Men's Golf Fifth After First Round of Topy Cup

Sept. 8, 2009

Tanagura, Japan -- Paced by three players that shot a one-over-par 73, No. 2 ranked Washington collectively shot 8-over 296 in the first round of the Topy Cup at Tamagura Country Club.

The Huskies sit in fifth place among 10 teams, a group that is comprised of four American college teams and six Japanese college teams. Tohoku Fukushi University leads the tournament at 4-under 284, while Texas is second at 2-over 290. Colorado State is third at 5-over 293 and Michigan State is tied for seventh at 19-over 307.

Junior Tze Huang Choo and seniors Richard Lee and Nick Taylor each carded first round scores of 73 and are tied for ninth place. Senior Darren Wallace carded a 5-over 77 and is tied for 40th, while senior Chris Killmer is tied for 48th at 6-over 78.

Choo, from Singapore, Singapore, jumped out of the gates quickly for the Huskies, shooting a front nine 2-under 34, equalling the best first nine among the 60 competitors. He remained near the top of the leaderboard until a triple-bogey 7 on No. 17 brought his score back down to the pack.

Taylor, the world's No. 1 ranked amateur, wasn't far behind Choo on the first nine as he carded a one-under 35. Taylor got his score down as far as 2-under before stumbling towards the end with three bogeys on the last four holes.

Lee was relatively consistent, wedging a bogey around eight pars on the front nine. He made a move on No. 10 and 11 with back-to-back birdies to get under par before bogeying 15 and 18.

Wallace and Killmer each struggled on the front nine with scores of 40 and 42, respectively. Each rebounded nicely on the back nine, with Killmer shooting an even-par 36 and Wallace shooting a one-over 37.

The Huskies will be back on the course Tuesday night locally, which is Wednesday in Japan.

Team Standings
1. Tohoku Fukushi: -4, 284
2. Texas: +2, 290
3. Colorado State: +5, 293
4. Chuo Gakuin: +6, 294
5. Washington: +8, 296
6. Nihon: +14, 301
7. Kwansei Gakuin: +19, 307
7. Mie Chukyo: +19, 307
7. Michigan State: +19, 307
10. Osaka Gakuin: +20, 308

UW Individuals
T9. Tze Huang Choo, +1 (73)
T9. Richard Lee, +1 (73)
T9. Nick Taylor, +1 (73)
T40. Darren Wallace, +5 (77)
T48. Chris Killmer, +6 (77)

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