Husky Men Lead The US Collegiate

April 18, 2009

PALO, ALTO, Calif. -- The No. 8 Huskies put themselves in position to capture their fourth team victory of the season on Saturday, as they shot a collective 23-under 537 at the US Collegiate during the first two rounds.

The Dawgs were lifted to the top of the standings by tournament leader Tze Huang Choo, who carded a pair of 5-under (65-65) rounds today en route to a two-round total of 130.

'Obviously Choo carried us,' said UW head coach Matt Thurmond. 'And it was really great to see him turn in a day like today. But, even though we're on top, some of the guys aren't happy with the way that they played.'

But Choo wasn't the only player in purple to finish inside the top 10. Heading into the final round Sunday, the Dawgs will feature juniors Nick Taylor and Darren Wallace, who finished fourth and ninth, respectively.

'Darren played really well and Nick is up there, but I think he felt like he could have taken advantage more today and climbed the higher,' Thurmond said. 'Also, Richard (Lee) and Chris (Killmer) aren't satisfied with where they finished.'

Taylor finished with a 4-under (69-66) 135 and Wallace shot a 4-under (67-69) 136. Lee will start Sunday in a tie for 22nd place with a 1-under (66-73) 139 and Killmer in a tie for 44th place with a 2-over (72-70) 142. Playing as an individual is freshman Jens Bracht who tied for 66th out of the 92-player tournament, shooting a 7-over (71-75) 147.

The Huskies own an eight-stroke lead into the final day of competition in a tournament that Thurmond feels is a warm-up to the Pac-10 Championship, which will be April 27-29 at the Seattle Golf Club. Nine of the 10 Conference teams are at the Stanford Golf Course for the Intercollegiate. The Huskies shot two of the three lowest rounds at the tournament, including the tournament-low round thus far of 267, or 13-under. Earlier this season, the Huskies won the Husky Invitational in September of 2008, the Fresno Lexus Classic and the Oregon Duck Invitational last month.

The final round of competition will have a shotgun start tomorrow at 7:30 with the Huskies starting from the first hole with Taylor. He is followed by Choo, Wallace, Lee and Killmer.

Team Standings
1. Washington 267-270 537
2. USC 277-268
3. Arizona State 270-279 549
4. UCLA 275-275 550
5. Stanford 272-275 551
6. Texas 276-282 558
7. California 278-281 559
7. Oregon 279-280 559
9. UC-Irvine 284-277 561
9. UC Davis 281-280 561
11. Pepperdine 279-285 564
12. Oregon State 281-287 568
13. Northwestern 289-282 571
14. Washington State 292-285 577
15. Santa Clara 291-295 586
15. Chico State 293-293 586
17. St. Andrews 310-301 611

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