UW Third After Day One At Western Intercollegiate
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – The No. 6-ranked Washington men's golf team finished day one at the 75th annual Western Intercollegiate in third place, posting a team score of 23-over 373. Play was suspended due to darkness with just two teams left on the course.
Conditions at Pasatiempo Golf Club were cold and windy and the scoring showed it as no players finished the round under par, and only four finished at even.
"It was extremely windy and cold," said UW head coach Alan Murray. "This course is notorious for extra fast, contoured greens, which is fine, but when you factor in high winds, it really makes it a handful. Look at the scoring. Every team is quite a bit over par. That shows how it was."
The UW was led by senior Noah Woolsey, who finished round one in a tie for seventh with a 2-over 72. He opened the round 3-over through the first four holes before finishing with four birdies, four bogies and a double.
Senior RJ Manke finished one shot back of Woolsey, in a tie for 13th place with a 3-over 73. Bo Peng is tied for 20th at 4-over and Teddy Line shot a 6-over 76 to finish the round tied for 29th.
"Our guys did a great job," Murray said. "They battled as hard as they could. Noah had a great round. Two-over is excellent. And we got another great round from RJ. It was really pleasing to see all of them fight as hard as they could all the way until the end."
When the Huskies finished their round, they sat in seventh place, with more than half of the field behind them and scoring only growing higher as the day went on.
By the end of the round, Washington's 23-over score had moved them up to third. No. 8 Pepperdine leads with at 18-over, but were one of the two teams that didn't complete their rounds. No. 9 Texas is third at 21-over.
Tuesday, the Huskies will tee off for the second of three rounds. Golf Channel will carry live TV coverage from 3:30 to 7:00 p.m.