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Manke, Murray Earn Top Honors From Pac-12 Conference

May 4, 2022

Good news continues to come for the Washington men's golf team as the Pac-12 announced its postseason honors Wednesday. UW senior RJ Manke was named Pac-12 Men's Golfer of the Year, Alan Murray was named Pac-12 Coach of the Year and four Huskies were named to the 2022 All-Pac-12 team.
Manke was joined on the All-Pac-12 first team by fellow senior Noah Woolsey, who won Pac-12 Medalist at Aldarra Golf Club last week. Teddy Lin was name to the second team while Petr Hruby earned honorable mention.
Manke is the first UW men's golfer to earn conference player of the year honors since 2010, when Nick Taylor was named co-Player of the Year for the second straight season. Manke and Taylor are the only two Husky players ever so honored.
A semifinalist for the Ben Hogan Award, Manke, from Lakewood, Wash., has led Washington to one of its best seasons in program history with six tournament team titles, including the Pac-12 Championship. With his 69.08 scoring average, Manke is currently on pace to break the UW single-season scoring record and is tied for third in program history with nine top-10 finishes so far this season. Eight of those top 10s have been third-place or better. 
In the fall, Manke began his UW career by equaling the UW 54-hole scoring record with a 195 (70-62-63) at the Maui Jim Intercollegiate. He went on to win back-to-back tournaments at the Fighting Irish Classic and the Oregon State Invitational.
Murray is the fifth UW men's golf coach named Pac-12 Coach of the Year, and the first since 2009. Now in his sixth season at Washington, he has led the Huskies to six tournament victories in 2021-22, tying for the highest total in UW history. The Huskies have finished in the top three in 10 out of 12 events so far this season, crowning their year to date with the Pac-12 Championship. He was named Conference USA Coach of the Year in 2016 at UAB, before coming to Seattle.

"I am honored and humbled to receive this award," said Murray. "I feel it is a recognition of the strength of our program and the amazing golf that our guys have played so far this year. We are so fortunate to have wonderful student-athletes that give their all every single day. This is a very special group led by two outstanding seniors, Noah and RJ. I have two amazing assistant coaches, Thomas Sutton and Scott Alexander, that work alongside me and are wonderful mentors, inspirations and influences on our guys. Their hard work and friendship makes this job so enjoyable.

"Our entire athletic department does an incredible job of supporting our kids and we have a long list of people that contribute to this effort - especially Erin O'Connell, Kaycie Bordeaux, Joe Murray, Ink Aleaga, AJ Burgin, Jeff Bechthold, Ally Gallop and of course our AD, Jen Cohen and many many more," Murray continued. "We have a lot of people that provide amazing support to our program and the passion that exists for Husky Golf is truly exceptional. Their support allows us to compete on the national stage and win Conference championships. While my name might be on the award it is really an award for the program.

"I must of course include my wife, Tisha and two kids, Mila and Max," Murray concluded. "They are so supportive of me and give me added motivation to give my best effort every day. Our program is fortunate to have great people surrounding it which makes my job so much easier. At the heart of it is wonderful and talented student-athletes."

Woolsey, a fifth-year senior from Pleasanton, Calif., is second on the team with a scoring average of 70.08. He has notched five top-10 finishes and shot 20 rounds under par this season, with his crowning achievement coming last week at Aldarra Golf Club, where he won the Pac-12 individual title. He also had top-10 finishes at the Fighting Irish Classic, the Oregon State Invitational, the Lamkin San Diego Classic and the Goodwin.

Lin, a sophomore from New Taipei City, Taiwan, was named to the second team. His 70.78 scoring average is third on the team and he is one of three Huskies to have won medalist honors at a tournament this season, having won the Duck Invitational with a 9-under 204. He also finished tied for 10th at the Pac-12 Championships.

Hruby, a junior from Pilsen, Czech Republic, earned honorable mention compiling a 71.00 scoring average to date. He carded 14 rounds in the 60s and 17 under par, good for three top-10 finishes in 2021-22. His top performance came at the Duck Invitational, where he finished third.

Later today, the NCAA will announce the field for the six NCAA Regionals. The NCAA Selection Show is live on the Golf Channel, at 1:00 p.m. PT.