Taylor moves into round of 32

Aug. 21, 2008

PINEHURST -- UW junior Nick Taylor took control early on, and saw through a 3 & 2 win against Trent Sanders during the first round of match play at the U.S. Amateur Championship at the Pinehurst Resort and Country Club on Wednesday.

Taylor, whose run at last year's Amateur title ended in the semifinal round, won two of the first three holes against the Sanders, a Scottsdale, Ariz. native. Taylor plays Kevin Marsh from Henderson, Nevada, this morning. Should he outplay Henderson, he would play another round Thursday afternoon, narrowing the field down to 16.

With a three-hole lead for the majority of the round on Wednesday, Taylor fought off a late push by Henderson, who came to within a one-hole deficit after 13. Taylor had advantages in holes 14 (4-5) and 16 (4-6) to own a three-hole advantage with just two remaining and secure a spot in a field of 32 today.

Originally, the tournament fielded 315 players looking to make the match play cut of 64. Taylor shot an even-par 140 after the two rounds of stroke play on Tuesday.

Taylor, who was the runner-up at the 2007 NCAA Championship Tournament, advanced to the semi-finals of the 2007 Amateur Championship before losing to the eventual tournament title winner, Colton Nost.
The winner of this week's amateur championship wins a spot to play in the U.S. Open and the Masters Tournament. A second place finish earns a slot in the Masters. To follow Taylor's round today, go to usamateur.org for live scoring of the match.
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