Huskies Lead At Duck Invite

March 23, 2009

EUGENE, Ore. -- Facing tough weather conditions, the Dawgs shot a combined 8-over, 581 to lead the Oregon Duck Invitational by eight strokes on Monday.

The University of Washington men's golf squad shot a tournament low 285 in the first round before falling victim to the weather and shooting a 296 in the second -- which was a theme for most teams on the day.

'The elements were definitely more difficult during the second round. I think a lot of teams scored worse,' said UW coach Matt Thurmond. 'It was cold, windy and rainy already, but the greens got softer and bumpier as the day went on.'

Leading the Huskies was junior Nick Taylor, who shot a 1-under 143 for the day, which was puts him in second place. Leading is Oregon's Jack Dukeminier at 2-under.

'Nick shot very well today. If he would have made a few putts, he could have been up by a few strokes, but he's in a good position,' Thurmond said.

The Huskies have already won a pair of tournaments during the 2008-09 season in the Husky Invitational in September and the Fresno State Lexus Classic earlier this month. Following Taylor in the standings for the Dawgs is junior Darren Wallace at 1-over (145) and tied for sixth place, Tze Huang Choo (147), who is in 14th place, Richard Lee (148) in 19th place and Chris Killmer (151) in 32nd place. Washington also brought three players, who are scored as individuals, in Jen Bracht (155), Ty Chambers (156) and Kevin Spooner (161).

Tuesday will have a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. and live stats will be available on golfstat.com.

Team Standings
1. Washington 285-296 581
2. Oregon State 292-296 588
3. Oregon 286-304 590
4. Pepperdine 303-290 593
5. Colorado 298-297 595
6. Washington State 291-309 600
6. UAB 300-300 600
8. Idaho 299-304 603
8. UC Davis 300-303 603
10. St. Mary's 304-309 613
11. Portland 313-301 614
12. Pacific 307-308 615
12. Utah 311-304 615

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