No. 2 UW Golfers Head To Japan

Sept. 7, 2009

Tanagura, Japan -- Washington, ranked No. 2 in the Golfworld/Nike Golf Preseason Coaches poll, gets its first taste of the 2009-10 season this week at the Topy Cup in Tanagura, Japan. The tournament, which will be played Wednesday, Sept. 9 through Friday, Sept. 11, will feature Texas, Michigan State and Colorado State from the United States, plus eight Japanese collegiate teams.

The Huskies are not newcomers to the tournament at the Tanagura Country Club, which is about a 3.5-hour drive north of Tokyo. They competed in the 2003 Topy Cup and finished eighth. Senior Dan Potter was the Huskies top finisher, tying for 12th.

This year, expectations will be for a higher finish. All five of the Huskies playing in Japan averaged below 74 strokes per round last season. As a group, they helped the Husky team to five tournament victories.

Among Washington's five-man squad, the Huskies will have three All-Americans competing: Nick Taylor (1st Team), Richard Lee (3rd Team) and Darren Wallace (3rd Team). All three are seniors and are joined by fellow senior Chirs Killmer and junior Tze Huang Choo.

Overall, the UW returns its top nine players and welcomes in three highly-rated freshmen.

In 2008-09 the team finished in the top five at 11 of 13 tournaments and won five overall. One of those wins was the Pac-10 Championship, in which Wallace won medalist honors while Taylor was runner up. The team advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals and finished fifth overall after losing in the stroke play portion of the NCAA Championship.

Here is a look at Washington's five players for the Topy Cup:

Starters (2008-09 Highlights)
Nick Taylor (Sr. - Abbotsford, B.C.)
• No. 1 ranked amateur player in the world and Mark H. McCormack Award winner
• tied UW records for most medals won in a single season (4), and lowest 54-hole score (198)
• Washington's first Pac-10 Player of the Year
• Low amateur finisher at 2009 U.S. Open

Darren Wallace (Sr. - Langley, B.C.)
• 2009 Pac-10 Medalist
• Third-team All-American and tied for 23rd at NCAA Championship
• Four top-10 Tournament finishes
• Third on team with 73.03 stroke avg. per round

Richard Lee (Sr. - Bellevue, Wash.)
• Third-team All-American
• 72.47 stroke average in 13 events
• Seven top-10 finishes
• 23rd in stroke play at NCAA Championship

Chris Killmer (Sr. - Bellingham, Wash.)
• Won the Husky Invite, his first career event at the UW
• Seven top-25 finishes, including two in the top-five.
• Fourth on team with 73.83 stroke average

Tze Huang Choo (Jr. - Singapore, Singapore)
• Six top-20 results, including two top-10 finishes
• 73.91 stroke average in 12 events
• Huskies top finisher at USC Collegiate Invite

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