Taylor Leads Men's Golf To Sixth Place Finish at USC Collegiate

March 4, 2008

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. - Washington sophomore Nick Taylor earned his second-top-10 finish of the spring, shooting a final-round score of 1-under 70 to tie for seventh at the USC Collegiate Invitational, Tuesday.

Led by Taylor who has been the team's top finisher in the last three tournaments, Washington culminated the 54-hole event in a tie for sixth place with BYU at 50-over 902. Taylor ended just three shots behind medalist Tim Sluiter of USC at 8-over 221. Sluiter won the title at 5-over 218 and like Taylor, shot a final-round score of 1-under 70.

The host Trojans took home the team title (33-over 885), followed by Tennessee (37-over 889) and Stanford (38-over 890).

The Huskies had two players finish in the Top-15, the other being sophomore Darren Wallace who was UW's leader after the first two rounds. Wallace shot 9-over 80 in the final round, dropping him from second into a tie for 14th (11-over 224) on the final day. Wallace had carded a 3-over 74 and a 1-under 70 on Monday.

Rounding out the Husky lineup was senior Zach Bixler who finished tied for 34th at 16-over 229. Bixler came back from a disappointing first-round score, and made up even more ground on the final day with a 2-over 73.

Junior John Wise tied for 45 (19-over 232) and freshman Tze Huang Choo finished 70th (27-over 240).

The Huskies will have the next two and a half weeks off before returning to the links at the Oregon Duck Invitational, March 24-25.

USC Collegiate Invitational
North Ranch Country Club; Westlake Village, Calif.
Par 71/6,869 Yards

Final Team Standings
1. Southern California 284-307-294-885 (+33)
2. Tennessee 318-286-285-889 (+37)
3. Stanford 305-297-288-890 (+38)
4. Pepperdine 309-287-302-898 (+46)
5. California 310-297-292-899 (+47)
6. BYU 311-290-301-902 (+50)
6. Washington 305-298-299-902 (+50)
8. Loyola Marymount 307-296-300-903 (+51)
9. Oklahoma 306-302-299-907 (+55)
10. Oregon State 314-303-294-911 (+59)
11. Oregon 318-301-294-913 (+61)
12. Notre Dame 318-302-305-925 (+73)
13. UCLA 313-303-316-932 (+80)
14. Fresno State 319-299-316-934 (+82)

Washington Results
7. Nick Taylor 74-77-70-221 (+8)
14. Darren Wallace 74-70-80-224 (+11)
34. Zach Bixler 82-74-73-229 (+16)
45. John Wise 76-80-76-232 (+19)
70. Tze Huang Choo 81-77-82-240 (+27)

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