UW Third After Day One At Maui Jim Intercollegiate
The Washington men's golf team opened the 2022-23 season Friday, completing the first of three days at the Maui Jim Intercollegiate in third place.
The UW men shot an 11-under 269 Friday at Mirabel Golf Club. Senior Bo Peng led the way with a 5-under 65 while both senior Petr Hruby and junior Taehoon Song finished at 4-uinder 66.
The tournament continues Saturday and wraps up Sunday. Washington heads into the second round tied with Tennessee for third place, one shot back of Oregon (12-under). Auburn leads the tournament at 22-under after one day.
"It was a solid round from the guys today," said UW head coach Alan Murray. "Bo, Petr and Taehoon all played very solidly without being spectacular I would say and were pretty methodical in how they played the course; just hit good shots and took advantage of the good situations they found themselves in."
The Huskies began their rounds on the back nine and were, collectively, even through their first five holes. Over the 15th through 18th holes, however, the five Husky golfers combined to record nine birdies and just one bogey.
On the second nine, the Huskies combined for 12 birdies, led by Peng, who was 4-under over his final eight holes, with an eagle, three birdies and a bogey. Song played his second nine at 2-under, with two birdies, to finish at 4-under, while Hruby was 3-under on his first nine and 1-under coming in.
Peng sits in a tie for seventh on the individual leaderboard, while Hruby and Song are among a group tied for 13th.
The two other UW men – Teddy Lin and freshman Joshua Koo – both carded 2-over 72s, tying them for 59th place in the 90-man field.
"Teddy and Joshua battled hard but just couldn't get any momentum and were a little disappointed with their scores," Murray said, "but I'm encouraged for the rest of the tournament as they know how to play this golf course. I expect they will have a point to prove to themselves tomorrow.
"We can't win it on day one," Murray concluded, "and we are a little behind the leaders but there is plenty of golf to be played and we look forward to tomorrow's round. We hit plenty of good shots today and we just have to be a bit more ruthless on the greens. We saw so many positives in today's round."