Husky Golfers Near Top Of Leaderboards

July 30, 2009

Several Huskies are busy honing their skills at prestigious golf tournaments this week and are being rewarded with results that have put them near the top of the leaderboard.

Nick Taylor is tied for 13th after the first round of the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational in Columbus, Ohio, while Richard Lee is tied for fourth and Darren Wallace is tied for eighth after three rounds of the Pacific Coast Amateur Championships in Tucson, Ariz.

Taylor, who is the current No. 1 ranked amateur in the world, shot a 2-under 69 in Thursday's first round of the Nationwide Tour event being held at The Ohio State University Scarlet Course. Taylor is one of eight 2009 PING Collegiate All-Americans invited to play with the pros for this weekend's tournament.

Taylor started his day on hole No. 10 and double-bogeyed, but he bounced back with six birdies over the next 14 holes to find himself at 4-under. He came back to earth after bogeying both No. 7 and No. 9 to end his day three strokes behind leader Justin Bolli, who shot a 5-under 66.

Husky alum Alex Prugh finds himself tied for 65th after shooting a 1-over 72. Prugh, who is eighth on the Nationwide Tour's moneylist, had four bogeys mixed in with three birdies during his round.

Down south at the 43rd Pacific Coast Amateur Championships at the Gallery Golf Club, Lee shot a 3-under 69 on Thursday to move to 10-under 206 overall for the tournament. He is three strokes behind leaders' Chan Kim and Zack Sucher.

Wallace, the 2009 Pac-10 medalist, shot a 2-under par 70 and is 7-under 209 overall.

Former Husky Derek Berg is tied for 12th after he shot a 4-under 68 in the third round. He is 6-under overall for the tournament.

The final round concludes on Friday. Since 2001, four Huskies have won the Pacific Coast Amateur Championship: Alex Prugh (2005), James Lepp (2003), Brock Mackenzie (2002) and Corey Prugh (2001).

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