Lamkin. He finished with a three-round score of 11-under 205.
"It was an amazing round by Noah," Murray said. "He got off to a great start and kept it rolling. Two eagles in a round is extremely rare and he hit exceptional approaches from the fairway to set them up. He scrambled when he had to and caught fire with the putter. He took advantage of his opportunities and it was big for the team."
Manke, who began the day in sixth place, opened his round with an eagle 2 on hole No. 1. He went on to card two more eagles in the round, along with a birdie, two bogies and one double bogey. After slipping to even par for the round, his eagle on 14 and birdie on No. 15 got him to 3-under for the round and 9-under under for the tournament with just three holes to play, moving him all the way to third place, one shot behind Woolsey and four back of the lead at that point. He finished with a 5-under 67 and was also 11-under for the tournament.
"It was another excellent week for RJ and he topped Noah and had 3 eagles!" Murray noted. "Pretty amazing and some guys go a whole season without making any so to have three is pretty special. RJ continues to be a rock for us and he leads by example."
In the meantime, Teddy Lin was also putting together a solid round. Starting on hole No. 2, he made three birdies on the front nine and two on the back. On the back nine, he made three birdies and two bogies to card a 2-under 70. He finished in a tie for 13th, with a 5-under 211 for the tournament.
Bo Peng (3-over 219) finished in a tie for 51st while Petr Hruby shot a 69 in his final round to finish 6-over for the tournament. Playing as individuals, Taehoon Song was also 6-over and Robert Galligan finished 15-over.
"It was a really good week for Teddy and he played solid today," Murray said. "Also a great bounce back from Petr after a tough day yesterday. His round was big for us and helped us secure second place. I'm really proud of his effort today. Bo also played really well also and responded from a tough opening round to record back to back under par rounds."
In two weeks, the Huskies return to action at the Duck Invitational in Eugene, Ore., March 21-22.