Taylor Takes Second At U.S. Intercollegiate
April 13, 2010
STANFORD, Calif. -- Nick Taylor shot his third-consecutive under-70 round at the U.S. Intercollegiate at Stanford Golf Course on Tuesday to finish second overall in the individual standings and the Huskies collectively finished third in the team standings. Taylor entered the final round tied for the lead but was overtaken by Oregon's Danny Miernicki who shot a blistering 6-under 64 to claim medalist honors.
For the third consecutive day the UW team shot a combined 1-over-par 281 and finished +3 (281-281-281-843). Oregon, led by Miernicki, finished 1-under overall to win the team title. San Diego State was second at +2, followed by the Huskies, Oregon State and UCLA. Washington won this event in 2009.
'We have probably beat Oregon something like 15 times in a row, so it was bound to happen that they would get us,' said Husky coach Matt Thurmond following the round. 'They're a really good team, but we were beating them today and we couldn't hold them off, which is upsetting. But, they played great down the stretch and took it away.'
Adding to the frustration was that an exemption for the PGA Tour's Reno Tahoe Open was for the taking by the tournament's medalist. If it wasn't for Miernicki, Taylor would have walked away with more than his second-consecutive title in this tournament after shooting 5-under-par (68-68-69-205). Instead, he had to settle for second overall -- his best finish this season -- three-strokes behind Miernicki, who shot a 8-under 202.
Taylor had three birdies and two bogeys in today's final round to notch his seventh top-10 finish this year. Overall, he led the 107-man field in Par 5 scoring, averaging 4.11 strokes and combining for 8-under par.
Fellow senior Darren Wallace had his finest tournament this season, scoring a season-best +2 (212). He tied for 19th overall, his highest finish since placing 19th at the PING/Golfweek Invitational back in September. Wallace was second among the field with an average score of 3.97 on the Par 4 holes. He was +1 on the day with a 71.
Senior Chris Killmer and freshman Chris Williams tied for 24th at +3 overall. Williams was 2-under through 12 holes before bogeys on No. 13 and No. 16 put him even again, where he would finish his day at. Killmer had a steady round that saw him card just one birdie and two bogeys.
Richard Lee went through another roller coaster day on Tuesday that saw him start at 4-over through the first 12 holes. He would settle down with back-to-back birdies and drew even with an eagle, before a bogey on his final hole gave him his final round +1 (71).
The Huskies will be off the next two weeks before returning to action on April 26-28 for the Pac-10 Championships at Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz.
Husky Team Scoring
3. Washington, +3 (281-281-281-843)
Husky Individual Results
2. Nick Taylor, -5 (68-68-69-205)
T19. Darren Wallace, +2 (69-72-71-212)
T24. Chris Williams, +3 (72-71-70-213)
T24. Chris Killmer, +3 (72-70-71-213)
T57. Richard Lee, +11 (77-73-71-221)