Taylor and Lee To Compete At Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic

Nov. 21, 2009

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EL PASO, Texas - Washington Husky seniors Nick Taylor and Richard Lee are among 32 All-Americans that will compete in the 35th annual Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic.

The tournament, which is hosted by the Sun Bowl Association, is slated for Nov. 22-24 at the par-71, 6,837-yard El Paso Country Club. The competitors will pariticipate in a putting and long drive contest and a College-Am practice round on Sunday, before playing two rounds on Monday, followed by Tuesday's final round.

The Husky duo played in four team-tournaments this fall, and Taylor recorded top-10 finishes in all four events -- most recently a fall-best seventh-place result at the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational.

Lee had one top-10 finish this fall -- a runner-up result in the Topy Cup in Japan. He currently ranks ninth in the NCAA with a Par 3 scoring average of 2.96.

Taylor and Lee are among eight players representing the Pac-10 Conference. The Southeastern Conference also has eight competitors in the field to lead the way among conferences.

Also playing in this year's tournament are last season's NCAA Division I Player of the Year Matt Hill (North Carolina State) and Freshman of the Year Morgan Hoffmann (Oklahoma State), as well as the Division III Player of the Year Mitchell Fedorka (La Verne). Also included in the field are six Golfweek preseason first team All-America selections - Taylor, Hill, Hoffman, Russell Henley (Georgia), John Peterson (LSU) and Scott Langley (Illinois).

In all, the field includes 32 All-Americans from the previous year, making it the largest field in the 35-year existence of the event. In 2005, 31 players competed in the Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic.

Each university is awarded a $1,000 scholarship if a golfer from that school competes in the tournament.

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