Taylor Wins World's Top Amateur Award
Sept. 1, 2009
St. Andrews, Scotland -- The Royal and Ancient (R&A) Golf Club of St. Andrews announced that Washington Husky senior golfer Nick Taylor will become the third recipient of the Mark H. McCormack Medal, the award given to the top-ranked amateur golfer at the conclusion of the amateur season and following the U.S. and European Amateur Championships.
Taylor, from Abbottsford, B.C., has spent the past 13 weeks as the World Amateur Golf Ranking's number one player. He ascended to the top spot in June after winning the U.S. Open sectional qualifying at Suncadia's Tumble Creek.
Taylor further strengthened his resume by finishing the U.S. Open as the low amateur in 36th-place. Taylor shot a second-round 65, tied for the lowest score by an amateur in Championship history.
This summer Taylor also won the Sahalee Players Championship in Sammamish, Wash., and finished runner-up at the U.S. Public Links Championship at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman, Okla.
Taylor is coming off an All-America season in which he was named the Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year and registered a school-record four victories.
Matteo Manassero, a 16-year-old Italian, who this year became the youngest-ever winner of The Amateur Championship as well as becoming an Open Championship Silver Medalist, finished runner-up to Taylor as the world number two.
Previous winners of the award are New Zealand's Danny Lee (2008) and the United States' Colt Knost (2007).
About The R&A:
Based in St Andrews, The R&A is golf's governing body and organizer of The Open Championship. The R&A is committed to working for golf and operates with the consent of 136 organizations from the amateur and professional game and on behalf of over thirty million golfers in 123 countries.
The R&A takes its name from The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, which has continuous records dating back to its foundation in 1754, and although the Club continues its long history with 2,400 members throughout the world, The R&A has become a separate entity to focus on its governance role.