UW Fourth After Two Rounds at West Regional

May 16, 2008

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BREMERTON, Wash. - Led by sophomore Nick Taylor's 3-under 69, the Washington men's golf team sits in a tie for fourth place after Friday's second round of the NCAA Division I West Regional held at Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Wash.

The Huskies turned in a second-day total of 6-over 294 and are knotted with No. 2 seed UCLA in fourth at 9-over 585. UW will be aiming to advance to the NCAA Championships for the ninth time in 10 years when they tee off in the regional's final round Saturday morning. Of the 27 teams competing at Gold Mountain's par-72, 7,111-yard Olympic Course, the top-10 will earn the right to continue on to nationals hosted by Purdue, May 28-31.

Top-seed USC turned in the best round of the day (5-under 283) to climb into the lead at 2-under 574. The Trojans moved past first-day leader Oregon who sits in second place (3-over 579). Clemson is in third place at 9-over 585.

The Pac-10 continues its strong presence atop the leaderboard with five of the top six teams hailing from the Conference of Champions. Arizona State is sixth at 13-over 589. The Sun Devils joined USC as the only team to turn in a second-round score under par with their 3-under 285. Pepperdine, Stanford and Kentucky are tied for seventh (17-over 593), with Wisconsin holding onto the 10th spot heading into Saturday's decisive round.

Taylor, one of five players to break 70 in the second round, remains in striking distance of the lead heading into the final 18 holes. The Abbotsford, B.C., native is 4-under 169 and two shots behind two-day leader Joey Benedetti of Oregon who is 6-under 138.

Benedetti, in the hunt for his first-ever collegiate title, has turned in back-to-back 69's. Wisconsin's Don Woltman moved into second-place with a 4-under 68 (5-under 139 overall). Saint Mary's Michael McRae is fourth at 3-under 141.

The Huskies looked like they might have been making an early push for the overall lead after playing a stellar first nine holes, with Taylor, senior Zach Bixler and freshman Tze Huang Choo all under par when they made the turn. UW wasn't able to continue that momentum on the back nine but still put up a respectable tally to keep them in the top-five heading into the final round.

Choo turned in an even-par 72 and is tied for 18th at 2-over 146. Bixler had a 3-over 75 and is tied for 42nd at 5-over 149. Sophomore Darren Wallace (6-over 150) and junior John Wise (12-over 156) round out the Husky lineup.

The top six teams will lead-off final-round play on Saturday. USC, Oregon and Clemson will tee off from No. 1 at 7 a.m. with UCLA, Washington and Arizona State getting underway from the 10th tee at 7:18 a.m. Admission to the tournament is free. Live scoring is available on GolfStat.com and GoHuskies.com.

2008 NCAA DIVISION I MEN'S GOLF WEST REGIONAL
Gold Mountain Golf Club; Bremerton, Wash.
Par 72; 7,111 yards

Second Round Team Leaderboard
1. USC 291-283-574 (-2)
2. Oregon 289-290-579 (+3)
3. Clemson 295-285-580 (+4)
4. UCLA 291-294-585 (+9)
4. Washington 291-294-585 (+9)
6. Arizona State 304-285-589 (+13)
7. Pepperdine 292-301-593 (+17)
7. Stanford 296-297-593 (+17)
7. Kentucky 302-291-593 (+17)
10.Wisconsin 304-290-594 (+18)
11. Saint Mary's 294-301-595 (+19)
11. Oklahoma 306-289-595 (+19)
13. Oregon State 302-295-597 (+21)
14. Texas Tech 302-296-598 (+22)
14. Texas 299-299-598 (+22)
16. California 305-296-601 (+25)
16. North Carolina 295-306-601 (+25)
18. UCF 301-302-603 (+27)
19. Kansas State 305-299-604 (+28)
20. San Diego State 302-303-605 (+29)
21. Florida State 304-305-609 (+33)
22. Denver 309-301-610 (+34)
23. UNLV 301-311-612 (+36)
24. LSU 304-313-617 (+41)
25. San Diego 308-310-618 (+42)
26. Navy 312-309-621 (+45)
27. Columbia 314-327-641 (+65)

Second Round - Top Five Individuals
1. Joey Benedetti, Oregon 69-69-138 (-6)
2. Dan Woltman, Wisconsin 71-68-139 (-5)
3. Nick Taylor, Washington 71-69-141 (-4)
4. Michael McRae, Saint Mary's 72-69-141 (-3)
5. Rory Hie, USC 72-70-142 (-2)

Washington Results
3. Nick Taylor 71-69-140 (-4)
T18. Tze Huang Choo 74-72-146 (+2)
T42. Zach Bixler 74-75-149 (+5)
T51. Darren Wallace 72-78-150 (+6)
T104. John Wise 78-78-156 (+12)

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