SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — The Washington men’s golf team returned to the Western Intercollegiate with a team of six Monday, and two Huskies finished in the top 20 among players. Washington’s Taehoon Song and Teddy Lin completed round one with mirrored scores of 1-under par, in a tie for 18th place.
“Teddy and Taehoon both played very steady today shooting rounds of 1-under,” said UW assistant coach Emerson Newsome.
As a group, the Huskies sit near the back of the standings, in a tie for 11th among the 14 teams attending. They face an uphill climb over the remaining two rounds of play, and hope to improve upon a modest start to the tournament.
“We got off to a tough start today on a golf course that really amplifies mistakes,” said Newsome. “The team did well to weather the slow start but the early hole we dug ourselves was challenging to overcome.”
Petr Hruby and Robert Galligan posted the next-best showings for the Huskies, finishing gritty outings to land in a tie for 52nd among the field.
“Petr was very scrappy and managed to hang in the round despite not having his best stuff,” Newsome said. “Robert, playing as our sixth man, was able to be a counting score in his first round in the starting lineup of the spring.”
Senior Bo Peng entered today’s competition fresh off last week’s third-place finish at The Goodwin tournament, his highest mark so far this season. After overcoming a slow start Monday, Peng finished strong with an even par, highlighted by four birdies and an eagle shot on the ninth hole.
“Bo responded phenomenally after his first three holes of the day and should have momentum heading into tomorrow’s second round,” Newsome said.
Joshua Koo’s round one effort landed him in 63rd place, while Aidan O’Hagan, competing as an individual, finished in a tie for 75th overall.
Round two tee times for the Huskies begin Tuesday afternoon at 12:22 p.m. PT.
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