RJ Manke and strong supporting cast look to give UW men’s golf a Pac-12 title in front of home fans


Two many years soon after it was initially scheduled, the No. 8 Washington men’s golfing staff is hosting the 3-working day Pac-12 championships this 7 days, starting up Monday.

Washington was set to host the championships in 2020 at Seattle Golfing Club, but the occasion was canceled because of COVID-19. So UW’s flip was pushed back to 2022.

With Seattle Golf Club unavailable, the Huskies are internet hosting the celebration at Aldarra Golfing Club in Sammamish.

“We are massively fired up,” said UW coach Alan Murray. “It has been a long time coming. … We are genuinely honored that Aldarra agreed to host. It’s a championship-caliber study course and this is 1 of the most effective school tournaments in the environment of golfing. It’s great to have some of the very best groups coming in this article to compete. And we’re participating in in entrance of our home supporters, which doesn’t come about way too generally in college golf.”

The Huskies need to have a property-training course gain. Senior star RJ Manke said the workforce plays two or a few instances a week at Aldarra.

“There are a handful of pictures that might glance scary to someone who only receives to see it as soon as in a follow round,” Manke reported.

If Washington experienced hosted the function in 2020, it would not have experienced Manke to rely on. Manke, from Lakewood, was a junior at Pepperdine that year.

In 2021, he helped Pepperdine gain a national title. Presented an added period of eligibility simply because of COVID-19, Manke determined to use it at Washington, joining a lengthy list of household customers who are Huskies.

“It has been rather fantastic all all over and I couldn’t inquire for a much better working experience,” he mentioned.

He surely has thrived in levels of competition. Manke was the nation’s No. 1 school participant for considerably of the time, and has two wins and a exceptional eight best-three finishes (all in tournaments with at minimum 80 gamers) in 11 functions.

He is presently rated No. 4 and is No. 3 in the PGA Tour’s University rankings, with the major five gamers earning automatic entry into the Korn Ferry Tour (a single stage underneath the PGA Tour).

But Manke is not pondering about lifetime as a pro just nonetheless, not with the 3 most significant university tournaments of the year to occur: this week’s Pac-12 championships, the NCAA regionals and the NCAA championships.

“You can’t help but glimpse at (the rankings), but when I am out on the golfing training course, it is not impacting me,” he reported. “I know where by I stand, but I consider I am capable to do a superior occupation separating my views on the program and off the program, and just hitting each shot the very best I can.”

Washington has proved it is not a one particular-man workforce. The Huskies won the Goodwin match, hosted by Stanford final month, when Manke experienced by far his worst tournament of the year (a 57th-place end). It was the Huskies’ fifth gain of the year, tying a college report.

“I usually realized we had a distinctive crew, and that we experienced a bunch of excellent guys, but that really opened my eyes to how great these fellas are,” Manke reported.

Sophomore Teddy Lin gained the Duck Invitational. Fifth-12 months senior Noah Woolsey has a few career wins at UW and has completed as high as next this season. Junior Petr Hruby has completed as large as third. Sophomore Taehoon Track and junior Bo Peng spherical out the six-player Husky lineup.

Murray said it is the ideal group he has experienced in his six seasons as UW’s mentor, and the depth will be crucial this 7 days with an extra player competing (5 players compete in most gatherings). The worst score of the 6 players is thrown out soon after every single round.

“RJ has gotten a ton of press this calendar year, and rightfully so, with the type of year he has had,” Murray claimed. “But we have some (other) seriously good gamers.”

The Huskies would be delighted with an ending identical to the last time they hosted the Pac-12 championships, at Seattle Golf Club in 2009. The Huskies received the group title by 18 pictures. UW’s Darren Wallace defeat Husky teammate Nick Taylor — a two-time winner on the PGA Tour — by 4 shots to win the personal title.

Coaching the Huskies that period was Matt Thurmond, now mentor at Arizona State. His Sunlight Devils, ranked No. 4 in the nation, are a person of 3 rated teams in this week’s celebration, together with UW and No. 17 Stanford.

“It genuinely comes down to how you complete, and we feel if we play very well, we are going to be in the discussion (of contending for the tournament title) late in the fourth spherical,” Murray explained. “If we do not enjoy properly, there are some truly great teams here, so it would be tricky to acquire. With any luck , (house-program benefit) counts for a whole great deal.

Admission is totally free to this week’s occasion, which commences with two rounds Monday. Washington tees off at 8:12 a.m. for its first round and at 1:42 p.m. for its next round.

The earliest tee time for Tuesday’s rounds is at 10 a.m., and action in Wednesday’s ultimate round begins at 7:30 a.m.

Followers are not allowed to park at the region club. Spectators can park at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 26529 S.E. Duthie Hill Highway in Issaquah.

A shuttle will deliver transportation concerning the parking ton and the class every single 15 minutes, setting up at 7:30 a.m. Monday and Wednesday, and 9 a.m. on Tuesday.

Jeans and tank tops are not allowed.

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