Huskies Tie For Second In Hawai'i
Feb. 5, 2010
WAIKOLOA, Hawai'i - Washington mounted a furious comeback on the last couple of holes of the Mauna Lani Invitational - led by an 18th-hole birdie by fourth-place individual finisher Nick Taylor - and the Huskies ended up tied for second out of 22 teams in the squad's first test of the spring.
The Huskies entered the final day of action in first place by two strokes, but could not continue the momentum they built up on Thursday. They fell as far as fifth place before two birdies down the stretch by Richard Lee and Taylor's final birdie moved them into a tie with Oregon at +5 (869). Stanford won the tournament after collectively shooting a 2-under 286 in the final round to get to +2 (866) overall.
'I think overall we feel fine,' said Husky coach Matt Thurmond from the Kohala Coast on the Big Island of Hawai'i. 'It was a good week for us. We're certainly not on the top of our games at this point, but to finish second in a field like this is nothing to be ashamed of. It's just difficult because we felt like it was a tournament that we could have won and we just didn't get the job quite done.'
Taylor provided much of the punch for the Dawgs the last three days. He had his worse round of the tournament with an even-par 72 and finish 3-under 213 overall. Taylor entered the day in second place, but was hurt by three bogeys on the back nine to drop out of contention. Bobby Hudson of Texas shot a 6-under 66 on Friday and was 7-under overall to win the individual title.
Another bright spot for the Huskies was the steady play of undaunted freshman Charlie Hughes. He finished the tournament tied for 10th after shooting a 1-over 73 on Friday. He was +1 overall.
Senior Chris Killmer exorcised some demons that had plagued him in recent tournaments by shooting an impressive 3-under 69 to end up tied for 21st overall. He was competing as an individual and did not count towards the team score.
T2. Washington, +5 (291-287-291-869)
T4. Nick Taylor, -3 (70-71-72-213)
T10. Charlie Hughes, +1 (72-72-73-217)
T21. Chris Killmer (I), +4 (78-73-69-220)
T40. Richard Lee, +6 (75-76-71-222)
T40. Darren Wallace, +6 (74-73-75-222)
T42. Tze Huang Choo, +7 (80-71-76-227)