Taylor Runs With The Olympic Torch

Feb. 8, 2010

ABBOTTSFORD, British Columbia - To say that the last 12 months for Nick Taylor have been a whirlwind might be the understatement of the year. But, this past week might have been right at the top of his 'Where's Waldo?'-type of life.

After spending a week in Hawai'i and helping the Husky golf team to a second-place finish at the Mauna Lani Invitational (he was fourth among all individuals), Taylor hopped on a plane back to the mainland. Unlike his teammates who returned to their normal college lives, Taylor scurried back home to Abbottsford, British Columbia to carry the Olympic Torch for his native country.

'It wasn't quite what I expected,' said Taylor. 'There were people out on the streets cheering. I was the next to last person to carry the torch before it entered into a stadium with 12 to 14 thousand fans waiting.'

What also wasn't expected was that Taylor originally was supposed to carry the torch for a stretch during the stop in Merritt, B.C., several hours outside of Vancouver. Fortunately, at the last minute, Taylor got to carry the torch in his hometown of Abbottsford.

The task only required Taylor to carry the 10-pound torch for about 300 meters before passing it onto the next person. Despite the short duration of his stint as torch-bearer, it was an experience Taylor will never forget.

'Once-in-a-lifetime,' was how he described it.

Taylor, the No. 1 ranked player in the Scratch Player World Amateur Ranking and former World's No. 1 ranked Amateur, and the rest of the Huskies next compete from Feb. 14-16 in the Battle of the Beach at Pelican Hills Golf Course in Newport, Calif.

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