Nick Taylor Wins The CordeValle Collegiate

Nov. 5, 2008

SAN MARTIN, Calif. -- UW junior Nick Taylor (71-71-70-212) birdied three out of his final four holes on Wednesday at the CordeValle Collegiate on the way to his second career collegiate tournament victory.

'I'm really excited for Nick,' said UW head coach Matt Thurmond. 'We've been giving him a hard time lately because he does so well in these big tournaments and he just got back from the World Amateur and we were saying, 'Why don't you do that in a season college tournament.''

Taylor, who was the runner-up at the 2008 NCAA Championship, finished second at the World Amateur Team Championship in Adelaide, Australia in October. On Wednesday, Taylor led the No. 10 Huskies (1110) to a fourth-place finish, behind USC (1080), Stanford (1106) and UCLA (1107). Taylor shared medalist honors with USC's Tim Sluiter.

'He once again came out and showed that he is as good or better than any amateur out there,' said Thurmond about Taylor, who was also the only player to card every round under par this week.

But Thurmond's praise wasn't just for one player, as juniors Richard Lee and Chris Killmer continued their solid play this fall.

'I'm proud of Richard,' Thurmond said. 'His solid play put him in the top 10 again, and Chris played like a champion on Wednesday, picking up a couple of birdies at the end.'

Lee (+2, 72-74-72) finished 10th at the CordeValle, making this week his fourth top 10 finish in four career Division I tournaments. Killmer (+7, 75-75-73) birdied two of his last four holes to move into 21st place. The Huskies finished their fall season on Wednesday. They will return to collegiate competition Feb. 4-6 for the Waikoloa Intercollegiate in Hawai'i.

Team Standings
1. USC 357-362-361-1080
2. Stanford 370-368-368-1106
3. UCLA 374-374-359-1107
4. Washington 372-367-371-1110
5. Charlotte 367-379-368-1114
6. Arkansas 370-376-374-1120
7. Northwestern 382-376-368-1126
8. Lamar 374-380-381-1135
9. Arizona 386-381-373-1140
10. Augusta State 387-381-373-1141
11. Coastal Carolina 373-383-387-1143
12. Santa Clara 290-289-286-1165

Husky Finishes
T1. Nick Taylor 71-71-70-212
T10. Richard Lee 74-72-74-218
T21. Chris Killmer 75-75-73-223
T33. John Wise* 78-78-71-227
T45. Tze Huan Choo 78-76-75-229
T51. Kevin Spooner 77-73-81-231
T58. Darren Wallace 77-74-83-234

*Played as an individual

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