Taylor Receives McCormack Award
Nov. 28, 2009
SEATTLE -- Husky golfers Nick Taylor and Darren Wallace were each recognized for their outstandig accomplishments during the 2008-09 season in a ceremony at the Husky Golf Center prior to the Apple Cup game on Saturday.
Taylor, a 2009 first team PING/All-American, was presented his All-American plaque by coach Matt Thurmond and the McCormack Medal by Royal & Ancient Golf Club Representative Steve Sanders. The McCormack Award is handed out to the world's top amateur at the conclusion of the American and European Amateur Championships.
Taylor, who is the third recipient of the award, spent 21 weeks at the top of the World Amateur Golf Rankings (June 15-Nov. 4, 2009). He ascended to the top spot in June after winning the U.S. Open sectional qualifying at Suncadia's Tumble Creek.
Taylor further strengthened his resume by finishing the U.S. Open as the low amateur in 36th-place. Taylor shot a second-round 65, tied for the lowest score by an amateur in Championship history.
This summer Taylor also won the Sahalee Players Championship in Sammamish, Wash., and finished runner-up at the U.S. Public Links Championship at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman, Okla.
Taylor was the Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year and registered a school-record four victories.
Wallace was a third team PING/All-American in 2009. Coming on strong late in the second half of the season, Wallace won the Pac-10 individual crown by four strokes at Seattle Golf Club this year. That was the culmination of a run that saw Wallace place in the top 10 in four of Washington's six final regular-season tournaments.
While the Huskies were playing well throughout the 2008-09 season, Wallace's run placed them in the upper echelon of collegiate golf. Wallace was also a First-Team, all-Pac-10 selection and won Pac-10 Player of the Month in April.
Richard Lee, also a third team All-American, was unable to attend the ceremony.