Husky Men Finish 10th At USC

Feb. 24, 2009

WESTLAKE, Calif. -- The University of Washington men's golf team closed out the USC Collegiate in 10th place with a three-round total score of 883 (288-292-303) on Tuesday.

As was the case with many teams at the USC Collegiate, the Huskies, ranked sixth in the nation, struggled on the first four holes at the North Ranch County Club and had to play catch-up. The only difference is that the Dawgs were one of three teams that started the day on those holes.

'Holes one through four were by far the hardest holes, and it didn't help us to start there,' said UW head coach Matt Thurmond. 'You could see that us, USC and UCLA all started off slow and had to sort of climb out of a hole, which I thought we did at the end of the first day. We put ourselves in a position to play well today, but we just didn't.'

This week's tournament marks the first time in the 2008-09 season that the Huskies did not place at least one golfer in the top 10. The top scoring UW player was sophomore Tze Huang Choo, who finished 13th with a 1-over 214. Unfortunately, Choo played as an individual so his score did not count for the Dawgs. Junior Darren Wallace was the highest finisher for the Husky team, carding a 4-over 217. Wallace was followed by Richard Lee (218) at a tie for 23rd, Nick Taylor (226) at a tie for 51st, Ty Chambers (228) at a tie for 58th and Chris Killmer (232) at a tie for 70th. Lee's consecutive top-10 finishes streak was halted at five and Taylor's consecutive medalist streak ended at two.

'We've been working hard and I couldn't point to anything that would explain the way we played,' Thurmond said. 'This course really tests your decision-making skills and the greens were really fast -- and it took us by surprise, I think.'

Winning the tournament was Stanford, which scored a 13-under 839, and boasted tournament medalist Steve Zeigler, who shot a 9-under 204. The Huskies take a week off before resuming play at the Fresno Lexus Classic March 9-10 at Sunnyside Country Club.

Team Standings
1. Stanford 284-276-279 839
2. BYU 275-287-287-849
3. California 285-286-287 858
4. USC 292-292-275 859
5. UCLA 292-287-288 867
6. Pepperdine 288-295-289 872
7. San Diego State 294-293-291 878
7. Fresno State 288-300-290 878
9. UC-Irvine 284-295-303 882
10. Washington 288-292-303 883
11. Pacific 290-297-305 892
12. Oregon State 300-296-298 894
13. Loyola Marymount 299-299-302 900

Husky Finishes
T13. Tze Huang Choo 69-72-73 214*
T18. Darren Wallace 70-71-76 217
T23. Richard Lee 72-72-74 218
T51. Nick Taylor 77-74-75 219
T57. Ty Chambers 74-75-79 228
T70. Chris Killmer 72-82-78 232

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