UW Could Cap Amazing Week With Hogan Award for Taylor
May 23, 2010
DALLAS - The Husky men's golf program hopes to cap a historic five-day stretch on Monday when the winner of the Ben Hogan Award Award is announced at Colonial Country Club in Dallas. UW senior Nick Taylor, fresh off helping Washington to a 29-stroke win at the NCAA West Regionals, is one of three finalists for college golf's equivalent of the Heisman Trophy.
Monday's ceremony, which starts at 7:00 p.m. PT, can be viewed live on Golfweek.com. At 6:00 p.m. Golfweek.com will host a live chat with the three finalist -- Taylor, Alabama's Bud Cauley and Georgia's Russell Henley.
When Husky fans tune into the ceremony, what they hope to see is Taylor crown a stellar career with the school's first Hogan Award. The most prestigious award in men's college golf, the Hogan is presented annually to the top men's NCAA Division I, II or III, NAIA or NJCAA college golfer taking into account all collegiate and amateur competitions during a 12-month period.
Taylor is fresh off a 19th-place individual finish at Gold Mountain Golf Course on Saturday. Although he didn't fare as well as he has become accustomed to in his four-year career, Washington still had a historic weekend. The team claimed its second-ever NCAA Regional team title and can now boast its first-ever individual medalist in Richard Lee.
A native of Abbotsford, B.C., Taylor was named Pac-10 Co-Golfer of the Year for the second straight season. 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 12 events and has a team-best scoring average of 70.89. His stroke average is the second-lowest in team history.
After finishing tied for ninth at last year's NCAA Championships, he was low amateur at the U.S. Open where he tied for 36th. Taylor won the Sahalee Players Championship and earned medalist honors at the U.S Amateur Public Links before advancing to the championship match. He also finished in the top 10 at the Canadian Amateur (T-3rd) and Copa de las Americas (8th) before tying for 34th at the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational.
Taylor and the Huskies will hope to accomplish another UW first starting June 1 when they begin their quest for the NCAA Team Championship at the Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tenn. The Huskies will be among 30 teams and six individuals competing in three days of stroke play with the top eight teams advancing to match play action to determine the NCAA Team Champion.