Men's Golf Fourth After Day One of Battle

Feb. 14, 2010

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NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. - The Washington men's golf team is fourth as a team and senior Richard Lee is fifth among individual competitors after round one of the Battle of the Beach in Newport Beach, Calif.

The Huskies made the turn collectively in first place at 11-under, but found the back nine much rougher going. Three Huskies - Darren Wallace, Richard Lee and Chris Williams - shared the lead with three others at 4-under after the first nine.

On the back nine, the Huskies were +9 as a group. First team All-American Nick Taylor was the only Dawg to shoot under par, going 1-under on the back. He shot a 1-over on the front to end his day at even-par 71.

Travel issues derailed the Huskies' practice round on Saturday, forcing the team to only play the front nine of Pelican Golf Course. The unfamiliarity of the back nine might have cost them a few strokes on Sunday.

'We hadn't seen the back nine and that certainly didn't account for every bad shot,' suggest Husky coach Matt Thurmond, 'but we went from playing really well on the front to not being sure what we were supposed to do and trying to figure out the back nine.'

'The back nine is tougher first of all. Secondly, we were the last group of the day and there was an hour delay from the time we teed off, so it was just a long day. I think we ran out of gas a little bit.'

Lee was +1 on the back and finished the day at 3-under 68 overall. Freshman Williams ended his day at 2-under and tied for ninth, while Wallace ended his day tied for 13th at 1-under.

Taylor is tied for 23rd, while freshman Charlie Hughes (+4) and Kevin Spooner (+13) have some ground to make up on the leaderboard.

The tournament format is five of the six scores count towards the team totals.

4. Washington -1, (353)

T5 Richard Lee -3, (68)
T9 Chris Williams -2, (69)
T13 Darren Wallace -1, (70)
T23 Nick Taylor E, (71)
T57 Charlie Hughes +4, (75)
86 Kevin Spooner +13, (84)

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