Coach Thurmond's NCAA Blog - Day Four

May 29, 2008

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Washington men's golf coach Matt Thurmond is writing a daily blog during the Huskies' run in the NCAA Championships this week. Today, Coach Thurmond writes about the team's second round that saw UW move up to sixth place and Nick Taylor up to third on the individual leaderboard with his 6-under 66...

Today was a day of Husky Golf both unlike any other and so much like so many others. In the end, we shot the third best round of the day, moved within six shots of first, and moved up to 6th place. Once again, the Dawgs are in the hunt for an NCAA Championship. The big story of the day was Nick Taylor's tournament-best round of 66. He was seven under par through 11 holes and started on the tougher side! Only those that are at this facility could possibly understand how amazing that is.

I didn't get to see much of Nick's round (although I was glued to my handheld for updates) because I walked with Choo the whole day. I'm so proud of him. He got his bell wrung pretty good yesterday and it shows great strength of character to be able to come back today with a round of even par. His round was crucial for us today.

If you watched the live scoring today you know about Zach's round. A quadruple bogey, three double bogeys, and he still shot 76! He did an amazing job of fighting back and hanging in there. I felt so bad for him to see how it finished. He got two unbelievably bad lies on the final hole. He is playing really well and will get some breaks soon. The possible good scenarios of the next two days have Zach doing special things.

There is a lot of buzz about our team out here. This is a more extreme version of what has become our modus operandi. We have a legacy now of always playing great at the end of the year and being in the hunt at the NCAA Championships. Our guys believe in that and even though four of these guys are here for the first time, they are living into the tradition that goes before them. As I watch their poise, confidence, and toughness I'm reminded that they believe in themselves so much more than anyone else believes in them. Their sense of themselves is purely internal and that is the most powerful kind.

Tomorrow could bring anything from a heroic round to a disaster. There are no guarantees or predictions coming from me. So far it has been an amazing ride for our guys and I hope it gets even better tomorrow. We'll just try to 'one shot at a time' ourselves closer to the goal. Very severe weather is rolling in so it could get really crazy out there. GO DAWGS!


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