Huskies Move Up To First At Topy Cup
Sept. 9, 2009
Tanagura, Japan -- Nick Taylor and Chris Killmer each shot a three-under-par 69 to help the No. 2-ranked Huskies move up the team leaderboard into first place after two rounds of the Topy Cup in Tanagura, Japan.
Washington shot a combined 279, an improvement of 17 strokes from day one action. The Huskies are one-under-par 575 overall and hold a three-stroke lead over Tohoku Fukushi University. Texas and Colorado State, at six-over-par 581, are tied for third.
In day one action, the Huskies struggled on the final four holes, shooting a combined 11-over-par. But, in day two, the Huskies' five were even par during the same stretch of holes.
'Our round today was a lot like our round yesterday, until the last four holes,' said Husky head coach Matt Thurmond. 'They are tough holes and they killed us yesterday. We pride ourselves in being great finishers and I was happy to see us come back after yesterday.'
Taylor, the 2009 winner of the Mark H. McCormack Medal, the award given to the top-ranked amateur golfer in the world, is second overall individually at two-under 142. He trails leader Yoshinori Fuimoto of Tohoku Fukushi University by two strokes.
Taylor started his day with a bogey on No. 1, but would not have any more blemishes on his scorecard the rest of the way. He went on to par the next seven holes before going on a mini-run on holes nine through 11. Taylor birdied No. 9 and 10, before converting an eagle on the par-5 No. 11. He went on to score par the rest of the way.
Killmer, from Bellingham, Wash., had three birdies and two bogeys on the front nine to card a one-under 35 and followed that up with two birdies on the back to shoot a 34. He is No. 3 among Huskies at 3-over 147 overall and is tied for 14th.
The second-highest Husky in the standings is Richard Lee, who is tied with three others for third at one-under-par 143. Lee shot a two-under 70, with three birdies and one bogey dotting his card.
Tze Huang Choo shot a two-over 74 and is tied for 14th with Killmer and five others at three-over-par 147.
Senior All-American Darren Wallace shot a 1-under 71 and is tied for 21st at four-over 148. Wallace shot a one-over 37 on the front, before responding with a two-under 34 on the back.
'We are getting a better feel for the course and the grass,' said Thurmond. 'The rough has been very difficult for us to judge and we've been in it a bit more than we want. Hopefully we have learned a lot and can have a great final round tomorrow.'
The final round gets started late Wednesday evening, Pacific Time.
1. Washington: -1 (296-275=575)
2. Tohoku Fukushi: +2 (284-294=578)
3. Texas: +5 (290-291=581)
3. Colorado State: +5 (293-288=281)
5. Chuo Gakuin: +9 (294-291=585)
6. Nihon: +23 (302-297=599)
7. Mie Chukyo: +31 (307-300=607)
8. Michigan State: +33 (307-302=609)
9. Osaka Gakuin: +47 (308-315=623)
10. Kwansei Gakuin: +48 (307-317=624)