No. 3 UW Set To Host PING/Golfweek Invitational
Sept. 24, 2009
BREMERTON, Wash. - The Washington Husky men's golf team will face its stiffest challenge to date of the young 2009-10 season this weekend at the PING/Golfweek Invitational. Washington, ranked No. 3 by Golfweek, will play host to some of the top teams around the nation at Gold Mountain Golf Club from Sunday, Sept. 27 through Monday, Sept. 28.
A total of 15 teams will participate in the three-round tournament at the 7,152-yard, par-72 Olympic Course at Gold Mountain. In addition to Washington, four others ranked in Golfweek's preseason top-10 will be present, including No. 2 Oklahoma State, No. 4 Texas A&M, No. 5 Arizona State and No. 9 Alabama. Also in the field are No. 12 Louisiana State, No. 14 Texas Christian, No. 16 USC, No. 23 Colorado State, No. 26 North Carolina State and No. 29 UNLV. The remaining teams participating are Chattanooga, Indiana, Kent State and New Mexico.
'We are very extremely excited to have this field here,' said Scott Alexander, who serves as both the Director of Golf at Gold Mountain and as a volunteer assistant coach at Washington. 'I think it is the top field we've ever had as far as the talent level of the players.'
The strong showing of teams will be anchored by some serious star power, including Washington's own Nick Taylor. The All-American had a very busy summer that included an impressive showing at the U.S. Open, a runner-up finish at the U.S. Publinx and a victory at the Sahalee Championship.
Taylor will have plenty of star power around him this weekend, including his own All-American teammates Richard Lee and Darren Wallace. Rounding out the lineup for the Huskies will be a pair of freshmen: Chris Williams, from Moscow, Idaho and Charlie Hughes from Maple Ridge, British Columbia.
The fact that freshmen have cracked the lineup should attest to the strength of the Huskies this season. The UW returns all their top players from their squad that finished in the top five at the NCAA's last season and won the Topy Cup in Japan earlier this month. The addition of the freshmen and the maturation of the upperclassmen should make the Huskies not only one of the most talented squads in the nation, but one of the deepest.
When asked whether the collection of players on the 2009-10 UW team is his best ever, Husky head coach Matt Thurmond answered definitively: 'Yes. No question. Last year was the best team we've ever had, but on paper, we're better (this year). It is for them to prove when it really matters that we are (better).'
Washington is not the only team loaded with talented players. Defending NCAA Champion and No. 1 ranked Matt Hill of North Carolina State headlines the list of Golfweek's preseason top-10 players that are present. Also in Bremerton this weekend are No. 2 Morgan Hoffmann of Oklahoma State, No. 4 Bud Cauley of Alabama, No. 6 Peter Uihlein of Oklahoma State, No. 8 John Peterson of LSU and No. 10 Cameron Peck, a freshman at Texas A&M out of Olympia, Wash.
On Saturday, the teams will hold a practice round at the course. Two rounds will be played on Sunday, followed by a final round on Monday. Admission to the tournament is free.