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Huskies, Manke, Tied For 10th After First Round At NCAA Regional

May 16, 2022

STOCKTON, Calif. – The Washington men's golf team finished round one of the NCAA Stockton Regional in a tie for 10th place, needing to move up at least four spots over the remaining two rounds to advance to the national tournament.
 
The No. 2-seeded Huskies finished their round with a team score of 3-over 291. Senior RJ Manke had the top round of the day among UW golfers, shooting a 2-under 70 to place himself in a tie for 10th on the individual leaderboard.
 
The top-five finishing teams at the Stockton Regional will move on to the NCAA Championships May 25-June 1 at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., and despite sitting 10th, the Huskies' 3-over score places them just four strokes shy of fifth place (LSU and Liberty are tied for fifth at 1-under) after one round. Round two at The Reserve at Spanos Park tees off Tuesday morning, and the third round is Wednesday.
 
"We will have to play two good rounds and get ourselves back to close to the lead," said head coach Alan Murray. "There's a good score out there on that golf course, but it's very windy and there are a couple of holes where, if you find the wrong spot, you'll be punished."
 
Manke, the Pac-12 Men's Golfer of the Year, was 1-over through his first nine holes, before making four birdies on the back nine. He bogied No. 18 to finish 2-under. 
 
Junior Petr Hruby carded three birdies and two bogies in his round to finish 1-under 71, good for a tie for 19th place overall.
 
Pac-12 champion Noah Woolsey had a rough start to his round, with double bogies on each of the first two holes, but was 1-under the rest of the way to finish at 3-over par. Two other Huskies – Teddy Lin and Taehoon Song – were also 3-over, tying that trio for 55th on the individual leaderboard. Song was very close to finishing an excellent round before a triple-bogey on No. 17 and a double on No. 18 moved him from 2-under to 3-over.
 
"Those are the breaks that golf gives you sometimes," Murray said. "We need to dust ourselves off and learn from it, and try to be better and a little more ruthless tomorrow. We will focus on tomorrow and be ready to go when the bell rings."
 
The Huskies will tee off of hole #10, beginning at 8:55 a.m. PT Tuesday morning, playing with Nevada and Weber State.