Huskies Move Up To Fifth at The Prestige
Oct. 12, 2009
LA QUINTA, Calif. - The fourth-ranked Washington Husky men's golf team improved by 12 strokes in day two and moved up to fifth place at The Prestige on the Stadium Course at PGA WEST.
The field had to fight through windy conditions on Monday that caused scores to rise, but Washington overcame the elements and shot a combined 3-under 285 to equal the best team score of the day.
TCU is 2-under overall and has a four stroke lead over second-place Stanford. The Huskies are +6 (582) overall, one stroke behind USC and four strokes away from second.
Nick Taylor once again led the way for the Dawgs. He posted a 2-under-par 70 on Monday to improve to 1-under 143 overall and move up the leaderboard from 22nd into a three-way tie for eighth.
In the shotgun format, Taylor started out on No. 5 and birdied the hole to get his day rolling right. He added a birdie on No. 7 to quickly get to 2-under, and balanced out three more birdies with three bogeys during his round.
Fellow Canadian Charlie Hughes carded the second-lowest round of the day among the Huskies with a 1-under 71. The freshman finds himself tied for 17th, at 2-over 146 overall.
Tze Huang Choo is tied with Hughes in 17th place after shooting and even par 72. Choo spent much of his round in the red at 2-under, but fell victim to the windy conditions and recorded back-to-back bogeys on his 16th and 17th hole.
Richard Lee also was even on the day and was able to jump 20 spots up to 23rd. He knocked in two birdies on the day to go with two bogeys and is 3-over 147 overall.
Reigning Pac-10 champion Darren Wallace continues to struggle to find his stroke this fall and bogeyed five of his final six holes. His score ballooned from 1-over after 12 holes to 6-over 78 by the end. He is tied for 59th.
The Huskies will tee off at 7:30 tomorrow morning.
The Prestige at PGA WEST (Husky Individual Results):
T8. Nick Taylor, -1 (73-70-143)
T17. Tze Huang Choo, +2 (74-72-146)
T17. Charlie Hughes, +2 (75-71-146)
T23. Richard Lee, +3 (75-72-147)
T51. Chris Williams*, +9 (78-75-153)
T59. Darren Wallace, +11 (77-78-155)
71. Chris Killmer*, +14 (78-80-158)
*Competing as an individual