Taylor Named to PING All-America Honorable Mention Team

June 9, 2008

NORMAN, Okla. - Washington sophomore golfer Nick Taylor was selected to the 2008 PING All-America Honorable Mention Team by the Golf Coaches Association of America.

Taylor, a native of Abbotsford, B.C., earned his first career All-America nod after being named to the PING All-Pacific Region Team in May. The honor caps a standout season for the Husky sophomore who shared runner-up honors at both the 2008 NCAA West Regional and the 2008 NCAA Championships.

Taylor led the Huskies with a 72.81 stroke average this season, placing as UW's top finisher in seven tournaments and notching six top-10 finishes. He helped Washington to a fourth-place regional finish and a stellar seventh-place NCAA Championship finish.

Taylor turned in career-best 18-hole scores this year, twice firing a 66 at the UH-Hilo Invitational (Feb. 7, 2008) and at the NCAA Championships (May 29, 2008). His 9-under 201 at the UH-Hilo Invitational also established a career-low 54-hole total.

Taylor is the first Husky to earn All-America honors since a trio of UW players did so in 2006 including Alex Prugh (third-team), Zach Bixler (honorable mention) and James Lepp (honorable mention).

Taylor will be competing as one of 10 amateurs in the U.S. Open this week at Torrey Pines Golf Club in San Diego, Calif. The tournament will be held June 12-15. Taylor will begin first round action on Thursday from the first tee at 12:41 p.m. PT. He will be paired with Charlie Beljan and former Husky Rob Rashell. The same trio will tee off their second round on Friday from the 10th tee at 7:11 a.m. PT.

Taylor qualified for his first U.S. Open by winning the sectional qualifier in Creswell, Ore., June 2.

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