UW Takes Second At PING/Golfweek Invitational
Sept. 28, 2009
BREMERTON, Wash. - No. 3 ranked Washington made a late run in the final round of the PING/Golfweek Invitational on Monday, but ultimately they never threatened second-ranked Oklahoma State's commanding lead and had to settle for second place.
Washington finished 22 strokes behind the Cowboys with a score of 20-over par 884. Oklahoma State swept the top three individual spots and shot an impressive 2-under par 862 as a team during the three-round tournament at Gold Mountain's Olympic Course in Bremerton, Wash.
Golfers were greeted with howling winds and cold temperatures in the morning, making the course especially hard. Just five golfers managed to score under par on the day, including Washington All-American Nick Taylor.
'If we wanted a chance to catch Oklahoma State today, we needed the wind,' said Taylor, who finished the tournament at 5-over 221. 'They played really well so it went the other way, they expanded the lead. If we had a chance to catch them, today was the best (conditions) to do it in but our team didn't play that well.'
Taylor was the one Husky who did handle the adverse conditions. He began the day in 41st place and moved all the way up the leaderboard into a tie for 10th after equaling the day's best round with a 3-under par 69. He made four birdies on the back nine, including three-straight on holes 13 through 15. He ended the day with a nice left-to-right 15-foot birdie putt on 18.
'He putted a lot better today and just played well all around,' said Husky head coach Matt Thurmond about Taylor, who shot an 80 in the second-round. 'It was a good Nick Taylor day. Yesterday was more of an aberration. That's more of a Nick round.'
Unfortunately for Taylor and the rest of the field, Oklahoma State's Peter Uihlein added to his impressive second round lead by recording his third under-par round on Monday. He shot a 1-under 71 to finish 5-under overall for the tournament. He was two strokes better than his teammate Morgan Hoffmann, who equaled Taylor's round of 69. Trent Whitekiller finished even for the tournament to give the Cowboys the trifecta at the top of the leaderboard.
TCU's Pontus Gad was fourth at 2-over 218, followed by Olympia-native and Texas A&M freshman, Cameron Peck, who shot a 3-over 219.
Washington's next highest finishers behind Taylor were senior Darren Wallace and freshman Charlie Hughes. The duo each ended the tournament tied for 19th after shooting 7-over 223. Both entered the final round in the top 10 standings, but struggled on Monday. Wallace shot a 5-over 77, while Hughes was 6-over 78.
Richard Lee was one-shot back and tied for 23rd. The native of Bellevue, Wash., shot an 8-over 224 overall, including a final round 1-over 73.
Freshman Chris Williams of Moscow, Idaho rounded out the Huskies' lineup with a 14-over 230 for the tournament. Williams shot a 4-over 76 in the final round.
T10. Nick Taylor, +5 (72-80-69-221)
T19. Charlie Hughes, +7 (75-70-78-223)
T19. Darren Wallace, +7 (73-73-77-223)
T23. Richard Lee, +8 (75-76-73-224)
T50. Chris Williams, +14 (79-75-75-230)
Top-5 Team Standings:
1. Oklahoma State, -2 (290-287285-862)
2. WASHINGTON, +20 (295-294-295-884)
3. Arizona State, +25 (300-293-296-889)
4. North Carolina State, +29 (297-301-295-893)
5. Texas A&M, +31 (302-300-293-895)