No. 9 Husky Men's Golf To Face Top US Teams

March 31, 2009

APLHARETTA, GA -- The University of Washington men's golf team is gearing up for the United States Collegiate, which will showcase what could be the Dawgs' toughest competition of the 2008-09 season.

Nine of Golfweek's top 10 teams in the country, which includes the Huskies, will be on hand in a possible preview of NCAA Championship tournament caliber golf, starting Sunday. The Dawgs will bring in with them the same lineup that won the Oregon Invitational this past week in Nick Taylor, Richard Lee, Darren Wallace, Chris Killmer and Tze Huang Choo.

Taylor, ranked No. 23 Golfweek, took home his third medalist honor of the 2008-09 season last week by shooting a 5-under 211 in Eugene. His impressive performance at the Oregon Invitational set a Huskies record for single season medalist honors. He passed Brock Mackenzie (2003) and O.D. Vincent (1988), who each won a pair of tournaments in a season. The Washington junior now sets his sights on becoming one of the UW's most dominant career golfers, as he is just one premier finish away from a tie with Mackenzie atop the all-time list.

Behind Taylor will be Lee, who finished third at the Oregon Invite, marking his seventh top-10 finish in eight Division I tournaments. Lee, a junior transfer from Bellevue Community College, is ranked No. 21 by Golfweek. Wallace, another Washington junior, was inserted into the Huskies' lineup two tournaments ago, and has responded with a pair of top-10 finishes. He is followed by Killmer, the winner of the Husky Open in September and Choo.

The Dawgs will face its most difficult challenge of the season, which is headed by top-ranked Georgia. The rest of the field includes No. 2 Oklahoma State, No. 3 USC, No. 4 Clemson, No. 5 Florida, No. 6 Stanford, No. 7 Indiana, No. 8 Georgia Tech (host), No. 11 South Carolina, No. 13 Alabama, No. 18 Florida State, No. 24 Texas A&M, No. 27 UCLA and No. 29 East Tennessee State.

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