Taylor Rejuvenated After Wild Year
Jan. 21, 2010
Nick Taylor caught up with GoHuskies.com to discuss many things, including being honored as a nominee for the Seattle Sports Star of the Year banquet. Taylor has been going non-stop for the past 12 months, but is ready to get going for the final months of his senior year.
GoHuskies.com: What did it mean to you to be recognized as one of the top athletes in the city of Seattle as a Sports Star of the Year Nominee?
Nick Taylor: 'It was an honor and it was kind of a shock when I learned I was nominated. It would have been nice to win, but I was up against some great athletes so it was an honor to be nominated.'
GH.com: Can you put into words what your year has been like?
NT: 'Travelling-wise I'd say it has been like a roller coaster. Golf-wise, it was a lot of fun. It was just a great year, but a long year.'
GH.com: Do you think going through a year like this with all the commitments and playing will prepare you better for what it will be like to be a professional?
NT: 'It has definitely prepared me for my future. Every since I've got here (at the University of Washington) I have grown, whether that be my golf game, my personality, and just experiencing different things that will help me in the future.
GH.com: Are you surprise at all how well you have been accepted into the community and at how big of a deal it is to be a sports star in such a large city?
NT:: 'It can be overwhelming at times, but it's pretty cool. Seattle has become a second home to me so it's been a great experience.'
GH.com: Is there anyone you met at the Sports Start banquet that left you in awe?
NT: 'When Steve Largent, Warren Moon and Jamie Moyer went up to speak it was pretty cool to see them. '
GH.com: What was it like to go up against fellow U-Dub people: Jake Locker, Lorenzo Romar and the IRA Champion crew team?
NT: 'To be nominated with Jake is pretty cool. He had such a good year and helped bring the football program back up. It was a big honor to mentioned in the same category with such a big star. And Coach Romar and the crew team and what they accomplished last year - any one of us would have been deserving if we would have walked away with the award.'
GH.com: Is it pretty cool to think that most of those great athletes in attendance are aspiring golfers and you can hold it over their heads that you have more skills?
NT: 'It can be, but you can look at it the opposite way too. It would be pretty awesome to have Jake's speed and throwing ability, Coach Romar and his basketball skills when he was playing. Golf is a sport that a lot of professional athletes once they retire or in their off-season they enjoy playing. So, it is something they probably can relate to, while other athletes can't really relate to what they are doing, so it is pretty cool.
GH.com: What does it mean to you to get to carry the Olympic Torch in Canada?
NT: 'It is very cool. I'll do that after we get back from our trip to Hawai'I, so it's going to make for a long night, as we get back from Hawai'i and then I head up to Canada, but it is something I'm really looking forward to.'
GH.com: How far do you get to carry it?
NT: 'Three hundred meters. I think I can handle that!'
GH.com: What do you expect from your team as you prepare to embark on another season?
NT: 'Our team should do pretty well. We have a lot of guys and we're deep. There is a lot of competition with qualifying for tournaments and that kind of stuff. Once we kind of figure out our starting five, where going to be awesome. For me personally, over the break, it was nice to put the clubs away and rejuvenate myself and reflect on the past year and get ready for this year. We have the goal of winning lots of tournament and hopefully I'll play well too.
GH.com: After so much travel, are you fully refreshed?
NT: 'I had some time to refresh after our season, but over Christmas break it was nice to kick back and not do much. But, I'm ready to go again.'