WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. – The Washington men’s golf team got its spring competition schedule off to a start Monday with the first round of the Southwestern Invitational, at North Ranch Country Club. The Huskies, led by a 4-under 68 from Teddy Lin, finished the day 2-over as a team, good for a tie for sixth place.
Lin, a junior from Chinese Taipei, turned in a scorecard with five birdies and just one bogey. He bogeyed the par-3 fourth hole, before making birdies on both No. 5 and No. 6. He closed his round with birdies on three of the last four holes. Lin will head into Tuesday’s second round tied for sixth overall.
“Overall, it was a mixed day in terms of there was some good stuff from us and some things we could have been better at,” said UW head coach Alan Murray. “The first event of the spring is always a bit of an unknown in terms of how sharp will we be, but I saw lots that gives us cause for optimism and we will get sharper with each round and improve our ability to score.
“It was a great round from Teddy and he likes this golf course,” Murray added. “His round was very solid and he had a strong finish which is always pleasing to see.”
Senior Petr Hruby had a chance to join Lin under par and perhaps in the top-10, with a birdie-2 on the 17th dropping him to 2-under for the round, but made a 3-over 7 on the 18th to finish 1-over for the round, tying him for 26th, along with Husky Taehoon Song, who carded three birdies and four bogies in his first round.
“Petr had a really solid round going but had a tough last hole which was a rough break,” Murray noted, “but his game has looked very good over the last couple of weeks and he will bounce back from it.”
The two other Huskies – Bo Peng and Joshua Koo – each finished with 4-over 76’s, tying them for 48th place.
“We are a little behind the leaders but it is going to be a dogfight the whole way,” Murray said, “so this is exactly what we need and getting into the fire of competition once again.”
The second of three rounds gets underway Tuesday morning and the tournament concludes Wednesday. Live coverage on the Golf Channel begins at 1:00 p.m. PT each day, with the “College…
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