Men Host Pac-10 Golf Championship
April 23, 2009
SEATTLE, Wash. -- This year's Pacific-10 Championship will feature some of the top individual golfers in the country, as well as top-10 nationally ranked teams from Washington, Southern California and Stanford.
The high-caliber competition showcased at the Seattle Golf Club this year has become the standard for the Pac-10. Golfers from this Conference have won the past two NCAA team championships, as well as three of the last four individual titles.
The Pac-10 displayed its dominance in the college golf world during the 2008 NCAA Championship, when four of its teams placed in the top 10. In fact, the top three teams at the nation's top tournament belonged to the Pac-10, which included 2008 title holder UCLA, along with Stanford and Southern California.
Washington enters with one of the best regular seasons in program history. The No. 5 Dawgs have won four tournaments as a team -- more than any other Pac-10 school -- and have five individual titles. Junior Nick Taylor, the runner-up at the 2008 NCAA Championship, set the school record for medalist honors in a single season with four, winning the CordeValle Collegiate, the Hawai'i-Hilo Invitational, the Oregon Duck Invitational and the U.S. Intercollegiate. Internationally, Taylor was the runner-up in the 2008 World Amateur Team Championship.
Accompanying Taylor in the top 50 is Richard Lee at No. 32. Since arriving to Washington this year, Lee, a transfer from Bellevue Community College, has been the model of consistency, placing in the top 10 seven times. Lee is followed by Darren Wallace, who, along with Taylor, shot a program record score for a third round with a 63 at the U.S. Intercollegiate. The Huskies are coming off of the preeminent tournament performance in program history, shooting a 36-under 806 at the U.S. Intercollegiate. Huskies finished in the top three spots on the leader board last week, with Taylor, Wallace and Tze Huang Choo. Follwoing Wallace is Chris Killmer, who won Pac-10 Player of the Month honors in September 2008, after winning the Husky Invite. He is followed by Choo, and freshman Jens Bracht.
USC comes into the championship with the highest overall ranking for a Pac-10 team at No. 3 by Golfweek. The Trojans are led by the top-ranked collegiate golfer in the country, Australian import Matthew Giles, and owned the No. 1 team ranking for a couple of weeks this season. Stanford stands at No. 4 nationally, behind a pair of players in the top 15 in the country -- Joseph Bramlett and Steve Ziegler. Bramlett, ranked No. 9, has a pair of top-10 finishes this year and Ziegler took medalist honors at the USC Collegiate.
Seven of the Pac-10 teams were ranked inside the Golfweek's top 25 at some point this season, so a fierce battle for the top honor is anticipated. The event is free and open to the public. Tee times for the three-day event are set to begin at 7:30 a.m. on Monday. Since this is a private club, no jeans, cargo shorts or cell phones are allowed. Golfstat.com will provide live scoring for the event.