Williams Named Nations Top Freshman

June 4, 2010

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - National recognition keeps coming for Washington men's golfers as Chris Williams was named the nation's top freshman and Nick Taylor earned first-team All-America honors today.

Williams, a native of Moscow, Idaho, has been named recipient of the Phil Mickelson Award presented by the Phil and Amy Mickelson Foundation as the most outstanding freshman in Division I men's golf.

Williams tied for medalist honors twice this season - the Battle at the Beach and the ASU Thun-derbird Invitational. He also was runner-up at both the NCAA West Regional and the Washing-ton National Individual Championship. Williams also collected top 10 finishes at the Pac-10 Golf Championship (T-eighth) and Palouse Collegiate (seventh).

Cody Gribble of Texas, Texas A&M's Cameron Peck, T.J. Vogel of Southern California and UCLA's Pontus Widegren of UCLA joined Williams on the All-Freshmen Team.Taylor, recently named the Ben Hogan Award recipient as the nation's top college golfer, joined 10 other players from across the country as PING First-Team All-America honorees for Division I. The announcement was made by the Golf Coaches Association of America following the stroke-play portion of the NCAA Championships.

In addition to Taylor, the PING First-Team All-Americas included John Chin of UC Irvine, Texas Tech's Nils Floren, Dustin Garza of Wichita State, Georgia's Russell Henley, Scott Langley of Illinois, Texas A&M's Andrea Pavan, Jonathan Randolph of Mississippi, Peter Uihlein of Oklahoma State, Oregon State's Diego Velasquez and Oregon's Eugene Wong.

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