Taylor Qualifies For U.S. Open

June 3, 2008

CRESWELL, Ore. - Just two days after tying for runner-up honors at the NCAA Championships, Washington sophomore golfer Nick Taylor earned a spot in the 2008 U.S. Open by winning the sectional qualifier at the Emerald Valley Golf Club in Creswell, Ore., Monday.

Taylor, a native of Abbotsford, B.C., shot a 36-hole score of 6-under 138 to win the qualifying tournament. Taylor carded a 2-under 70 and a 4-under 68 in the two rounds.

Joining Taylor as one of the two qualifiers to come out of Creswell was former Husky Rob Rashell. Rashell, who played at Washington from 1996-99, came in second behind Taylor with a 4-under 140 (69-71).

Both Taylor and Rashell will compete in the 2008 U.S. Open to be held June 12-15 at Torrey Pines Golf Club in San Diego, Calif.

On Saturday, Taylor finished in a tie for runner-up honors at the NCAA Championships, becoming the third player in UW history finish second or higher at nationals. Taylor finished the tournament at 1-over 289 (75-66-73-75) and just three shots behind NCAA Champion Kevin Chappell of UCLA.

Taylor, a 2008 Ping All-Region honoree, set a UW school record when he tied for a runner-up finish at the 2008 NCAA West Regional, May 15-17 (71-69-71-211). Taylor also won the 2007 Canadian Men's Amateur last summer.

Other current Huskies who played at the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier in Creswell, Ore., but did not advance were senior Zach Bixler (70-81-151) and junior John Wise (79-77-156). Freshman Tze Huang Choo played in the Daly City, Calif., sectional qualifier (74-83-157) but did advance.

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