Men's Golfers Fall To Ninth At GADO North Texas Classic

Feb. 18, 2008

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NUEVO VALLARTA, Mexico - After sitting in second place after the first two rounds, the Huskies fell to ninth with a final-round score of 19-over 307 at the GADO North Texas Classic at the Flamingos Golf Club in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico, Monday.

The Huskies finished the 54-hole tournament at 22-over 886, despite turning in a 3-over 291 and an even-par 288 during the first two rounds on Sunday. Louisiana Lafayette won the event as the only team to finish under par at 16-under 848. Cal State Northridge was second (6-over 870) and New Orleans was third (8-over 872).

Kyle Nicolson of Cal State Northridge claimed medalist honors at 9-under 207, besting Jose Toledo of New Orleans by two strokes (7-under 209). Nicolson shot a final-round score of 5-under 67 after opening round scores of 3-under 69 and 1-under 71.

Sophomore Nick Taylor was the Huskies' leader wire-to-wire, finishing 17th on the individual leaderboard at 3-over 219. Taylor carded a final-round score of 5-over 77 following rounds of even-par 72 and 2-under 70 on Sunday. He began the day in a tie for fifth place, just two shots behind the leaders.

Joining Taylor in the Top-25 were sophomore Darren Wallace and senior Zach Bixler. Wallace and Bixler had the best rounds of the final day with identical scores of 4-over 76. Wallace finished the tournament tied for 21st at 5-over 221, while Bixler was right behind him tied for 23rd at 6-over 222.

Freshman Tze Huang Choo tied for 48th (13-over 229) and junior John Wise tied for 50th (14-over 230). Freshman Kevin Spooner played as an individual, placing 71st (46-over 262).

Up next for the Huskies will be the USC Collegiate to be held at North Ranch Country Club in Westlake Village, Calif., March 3-4.

GADO North Texas Classic
Flamingos Golf Club; Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
Par 72/6,853 Yards

Final Team Standings
1. Louisiana Lafayette 278-288-282-848
2. Cal State Northridge 286-294-290-870
3. New Orleans 283-299-290-872
4. Southeastern La. 292-288-293-873
5. Middle Tennessee State 291-295-290-876
6. Colorado State 295-288-295-878
7. Troy University 291-296-297-884
8. North Texas 297-292-296-885
9. Washington 291-288-307-886
10. Missouri 290-303-301-894
10. UALR 297-301-296-894
12. Houston 304-294-301-899
13. Ball State 302-308-306-916
14. Eastern Illinois 304-315-316-935

Washington Results
17. Nick Taylor 72-70-77-219
T21. Darren Wallace 72-73-76-221
T23. Zach Bixler 76-70-76-222
T48. Tze Huang Choo 71-79-79-229
T50. John Wise 77-75-78-230
71. Kevin Spooner* 91-85-86-262
*-played as an individual

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