Seventh For Dawgs At US Collegiate
April 7, 2009
ALPHARETTA, GA -- The No. 8 University of Washington men's golf team ran into some difficult conditions Tuesday during the final round of the United States Collegiate Championship at The Golf Club of Georgia.
The Huskies ended the championship in a tie for seventh place with UCLA, shooting 287-298-302-887 for the three-day event. Winning the team competition was Clemson, which shot a collective 876. The medalist honor was split between Alabama's Bud Cauley and Erik Flores, who each shot a 4-under 212.
'Today we just made a lot of mistakes,' said UW head coach Matt Thurmond. 'We left putts short, put some shots in the water and had some three-putts. We just did things that you can't do to be successful. And we've been good at avoiding that all season.'
Temperatures were in the low 30s, snow fell for the first seven holes for the Huskies and 20 mile-per-hour winds made conditions difficult to produce low scores. University of Washington junior Nick Taylor, fresh off his Pac-10 March Player of the Month honor, was the Huskies' top scorer, shooting a 5-over 69-75-77 221, which placed him in a tie for 17th place. Taylor was followed by Darren Wallace, who shot a 222 and was tied for 19th place. Tze Huang Choo and Richard Lee finished in a tie for 44th, each shooting a 228 and Chris Killmer came in 51st with a 229 -- but turned in the team's second best round with a 70 on Tuesday.
'Chris really did shoot a great round today and it was nice to see him bounce back,' Thurmond said.
The Huskies faced difficult competition at the U.S. Collegiate, as the top 11 ranked teams in the country made up a large chunk of the field. In fact, 14 of the 15 teams were ranked in the top 25, including three from the Pac-10. The Huskies finished in a group with UCLA tied for seventh and USC placing ninth. At one point during the second day of competition, the Dawgs were in first place by 10 strokes, but were unable to maintain the lead as the back nine proved treacherous to nearly every team. At that same time, Taylor was also atop the leader board at 4-under.
1. Clemson 283-309-284 876
2. Stanford 289-290-299 878
3. Georgia Tech 291-302-288 881
4. Georgia 295-292-296 883
5. Alabama 291-301-294 886
5. Texas A&M 296-287-303 886
7. UCLA 284-305-298 887
7. Washington 287-298-302 887
9. USC 285-308-302 887
10. Oklahoma State 289-305-301 895
11. South Carolina 291-303-303 897
12. East Tennessee State 306-303-297 906
13. Florida 296-314-299 909
14. Indiana 303-297-310 910
15. Florida State 302-309-304 915