Huskies Tied For Third After Round One At The Goodwin
STANFORD, Calif. – The No. 9-ranked Washington men's golf team finished day one at The Goodwin at Stanford Golf Course at 9-under par, good for a tie for third place in a strong, 28-team field, just three strokes out of first place.
Senior Noah Woolsey led the way for the Huskies, shooting a 5-under 65, tying him for third on the individual leaderboard, one shot off the lead. Junior Petr Hruby, coming of a career-best performance earlier this week at the Duck Invitational in Eugene, Ore., finished with a 3-under 67, tying him for 16th.
The UW will tee off at 7:00 a.m. Tuesday to start the second of three rounds. The tournament concludes on Saturday.
Monday, the Huskies teed off in the afternoon, while half of the 28 teams in the field began in the morning. From the start, however, the UW jumped to the top of the leaderboard, bolstered most specifically by Woolsey, who made birdie on four of the first six holes.
UCLA turned in the best team score of the teams that finished early, at 5-under 275, giving the later teams a benchmark.
Shortly after having found themselves atop the team leaderboard, several other teams surged in front of Washington before the Huskies re-lit the fire down the stretch. Woolsey, who had bogied No. 10, notched two more birdies on the back nine (at No. 14 and No. 17) to get back to 5-under. And Teddy Lin, who had a bogey on No. 10 and a double on No. 13, birdied three of the last five holes.
"Overall it was a really good day," said UW head coach Alan Murray. "Noah had a fantastic round. He was a bit of a demon on the par-3 holes."
Woolsey scored four of six birdies on par-three holes.
Meanwhile, RJ Manke, who was even through nine, picked up a birdie four on No. 16. Hruby also had three birdies over final six holes, and Taehoon Song was one-under over his final six holes.
Manke shot even-par 70 to finish the round tied for 58th in the 147-man field. Lin was 1-under, tied for 40th, while Song was 1-over, tied for 71st.
"Petr had another terrific round," Murray continued, "and Teddy had a great finish to wind up 1-under.
"Taehoon had a battling 1-over par," Murray added. "He got off to a touch start and played really solid the rest of the way. RJ for once didn't ball it out, but he played well.
"It's a great course – extremely fair," Murray concluded. "The scoring is quite good for how trick the golf course is. I think as the tourney goes on the scoring will get tougher."