Huskies Fourth After First Day At U.S. Collegiate

April 5, 2009

ALPHARETTA, GA -- University of Washington junior Nick Taylor ad sophomore Tze Huang Choo are in a three-way tie for fourth place after the first day of the United States Collegiate Championship at The Golf Club of Georgia on Sunday. As a team, the No. 9 Huskies are also in fourth.

'Today was a good start,' said UW head coach Matt Thurmond. 'I was very pleased with the way we played, especially after the way we started. After those first couple of holes, it felt like we were going to shoot a million.'

Instead the Huskies settled down and shot a 1-under 287 with Choo and Taylor leading the way, each shooting a 3-under 69. Behind them were Richard Lee (+2, 74) Darren Wallace (+3, 75) and Chris Killmer (+5, 77).

'Choo was big for us today, we really needed his round. Chris struggled out there today and Richard and Darren didn't play as well as they could,' Thurmond said. 'For us to get a 69 from our No. 5 guy is huge.'

The Huskies continue playing in a tournament that will most likely be the most difficult competition they see all season. Fourteen of the 15 participating teams are ranked in Golfweek's top 25, including the top 11 teams in the country -- which includes the Dawgs.

'I honestly don't think there has ever been a tournament with a field this good,' Thurmond said. 'You get a number of ranked teams in the NCAA's, but even that doesn't usually have the top 11 teams in the country. And it's nice to play an average day like we felt we did and be right around the top.'

Leading the tournament is Clemson at 5-under 283 on the day. UCLA's Eric Flores is leading the individual standings after shooting a 7-under 65. The Pac-10 has four golfers in the top six spots, and all four of its teams in the top five.

'I think that says a lot about the Pac-10 that all of its teams can travel across the country and do this well,' Thurmond said.

The Huskies will tee off from the first hole on Monday at 11:30 a.m. to begin the second day of the three-day tournament. Choo will lead the Huskies off with Killmer, Wallace, Lee and Taylor following. Live scoring will be available at

Team Standings
1. Clemson 283
2. UCLA 284
3. USC 285
4. Washington 287
5. Oklahoma State 289
5. Stanford 289
7. South Carolina 291
7. Alabama 291
7. Georgia Tech 291
10. Georgia 296
11. Florida 296
11. Texas A&M 296
13. Florida State 302
14. Indiana 303
15. East Tennessee State 306

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