Q & A With Nick Taylor

April 8, 2008

Although just a sophomore, Nick Taylor has emerged as one of Washington's top players this season. Taylor, a native of Abbotsford, B.C., has been the squad's top finisher in four of its last five tournaments and owns UW's lowest stroke average at 72.86. The 2007 Canadian Men's Amateur Champion recently sat down with GoHuskies.com correspondent Emily Florence before the squad left Seattle for its most recent tournament in Columbia, Mo.

GoHuskies.com: How do you feel the season has gone so far for you?
Nick Taylor: 'As a team it has been pretty steady. Individually, I have played pretty consistent; I have had a few bad tournaments, but overall, it's been pretty good.'

GH: Because you lead the team in stroke average and have been a top finisher in three of the last four tournaments, do you see yourself as a leader on this team?
NT: 'Zach (Bixler), our senior, leads most of the team discussion, but on the course I have been a team leader.'

GH: How has your game or mindset changed from last year as a freshman to now?
NT: 'This year I am more confident. Because there are fewer guys on the team, I know that I will be playing in most of the tournaments and I will have to play my best.'

GH: Last year after not qualifying for the NCAA's, what is the team's mindset or mentality for this year, especially with the season nearing postseason play?
NT: 'This year we believe if we can make it to Regionals we can make it to Nationals because it will be on our home course which can play to our advantage.'

GH: What was it like winning the 2007 Canadian Amateur?
NT: 'It was a great experience. The year before I had been there, and made it to the quarter finals, but winning a big tournament like that helps with the pressure I experience in college.'

GH: How long have you been a part of the Canadian National Team?
NT: 'About three years.'

GH: What has been the most exciting part of your golf career so far?
NT: 'Two summers ago I went with the Canadian Jr. Team to Fiji and that was really fun.'

GH: Have you always wanted to golf in college?
NT: 'I played a lot of sports, but after my sophomore year I focused on golf.'

GH: What age did you start golfing?
NT: 'I started golfing when I was 12 years old.'

GH: Is it a goal of yours to play professional golf in the future? Or are you looking to do anything else after college?
NT: ' That's the first goal. We'll have to see what happens in a couple years, but I'd really like to do that.'

GH: What do you like to do in your free time besides golf?
NT: 'I like to play tennis, basketball, and video games or anything competitive. I like hanging out with my friends.'

GH: What are you majoring in?
NT: 'Probably Econ but I haven't declared it yet.'

GH: Did you have a chance to do anything fun over spring break?
NT: 'We went to Oregon for a tournament and then spent some time at Gold Mountain. It snowed while we were playing so that was quite an experience. I was able to go home for a day.'

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