Huskies Among Leaders At NCAA Golf Champs

May 26, 2009

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TOLEDO, Ohio - The University of Washington men's golf team battled through inconsistent elements to record a four-over par 298 and is tied for fourth after the first round of the 2009 NCAA Golf Championships at Inverness Club.

The Huskies will start the second round Wednesday morning from the No. 1 tee box beginning at 4:47 a.m. (Pacific) with Tze Huang Choo first off the tee for the UW. The final round of the medalist play takes place on Thursday with the top eight of the 30 participating teams advancing to the quarterfinals of match play beginning on Friday.

After a morning filled with rain and gusty winds affected the teams with early tee times, Washington played its round in a mostly cloudy afternoon with constant wind. The Huskies, teeing off on hole No. 10, started the round well, dropping its score to a tournament-leading three-under-par at the midway point in the round.

Washington hit a rough spot during holes three-through-six, dropping 10 strokes during those four holes alone. Nick Taylor, Richard Lee and Choo all double bogeyed No. 4, while Darren Wallace double bogeyed hole No. 5 during that stretch.

Taylor, who finished second at last year's NCAA championships in West Lafayette, Ind., shot a one-under-par 70 and is tied with four other players for fourth-place in the 156-person field. Wallace tied for 16th overall with a one-over-par 72. Chris Killmer is tied for 56th at plus-four, while Lee is tied for 75th at plus-five. Choo is tied for 93rd, along with 23 other players, with a six-over-par 77.

'I started off really good. I made some puts early,' said Taylor, who finished as runner-up at the Pac-10 Championships as well as at last week's NCAA Central Regional. 'If you told me that I would shoot one-under today, I would have taken that in a heartbeat. I am kind of disappointed on how I finished on the last seven holes. But, those holes are so tough. Everybody in the field is going to make bogeys on those holes, so overall I was fine.'

Taylor was the tournament's early leader after he birdied holes 10, 13, 14 and two to start his round. He dropped two strokes with his double bogey on hole number three then dropped another on five. He birdied No. 6 before suffering a bogey on seven then shot par on the final two holes.

Washington is tied with surprising San Diego after the first round and is just one stroke behind third-place Chattanooga. Fourth-ranked Oklahoma and top-ranked Georgia are tied for the tournament lead at four-over-par 288 at the par 71, 7,255-yard course.

Other Pac-10 teams in the event include Arizona State (T6th), USC (T22nd), Stanford (T22nd), Oregon (T25th), UCLA (T25th) and Arizona (T 29th). Washington and Arizona State are the only league teams among the top-20 in the overall team standings.

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