A Trio Of Huskies Made All-Americans

June 8, 2009

NORMAN, Okla. -- This year's Husky men's golf squad tied another program record this week, with Richard Lee, Nick Taylor and Darren Wallace garnering All-American honors.

In an announcement made today, the Huskies tie the 2004 and 2006 squads for the most such honors by a UW golf team. All three teams have been coached by eight-year coach Matt Thurmond. Taylor was named to the first team, while Lee and Wallace were third-team selections.

Improving upon his Honorable Mention in 2008, Taylor became the fourth Husky in history named to a First Team All-America. Taylor's junior season was arguably the best in program history, as he set or tied UW records for most medals won in a single season (4), lowest 54-hole score (198), lowest third-round score (63) and was Washington's first Pac-10 Player of the Year. Taylor is ranked No. 8 nationally by Golfweek among amateurs and college players. He also was runner-up at the World Amateur Team Championship while playing for Canada. Taylor was one of 10 semifinalists for the Ben Hogan Award, given to the nation's top golfer, and finished inside the top 10 in eight of 11 college tournaments this season -- including a ninth-place effort at the NCAA Championship.

Lee, a transfer from Bellevue Community College, made a splash on the college golf scene as he placed in the top 10 of his first seven tournaments this season. Although not one to gain much publicity for his accomplishments, Lee was second to Taylor in stroke average at 72.51 per 72 holes and 13 of his 37 rounds were under par. Also, he was the only player to suit up for each of the Huskies' 12 tournaments. Lee was also a First-Team, all-Pac-10 selection

Coming on strong late in the second half of the season, Wallace won the Pac-10 individual crown by four strokes at Seattle Golf Club this year. That was the culmination of a run that saw Wallace place in the top 10 in four of Washington's six final regular-season tournaments. While the Huskies were playing well throughout the 2008-09 season, Wallace's run placed them in the upper echelon of collegiate golf. Wallace was also a First-Team, all-Pac-10 selection and won Pac-10 Player of the Month in April.

Washington All-Americans
1973 Jim Irvin, Honorable Mention
1988 O.D. Vincent, Honorable Mention
1989 Todd Tibke, Honorable Mention
2000 Troy Kelly, Honorable Mention
2001 Troy Kelly, 3rd Team
2001 Brock Mackenzie, Honorable Mention
2002 Brock Mackenzie, 2nd Team
2003 Brock Mackenzie, 1st Team
2004 Brock Mackenzie, 1st Team
2004 Eric Olson, Honorable Mention
2004 Alex Prugh, Honorable Mention
2005 James Lepp, 1st Team
2006 Alex Prugh, 3rd Team
2006 Zach Bixler, Honorable Mention
2006 James Lepp, Honorable Mention
2008 Nick Taylor, HM

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