UW Wins The Goodwin For Second Title In Five Days
STANFORD, Calif. – For the second time in a week, the Washington men's golf team won a team championship as, on Saturday, the Huskies came from third place to win The Goodwin, at Stanford Golf Course.
Washington finished with a 22-under 818, three strokes in front of second-place Nevada. Stanford (17-under) and SMU (16-under) finished third and fourth.
"The boys played great," said Husky head coach Alan Murray. "Everyone played well. Everyone contributed. I'm really, really happy with the final score."
This past Tuesday, the Huskies won the Duck Invitational in Eugene, Ore., and had only one day off before teeing off for the first round of The Goodwin on Thursday. Saturday's victory was the Huskies' fifth team championship of the 2021-22 season, out of 10 total events.
Huskies Petr Hruby and Noah Woolsey tied for seventh place on the individual leaderboard, finishing the tournament at 7-under. Teddy Lin was 5-under overall, good for a tie for 16th place, while Taehoon Song shot a 5-under 65 on Saturday to finish in a tie for 31st place at 2-under.
The win came despite the fact that RJ Manke, the No. 2-ranked college player in the nation, finished outside of the overall top-five for the first time in 10 outings this season. At 2-over for the tournament, he tied for 57th in the large, 143-man field.
"RJ has carried us all year and didn't have the tournament he was hoping for," Murray said. "But I hope this highlights to everyone that we have a lot of really good players.
"Taehoon was 5-under and Petr was 4-under today," Murray added. "They'll get the limelight, and rightly so today. It was an awesome round for both of them. I'm so happy and proud of them.
"We'll need them all if we're going to try to do what we want to do this year," Murray concluded.
The Huskies, at 12-under (548) through two rounds, opened Saturday's final round tied for third place, eight strokes behind host and leader Stanford (20-under, 540). As the Huskies made the turn, they'd moved up to second place and, a few holes into the back nine, Washington had moved in front of the Cardinal into first place.
The UW, Stanford and SMU traded jabs, each fluctuating around 18 to 20 under-par for the tournament over much of the later stages. And, in the end, Nevada sneaked into the mix as well, but the Huskies only increased their lead, never allowing a team to pass them or even move into a tie.
All five Husky golfers made birdie on the par-5 first hole, and all five were even or better through the front nine. Lin and Song both bogied No. 2, but were par or better on all 16 remaining holes. Hruby's last bogey came on No. 4
Song, who was 3-over and tied for 81st place after two rounds, was a major factor in the win. After a birdie on No. 1 and a bogey on No. 2, he played 5-under the rest of the way, with five more birdies. His 31st-place finish was the result of moving 50 spots up the leaderboard on the final day alone.
The UW men will have 16 days before the next event, the Western Intercollegiate in Santa Cruz, Calif., the final tournament of the regular season. That three-day event, April 11-13, will air on the Golf Network.