Huskies Eighth After First Round At PGA WEST
Oct. 11, 2009
LA QUINTA, Calif. - After ending the first round of The Prestige at PGA WEST tied for eighth place out of 13 teams, the fourth-ranked Washington men's golf team is searching for answers. While the Huskies may be searching for answers in order to get their game back on track, on Sunday they spent much of the day searching the Stadium Course for their golf balls.
'I think we might have to go buy some more balls at the pro shop because we hit so many in the water,' joked head coach Matt Thurmond following the Huskies' round which saw them shoot a collective 9-over 297.
'We tend to struggle when we play desert courses, and that was definitely the case today,' Thurmond added. 'We did a lot of uncharacteristic things and had a lot of really bad shots.'
All-American Nick Taylor is tied for 22nd after leading the five-man Husky contingent which all ended up within four strokes of each other. Taylor made four birdies on the day and shot a 1-over 73.
Tze Huang Choo shot a 2-over 74 and is tied for 31st. Choo was the only UW golfer to avoid a double-bogey or worse on their scorecard.
Stanford's Sihwan Kim and TCU's Johan de Beer are tied for the lead after shooting 4-under 68.
The Huskies entered the tournament as the highest ranked team. They will have some ground to make up to catch tournament-leading UCLA, which shot a 8-under 280 in day one. Second-place Stanford is two strokes behind UCLA. Southern California, the other Pac-10 school participating, is alone in seventh and three strokes ahead of Washington.
OTHER HUSKY NOTES: Husky alum Troy Kelly capped an excellent weekend at the Nationwide Tour's Chattanooga Classic by shooting a 7-under 65 in the final round. Kelly finished alone in second place, one-stroke behind event winner Chris Baryla.
Kelly entered the final round tied for 13th and was able to jump up all the way to second thanks to a round that saw him convert eight birdie attempts and card only one bogey. He finished 18-under-par (69-67-69-65-270) to earn $65,000, his best result of 2009. Until this weekend, Kelly had only made three previous cuts in 16 events.
The Prestige at PGA WEST (Husky Individual Results):
T22. Nick Taylor, +1 (73)
T31. Tze Huang Choo, +2 (74)
T43. Richard Lee, +3 (75)
T43. Charlie Hughes, +3 (75)
T56. Darren Wallace, +5 (77)
T63. Chris Killmer*, +6 (78)
T63. Chris Williams*, +6 (78)
*Competing as an individual