Coach Thurmond's NCAA Blog - Day Five

May 30, 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 third round performance and how the team is preparing for their final round of the year...

The wind blew really hard today, the greens firmed up, and the scores soared. As a team we shot +19. We are disappointed with that, but we did not embarrass ourselves in any way. I was especially happy with how we played the final couple holes. After some disasters in the middle, we hung in there pretty well on some very difficult final holes. We made the cut, and when the teams finish the 3rd round in the morning we are likely to be in 9th place entering the final round, 14 from the leaders, UCLA. The Pac-10 has four in the top nine.

Nick was awesome again today. He shot 73 on a day when only one person broke 70. Nick finds himself in 2nd place, four shots behind UCLA's Kevin Chappell. How about two Huskies from Abbotsford, B.C. winning NCAA Championships in a four year span? Nick can do it. He isn't missing any fairways and he plays really well in the wind. He has a special ability to swing smoother and better under pressure. Most people get quick and tense under pressure, but the great ones slow down and become even more accurate and dialed in. Nick has that trait that makes champions.

Tornados rolled through town this afternoon and play was halted for the afternoon wave midway through the round. Most of our guys saw green clouds for the first time. We also did some more go-karting since it was so fun last time and brought us good energy.

Lastly, we just had a great team meeting. We reflected on the year, how far we've come, and the great opportunity that awaits us tomorrow. It was a uniquely sensitive meeting for the guys. We thanked and congratulated Zach on his great contributions. We all want to do well for him. We talked about the many people that have been such a big part of our season (Choo's dad KC, Craig Andersen, Bob Northfield, the Husky Golf Walk Ons, Zach's dad, John's step-dad Gary, Kevin Spooner, and several other were mentioned by name). Many people have been a part of this season and have given us the opportunity to be here having this historical experience. Many of you know who you are. If you are reading this you are a part of the Husky Golf Family and we thank you for sharing this experience with us.

We tee off around 11:00 AM Eastern tomorrow (8:00 Seattle time). The golf gods hold our fate in their hands, but we will be ready to bring all of our passion, focus, camaraderie, and will to our round tomorrow. We will try to let it happen. We will play relaxed with nothing to lose. Whatever happens, we will all be proud of our effort and accomplishment. Go Dawgs! Go Nick!

-Matt

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