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UW Men’s Golf’s Season Ends At NCAA Rancho Santa Fe Regionals

UW Men’s Golf’s Season Ends At NCAA Rancho Santa Fe Regionals

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RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. – Entering the day 12 shots back of a qualifying position, the No. 10 Washington men’s golf team made a run early at the NCAA Rancho Santa Fe Regional but couldn’t keep the momentum going, ultimately finishing eighth after Wednesday’s final round.
The Huskies ended their run at 20-over par, coming in with an 860 collectively.
“This one hurts,” head coach Alan Murray said. “We were in a big hole headed into today and the guys came out firing and gave ourselves a chance. In the end we just hit too many bad shots for the week and the good golf we played today couldn’t outweigh our bad.
“It’s painful for our guys to finish their college careers here and like this but that’s the world of competitive sports. The highest level is harsh and you have to perform when it truly counts and we didn’t.”
Thanks in large part to a bogey-free front nine with five birdies from Taehoon Song, the Huskies shot seven-under through nine holes to give themselves a chance. While at one point sitting just a few strokes outside of fifth, the back-nine proved to challenging.
Song ultimately ended the round five-under, firing a 65, the third best round of the day. The senior closed as the second highest finishing Husky at tied for 28th, six-over overall. Teddy Lin led the way for UW, posting a two-over round to finish three-over, tied for 12th.
“Awesome round from Taehoon and he led the charge today,” Murray said. “Teddy had a very solid week and did a good job of minimizing his mistakes.”
Finn Koelle’s even-par 70 was the second best round of the day, mixing three birdies with three bogeys to finish seven-over, tied for 31st.
Bo Peng and Petr Hruby rounded things out for the Huskies, finishing tied for 37th at eight over and tied for 50th at 13-over, respectively.
“Finn played solidly and a couple of mistakes prevented him from a really good score,” Murray said. “Bo bounced back from a bad start and really battled out there. Petr has been really good all year and just had a tough week. It’s golf, it can happen. I feel bad for him but just have to take it on the chin like the team does.”
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