Taylor, Williams Earn Share of Top Pac-10 Honors
May 3, 2010
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Nick Taylor has been named the Pac-10 Co-Golfer of the Year, while Chris Williams earned Co-Freshman of the Year honors it was announced by the conference office on Monday. In addition, Richard Lee was selected to the All-Pac-10 Second Team, as was Williams. The teams were determined by a vote from the Pac-10 coaches.
Taylor shared top player honors with Oregon's Eugene Wong, the second-consecutive season that the Husky senior from Abbottsford, B.C. has shared the honor. He is the only Husky to ever win the conference's nod as the top player and is just the fifth golfer in the league's history to win multiple times.
Taylor had another stellar season and led the Huskies in multiple categories. He was a top-10 finisher in 9 of 11 events and had a team-best scoring average of 70.73. He led the squad with 18 rounds played under par and shot 10 rounds in the 60's to equal Lee's total.
'In back-to-back years Nick is the Pac-10 Player of the Year in the best conference in the country. That's pretty awesome,' said Husky coach Matt Thurmond. 'It's a thrill for him and he's very deserving.'
Williams is the first Husky to be named the Pac-10's top freshman. He shares the yearly honor with USC's T.J. Vopel.
'We challenge each of our freshmen every year to be the freshman of the year in the conference and we've never had one,' said Thurmond. 'Chris has had an amazing year and I'm just excited for him. This was one of the best crops of freshmen ever in the Pac-10 and to come out on top of that is pretty awesome for him.'
From Moscow, Idaho, Williams won two tournaments and had five top-10 finishes in eight events this year. His victories came in the ASU Thunderbird Invitational and the Battle at the Beach in Newport Beach, Calif. Williams also finished eighth at the Pac-10 Championships in helping the Huskies win the team title. He averaged 71.28 stokes in 25 rounds this year.
Lee, a senior from Bellevue, Wash., had four top-10 finishes during the season, including third-place at the Pac-10 Championships. He had a 71.68 stroke average, 10 rounds in the 60's and 14 rounds under-par overall. Lee was a first-team member last season as a junior.
Oregon's Casey Martin was voted the conference coach of the year by his peers.
For a complete list of conference winners, click here.