Taylor Wins Canadian Men's Amateur Title
Aug. 17, 2007
SASKATOON, Sask. - Washington men's golfer Nick Taylor won the 2007 Canadian Men's Amateur title at the Riverside Country Club in Saskatoon, Sask., Friday. Taylor, a UW sophomore-to-be, defeated Michael Knight in the match play final on the 38th hole to claim Canada's top amateur golf crown.
With his victory, Taylor became only the second player to win the Canadian Men's Amateur title one year after claiming the Canadian Junior Boys' Championship. Brent Franklin of Calgary is the only other to have achieved that feat when earned his second junior title in 1984 and then captured his first of three amateur titles in 1985.
By making it into the final, Taylor had already secured an exemption to the 2008 Canadian Open to be played next July in Oakville, Ont.
Taylor and Knight battled neck and neck all day, with both players holding leads at various points of the match. After Knight earned a 2-up, Taylor came storming back to move 3-up. Taylor could have put Knight away down the stretch but he three-putted the final three holes and both players were even on the 36th. The win came down to the 38th hole with Taylor hitting a bunker shot onto the green after Knight sailed the same bunker shot out of bounds.
'It was tough the last few holes,' said Taylor. 'My putting wasn't there like it was all week. I just had to hold my composure and put everything in perspective. I kept telling myself to hold tough and work through it.'
Taylor won't have much time to enjoy his victory as he is back out on the links starting Monday at the U.S. Amateur in San Francisco, Calif., Aug. 20-26. He will be joined by UW teammate Darren Wallace and former Husky teammate Alex Prugh at the event.