UW First, Woolsey Second After Day One At Pac-12 Championships
SAMMAMISH, Wash. – The Washington men's golf team finished day one of the 2022 Pac-12 Championships in first place, while senior Noah Woolsey sits in a tie for second after the first two rounds of play at Aldarra Golf Club.
The Huskies shot a two-round total of 4-under 706 after all 12 teams played 36 holes Monday. Woolsey, who had the low round of the day with a 65 in the first round, shot an even-par 71 in the second to finish 6-under, tied with one other for second, one shot back of the leader.
"It was a long day, and we're four shots better than where we started in terms of having a gap on the team in second place," said UW men's head coach Alan Murray. "I'm pleased with the guys' efforts."
Play continues Tuesday at Aldarra, with the third round. The first tee times are at 10:00 a.m. The tournament concludes Wednesday with the fourth round.
Woolsey finished the first round with a three-stroke lead on the field with a 6-under 65. He shot a double bogey on No. 7, but had six birdies as well as an eagle on the par-5 12th hole. Washington shot a team score of 9-under 346 to tie the Huskies with Arizona State after 18 holes.
"I got off to a great start, and kept plugging along," said Woolsey. "I was making really good putts and I am really comfortable out here. I've been playing here for five years."
Three other UW golfers finished their first rounds under par as Teddy Lin, Petr Hruby and Bo Peng all shot 1-under 70s. Senior RJ Manke began his round with a double-bogey, but finished with an even-par 71 to give the Huskies five players in the top-20 after round one.
The Huskies opened the second round well too, quickly breaking the tie with the Sun Devils to take over first place. Among their first 12 collective holes in the second round, the Huskies combined for five birdies and an eagle (Taehoon Song on No. 11) to move to 15-under before Manke, in the last group of the day, teed off.
After the rain came, however, scores across the entire field began to suffer. UW, however, maintained its lead, generally six to eight strokes ahead of the second-place teams, over the latter portion of the second round. In the end, they hold a four-stroke lead over second-place Arizona State (even-par, 710), with Stanford another two strokes back.
At the day's end, three Huskies were in the top 10. Peng, shot a 71 in the second round to finish 1-over for the tournament, good for a tie for sixth. Lin followed up his first-round 70 with a 72 in the second, good for a tie for ninth at even par.
Hruby is tied for 16th place at 2-over while Manke is tied for 28th at 3-over. Song is 4-over, tied for 34th in the 72-man field.
The Huskies get their third round underway Tuesday morning at 11:12 a.m., on hole No. 1.
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