Taylor To Play In Canadian Amateur Final Friday

Aug. 16, 2007

SASKATOON, Sask. - Washington men's golfer Nick Taylor defeated Renaud Langevin, 4 & 3, in the semifinals of match play at the Canadian Amateur Championship held at the Riverside County Club, Thursday, to earn a spot in Friday's final. Taylor's trip to the final also earns him an exemption into the 2008 Canadian Open to be played next July in Oakville, Ont.

Third-seeded Taylor, a native of Abbotsford, B.C., will battle eighth-seeded Michael Knight for Canada's top amateur golf crown. After finishing third in the stroke play portion of the tournament at 3-under 141, Taylor has cruised through match play picking up five victories en route to the final. He hasn't needed a full 18 holes to defeat any of his opponents.

'It's been much tougher than the results indicate,' Taylor said. 'I've kept it on the fairway and the way the rough is this week, that's helped a lot. If you can do that consistently that puts pressure on your opponent.

Taylor defeated David Markle, 2 and 1, in the quarterfinals on Thursday morning. Last year, his run at the Canadian Amateur came to an end in the quarterfinals.

Following tomorrow's final, Taylor and UW teammate Darren Wallace will be competing in the U.S. Amateur, Aug. 20-26.