Huskies Move Into Second At US Collegiate

April 6, 2009

ALPHARETTA, GA -- The Huskies are within striking position of the United States Collegiate Championship team title after a wild second round leaves them in third place at 9-over, just six strokes out of the lead.

'It's a little too bad because we could have been in a much better position than we are,' said UW head coach Matt Thurmond. 'Stanford played well, but we had the opportunity be with them and separate ourselves from the rest.'

The Huskies were ahead by as many as 10 strokes in the team standings at one point nearly halfway through the round, but experienced problems on the back nine. The University of Washington has a score of 287-298 585, which is behind first place Stanford's 289-290 579.

'If you look at the scores, most teams shot worse on the back nine and we knew we were going to lose some shots there, but it kind of got away from us in the end,' Thurmond said.

Nick Taylor, who shot a 3-over 75, continues to lead the Dawgs and is tied for seventh at even par (144) for the tournament. Taylor exemplified the Huskies' day on Monday, as he was leading the field at 4-under for the tournament early on before finishing inside the top 10. Leading the tournament is UCLA's Erik Flores at 7-under, and at the top of the team standings is Stanford at 3-under 579.Taylor is followed by Tze Huang Choo (69-77), and Darren Wallace (75-71), who are tied for 12th after carding a 2-over 144. Richard Lee (74-75) is tied for 34th with a 5-over 149 and Chris Killmer is 15 over and tied for 72nd place.

Washington begins the final day of practice in good position to make a comeback.

'We saw how quickly our lead vanished today. Hopefully tomorrow we can be on the other end of that,' Thurmond said.

Tee times for the Huskies begin at 8:30 a.m. PST from the first hole, with Choo starting, and being followed by Killmer, Wallace, Lee and Taylor in 10-minute intervals. Live scoring can be found at Golfstat.com.

Team Standings
1. Stanford 289-290 579
2. Texas A&M 296-287 583
3. Washington 287-298 585
4. Georgia 295-292 587
5. UCLA 284-305 589
6. Alabama 291-301 592
6. Clemson 283-309 592
8. Georgia Tech 291-302 593
8. USC 285-308 593
10. Oklahoma State 289-305 594
10. South Carolina 291-303 594
12. Indiana 303-297 600
13. East Tennessee State 306-303 609
14. Florida 296-314 610
15. Florida State 302-309 611

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