Taylor and Lee Lead Huskies At Lexus Classic

March 9, 2010

FRESNO, Calif. - The Washington men's golf team couldn't hold onto its second round lead and ended up third out of 16 teams at the Fresno Lexus Classic after shooting a collective 13-over-par 368 in the final round. Brigham Young beat San Diego on the first playoff hole to take home the team title.

Despite the third-place finish at San Joaquin Country Club, Husky coach Matt Thurmond thought his team let too many opportunities slip through their hands. 'We made a lot of big mistakes and we made a lot of little mistakes,' he said afterwards. 'I'm kind of frustrated - we're playing okay but we're just making mistakes that players like we have just shouldn't be making.

'This would have been [a tournament] that even if we would have won, I wouldn't have been thrilled,' he continued. 'The last couple of tournaments I thought we played pretty decent and barely lost. This one, we did not play very well and barely lost.'

Senior Nick Taylor provided one of the bright spots of the day by shooting a 1-under 70 - the only Husky to score in the red on Tuesday. He birdied the final two holes to finish the tournament 2-over and tied for 11th place.

'He hit the ball a lot better today and avoided the big mistakes,' said Thurmond about his senior All-American. 'He still had more bogeys than he wanted, but he kind of just kept fighting. I was proud of him for birdieing those last two because I know this was a frustrating tournament for him.'

Richard Lee was the Huskies top finisher at +1 (214) and tied with three others for seventh. The native of Bellevue shot his second consecutive round of 2-over 73 and was able to remain entrenched at the top of the leaderboard thanks to his first round 3-under 68.

Chris Williams, who won the Battle of the Beach last time out, finished 21st after a three-round total of 218 (+5). Senior Chris Killmer was next on the leaderboard in a 25th-place tie after shooting +7 for the tournament.

Darren Wallace finished tied for 41st and Jens Bracht was tied for 52nd.

BYU's Robbie Fillmore recorded a birdie on the first playoff hole to defeat UC-Irvine's John Chin in a playoff. Each ended regulation at 5-under 208.

The Huskies return to action in the National Colegiate Match Play tournament at Dove Mountain Country Club in Tucson, Ariz., on March 21.

Team Standings
3. Washington, +22 (363-356-368-1087)

T7. Richard Lee, +1 (68-73-73-214)
T11. Nick Taylor, +2 (70-75-70-215)
T21. Chris Williams, +5 (73-70-75-218)
T25. Chris Killmer, +7 (75-71-74-220)
T41. Darren Wallace, +10 (77-70-76-223)
T52. Jens Bracht, +13 (7-72-77-226)

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