Top Husky Moments Of 2009: Huskies Roll To Pac-10 Title

Jan. 4, 2010

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Top Husky Moments Of 2009: Huskies Roll To Pac-10 Title

Darren Wallace dominated his way through the field to become the fourth Husky to win a Pac-10 Championship.

The Husky men's golf team plays in one of the toughest conferences in the nation and for three days in late April they proved to be the best of the best. The No. 5 Huskies asserted their dominance at the top of the Pac-10 with an 18-stroke victory at the conference championship at Seattle Golf Club.

The Dawgs combined for a four-round total of 16-under (365-360-347-352 1424), distancing themselves from second-place Oregon, which finshed 2-over.

Leading the way for the Huskies was Darren Wallace, who had the tournament of his life. The Washington junior earned medalist honors by a four-stroke margin, and was the only player to card all four rounds at par or better, shooting an 11-under, 277 (70-72-65-70).

'It feels great,' Wallace said at the time. 'We worked so hard for this all year; I've been working hard myself trying to reach my goals and this was one of them. It's great.'

Wallace etched his name in UW history alongside Erik Olson (2005) and Clint Names (1961) who won the individual title along with the team. Wallace is the fourth Husky to win the Pac-10 individual championship -- O.D. Vincent also won it in 1988.

Coming into the final round, the Huskies enjoyed an eight-stroke lead over the Ducks. Paired in twosomes with Oregon the final two days, Washington really shined, hitting shots when they needed to.

It was the fifth conference championship in program history, and the second in coach Matt Thurmond's eight-year tenure.

Finishing runner-up behind Wallace was Nick Taylor at 7-under. Taylor (76-70-67-68 281) made a charge at his teammate, shooting a combined 9-under between rounds three and four, but still came up short. But Taylor wasn't the only player to finish in the top 10, as sophomore Tze Huang Choo was eighth at 1-under. Junior Richard Lee finished in a tie for 11th place at 1-over while Chris Killmer was 24th and Jens Bracht was 38th.

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