UW Second After First Day At Husky Invitational
BREMERTON, Wash. – The Washington men's golf team finished day one of the Husky Invitational in second place, having finished the 36 holes with a team score of even-par 576. Play was suspended due to darkness with members of four teams still on the course, though UW's players had all completed their rounds.
The Huskies, hosting a total of 15 teams at Gold Mountain's Olympic Course, finished the day with three players in the top-10 heading into Tuesday's third and final round. Taehoon Song birdied four of his last nine holes to complete the day at 1-under, good for a tie for fifth place. Both Teddy Lin and Joshua Koo are tied for ninth place, at even par through two rounds.
"It was a long day on a really challenging golf course," said head coach Alan Murray. "Our boys showed a ton of heart and grit to finish as well as they did. I'm really proud of their performance today.
"The golf course was playing extremely firm and it is a championship-style set-up," Murray continued. "it exposes any areas of weakness and is mentally and emotionally demanding to play."
Not far out of the top 10 is Bo Peng, who reached 1-over thanks to an eagle on No. 14 in his second round. He's tied for 18th.
Washington also had three individual entrants in the team tournament. The top player of the day among those three was Robert Galligan, who's 4-over total is good for a tie for 29th place in the 78-man field.
UW is also hosting a concurrent individual tournament on Gold Mountain's Cascade Course. Freshman Patrick Hong, at 1-under through 36 holes, is tied for seventh in that tournament.
"I have to give a ton of credit to our volunteer assistant coach Scott Alexander, who is Mr. Gold Mountain," Murray said. "He knows this place better than anyone and has helped prepare our guys extremely well with his experience and knowledge of this golf course.
"Taehoon continues his fine form from last week and he finished both rounds really well which was big for us," Murray added. "Teddy was as steady as he is always is and made a clutch birdie on 18 this afternoon. Bo responded really well in round two and his chip in eagle on 14 kind of led the charge for our team finishing up. Joshua koo was so impressive with his even par round. For a freshmen to be able to perform so well on a tough course so early in his college career speaks to his ability and competitive savvy."
The tournament wraps up Tuesday with the third and final round.
"We have a chance to win tomorrow and we just have to do the little things well and see where that gets us," Murray concluded.