UW Heads Into Final Round At Pac-12 Championships In the Lead
SAMMAMISH, Wash. – Bolstered by three players making birdies on both the 17th and 18th holes in Tuesday's third round, the Washington men's golf team will take a seven-stroke lead into the final day of the 2022 Pac-12 Championships, which gets underway Wednesday morning at 7:30 a.m. at Aldarra Golf Club.
The Huskies came into Tuesday with the lead, but got off to a slow start and at points dipped to third place. By the end, however, the UW team score was the best of the – a 1-under 354. Through three rounds, the Huskies are the only team under par, with a 5-under total of 1,060 strokes. Arizona State is second, at 2-over 1,067. Stanford is two more strokes back at 4-over.
"We had the lowest team score of the day, which is really pleasing," said UW head coach Alan Murray. "Finishing the way we finished, we saw the guys' heart and resiliency."
Three Huskies finished Tuesday's round in the top 10. Senior Noah Woolsey, shot a 3-under 68, and is 9-under for the tournament, good for second place. Bo Peng carded a 1-under 70 Tuesady and in tied for fifth at 2-under for the tournament, while Teddy Lin was even for the round and is even for the tournament, placing him in a tie for seventh.
Stanford's Barclay Brown heads into the final day of competition in first place, at 10-under, just one stroke ahead of Woolsey.
UW's Taehoon Song, who had both a double and triple bogey in his first three holes, was one of the three Huskies to birdie the 17th and 18th (along with Woolsey and Peng) and came back to finish his round with a 1-over 72. He's tied for 26th overall at 5-over. Petr Hruby shot a 2-over 73 Tuesday and is tied for 22nd at 5-over, while senior RJ Manke is tied for 31st at 6-over, after shooting a 3-over 74 in round three.
"We didn't get off to a great start on the front nine," Murray said. "Taehoon had a triple and double and ended up counting for us. He had one of the rounds of the year year. It was huge."
Washington will be paired with Arizona State and Stanford for the final round. Those three teams will tee off of hole No. 1 beginning at 8:42 a.m. PT. The final group tees off at 9:42 a.m.
"I'm really proud of the guys," Murray concluded. "We have to pay a good round tomorrow if we want to win this thing. We'll have two really good teams trying to chase us down."
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