Taylor Named Canada's Top Amateur Golfer

Jan. 5, 2010

Oakville, Ont. - For the second year in a row, Nick Taylor of Abbotsford, B.C. was recognized as Canada's top male amateur golfer as the Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) announced the final standings for the 2009 National Order of Merit presented by Under Armour.

In the men's national ranking, 21-year old Taylor topped the list after a stellar season that saw him capture the Low Amateur Medal at the U.S. Open held at Bethpage State Park - Black Course after finishing tied for 36th. He also won the Sahalee Players Championship; was a member of Canada's champion Four Nations Cup team; was runner-up at the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship; and managed a tie for third at the Canadian Men's Amateur Championship.

The Washington Husky senior also tallied three individual victories (Hawai'i-Hilo Intercollegiate, Oregon Duck Invitational, and U.S. Intercollegiate) and a tie for medalist honors at the CordeValle Collegiate. He finished second at the NCAA Regional Championship and the Pac-10 Championship; tied for ninth at the NCAA Championship; and was named co-Pac-10 Player of the Year as well as a a first team PING All-American. In addition, he was a semi-finalist for the prestigious Ben Hogan Award and was presented with the Mark H McCormack Medal which recognizes the top-ranked golfer in the Royal and Ancient's World Amateur Golf Ranking at the end of each amateur season and following the European and U.S. Amateur Championships.

Rounding out the top five on the men's Order of Merit were NCAA Individual Champion Matt Hill of North Carolina State (Bright's Grove, Ont.); Brady Johnson of Mill Bay, B.C.; two-time Canadian Men's Amateur Champion Cam Burke of New Hamburg, Ont.; and Mitchell Evanecz of Red Deer, Alta.

Courtesy of the Roay Canadian Golf Association, which can be visited at www.rcga.com.

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