UW Golfers Drop Heartbreaker In NCAA Quarterfinals

May 29, 2009


TOLEDO, Ohio - Dominating wins by juniors Nick Taylor and Darren Wallace weren't quite enough for the University of Washington men's golf team Friday in its NCAA quarterfinal match against Arkansas.

The Razorbacks took three victories in the five head-to-head matchups to earn a 3-2 win and advance to a national semifinal appearance later today against fellow Southeastern Conference opponent Georgia. Washington ends its season after tying for third-place (equaling a program-best) in the three-round stroke play at the NCAA Championships. Officially, the Huskies tied for fifth-place overall, along with Arizona State, USC and Oklahoma State.

'We can think about all the moral victories at some point down the road, but not today,' said Washington Head Coach Matt Thurmond. 'We did not get the job done. We did not hit the big shots we needed to hit. The other team did and, we feel, the better team didn't win today.'

Taylor and Wallace's wins, combined with losses by Chris Killmer and Tze Huang Choo made the match tied at two-apiece with just Richard Lee's match against UA's David Lingmerth serving as the deciding matchup. Down two holes, Lee double-bogeyed No. 17, while Lingmerth made birdie to clinch the win.

Wallace posted Washington's most impressive victory of the day, taking dominant six and five win over Arkansas' Ethan Tracy. He started the day with a birdie on No. 1 and won each of the first four holes of the match. After halving holes five-through-nine, Wallace won holes 10 and 11 to take a six-hole lead into No. 12. Tracy birdied No. 12 to cut into the lead, but Wallace shut the door with a birdie on 13 to close out the six-hole win with five holes left to play.

Taylor took a more steady approach against UA's Andrew Landry, halving each of the first two holes. He then won four of the next eight holes to take a four-hole lead into No. 13. Landry birdied 13 to cut the lead to three before Taylor birdied 14 to stretch the lead back to four. The two players both registered pars on No. 15, settling the outcome with three holes remaining.

Killmer opened his match against Jason Cuthbertson with a birdie on the first hole to take an early lead. A bogey at No. 3 and a double-bogey at No. 4 gave Cuthbertson the lead, which he never relinquished. The two players both made par on 16, which clinched the three and two win for Cuthbertson.

Choo dropped a tight match to Arkansas' Jamie Marshall by a score of three and two.

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