Men's Golfers Head To Stanford For U.S. Intercollegiate

April 16, 2008

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SEATTLE - The Washington men's golf team will have its final regular season tune-up this week as the Huskies travel to Palo Alto, Calif., for the U.S. Intercollegiate hosted by Stanford at Stanford Golf Course, Saturday, April 19 through Sunday, April 20.

The 54-hole event will feature 36 holes of continuous play beginning with a 7:30 a.m. shotgun start on Saturday. The final round will also begin 7:30 a.m. on Sunday. The Stanford Golf Course will play at par-70 and 6,835 yards.

The tournament field includes many of the top West Coast teams including No. 3 UCLA, No. 5 USC, No. 11 Stanford and No. 20 Arizona State. Also competing will be San Diego State, California, UC Irvine, Minnesota, Northern Colorado, Oregon State, San Jose State, TCU, UC Davis, Nevada, Oregon and Toledo.

Washington's lineup will include sophomore Nick Taylor (Abbotsford, B.C.), sophomore Darren Wallace (Langley, B.C.), senior Zach Bixler (Richland, Wash.), freshman Tze Huang Choo (Singapore, Singapore) and junior John Wise (Bellevue, Wash.).

Stanford and Minnesota shared last year's U.S. Intercollegiate team title, while Cardinal Rob Grube won 2007 medalist honors (8-under 202). The Huskies placed fifth at last year's event, while then senior Alex Prugh led the UW charge finishing 12th.

The Huskies are coming off an eighth-place finish at the Mizzou Tiger Classic in Columbia, Mo., April 7-8. Taylor was the squad's top finisher, tying for 29th. Taylor leads the team with a 72.86 stroke average, followed by Bixler at 73.66.

This weekend's tournament will be the last on the regular season docket as the Huskies will next prepare for the Pac-10 Championships hosted by California, April 28-30.

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