Thurmond, Taylor Named Pac-10's Best
May 1, 2009
SEATTLE, Wash. -- The Huskies are beginning to be recognized for an outstanding 2008-09 season as head coach Matt Thurmond was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year, and junior Nick Taylor was Co-Player of the Year.
This is Thurmond's second coach-of-the-year award, as he was so honored in 2005. Thurmond is enjoying his eighth year as head coach, and his team is having perhaps the best season in Husky golf history. The Dawgs have won a program record-tying five tournaments this year -- more than any other Pac-10 team, including Washington's fifth Pac-10 Championship. Under his tutelage, the Huskies are ranked No. 5 in the country, and won titles at the Husky Invitational, the Fresno State Golf Classic, the Oregon Duck Classic, the U.S. Intercollegiate and the Pac-10 Championship.
Taylor, who was runner-up at the Pac-10 Championship earlier this week, became Washington's first conference player of the year, sharing the award with Australian import Matt Giles from USC. Ranked No. 12 by Golfweek, Taylor has won a Huskies single-season record four medalist honors this year, including the CordeValle Collegiate, Hawai'i-Hilo Intercollegiate, Oregon Duck Invitational and U.S. Collegiate. He was also the runner-up at the World Amateur Championship in October and the Pac-10 Player of the Month in November and March. He has seven top-10 finishes in 10 collegiate tournaments this season. He leads the team in stroke average at 71.32 and tied school record for lowest round by carding a 198 at the U.S. Intercollegiate. His four medals is not only a single-season record, but also ties him for the career mark with Brock Mackenzie.
Thurmond and Taylor weren't the only Huskies to receive honors. Juniors Richard Lee and Darren Wallace were named to the All-Pac-10 First Team. Wallace has come on strong at the end of the season, placing second at the U.S. Intercollegiate in April and winning the Pac-10 Championship, to go along with four top-10 finishes in his last five tournaments. Lee, a transfer from Bellevue C.C., has been as consistent as it gets, placing in the top 10 in seven of his first 11 collegiate tournaments. Sophomore Tze Huang Choo was also given an honorable mention.
The Huskies await Monday's decision as to where they will play in the NCAA Regionals on May 14-16.