Taylor advances at U.S. Amateur

Aug. 20, 2008


UW junior Nick Taylor plays Trent Sanders today, as part of the second round of the 108th U.S. Amateur Championship at Pinehearst Resort and Country Club in Pinehearst, NC.

On Tuesday, Taylor, a native of Abbotsford, B.C., shot his second even-par round of 70 in two days. His play throughout the first two days earned him a tie for 10th place going into match play. The first two days of the championship are stroke play, followed by five days of match play to determine a winner.

Taylor's first-round match up will be against Sanders, a Dallas native, who is four over par for the tournament and currently tied for 47th place. The match is set to tee off at 9:40 a.m. The top 64 golfers advanced to match play from a pool of the top 315 amateur golfers in the United States.

After a rough start to Tuesday's round, Taylor shot a four-under back nine to stay at even-par for the tournament. He is currently tied for 10th with 10 other golfers.

Taylor, who was the runner-up at the 2007 NCAA Championship Tournament, advanced to the semi-finals of the 2007 Amateur Championship before losing to the eventual tournament title winner, Colton Nost.

The winner of this week's amateur championship wins a spot to play in the U.S. Open and the Masters Tournament. A second place finish earns a slot in the Masters. To follow Taylor's round today, go to usamateur.org for live scoring of the match.


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