Lee and Williams Join Taylor on PING All-American Team
June 9, 2010
NORMAN, Okla. -- For the fourth time in Washington golf history, three Huskies were named to the PING All-American teams. Richard Lee and Chris Williams were named to the third team on Wednesday, joining Nick Taylor who was announced as a first team member last week.
The Huskies also placed three golfers on the 2009, 2006 and 2004 squads. All four teams have been coached by nine-year coach Matt Thurmond.
For the second-consecutive season, Lee earned third team honors. He ranked third on the team with a 71.58 stroke average -- which ranks seventh best all-time in UW history -- and led the team with 12 rounds in the 60s. Lee ended up with six top-10 finishes in 13 events and played 18 of his 40 rounds under par throughout the year. He notched his first career win on May 22 when he took home medalist honors at Gold Mountain Golf Course during the NCAA West Regionals.
Williams has made an immediate impact at Washington from day one of stepping foot on campus back in September. He was named the recipient of the Phil Mickelson Award last week, given to the nation's top collegiate freshman golfer. Williams also became the first Husky to be named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and is the only first year rookie to win two tournaments (Battle of the Beach and ASU Thunderbird Invitational) in UW history. His stroke average of 71.10 was second on the team and ties Brock Mackenzie for the third lowest average in a season. Williams finished an impressive 60-percent of events he entered (6-of-10) in the top-10 and played six rounds in the 60s.
Taylor was named a first team member late last week, joining Mackenzie as the only Huskies to be honored multiple times on the first team. Taylor enjoyed one of the finest year's in Husky history, earning the 2010 Ben Hogan Award, the Pac-10 Golfer of the Year (his second honor), and notching nine top-10 finishes in 13 events. His stroke average of 71.0 is the second-best ever in team history.
Washington finished fourth in stroke play during the recently completed NCAA Championships and ended up tied with Georgia Tech for fifth overall after losing to Oregon during match play.
2010 Nick Taylor, 1st Team
2010 Richard Lee, 3rd Team
2010 Chris Williams, 3rd Team
2009 Nick Taylor, 1st Team
2009 Richard Lee, 3rd Team
2009 Darren Wallace, 3rd Team
2008 Nick Taylor, Honorable Mention
2006 Alex Prugh, 3rd Team
2006 Zach Bixler, Honorable Mention
2006 James Lepp, Honorable Mention
2005 James Lepp, 1st Team
2004 Brock Mackenzie, 1st Team
2004 Eric Olson, Honorable Mention
2004 Alex Prugh, Honorable Mention
2003 Brock Mackenzie, 1st Team
2002 Brock Mackenzie, 2nd Team
2001 Troy Kelly, 3rd Team
2001 Brock Mackenzie, Honorable Mention
2000 Troy Kelly, Honorable Mention
1989 Todd Tibke, Honorable Mention
1988 O.D. Vincent, Honorable Mention
1973 Jim Irvin, Honorable Mention