Nov. 22, 2005
Seattle - Washington men's golf coach Matt Thurmond announced today that four top amateur golfers have signed national letters of intent to enroll at Washington and compete on the Husky golf team. The Huskies' 2006 recruiting class includes two Washington natives and two golfers from British Columbia. The student-athletes who signed national letters of intent with Washington are Joel Dahmen of Clarkston, Wash., Chris Evans of Grapeview, Wash., Nick Taylor of Abbotsford, British Columbia and Darren Wallace of Langley, British Columbia.
"Signing four student-athletes is a very big class, but we are very excited about this group and believe they will be the core of Husky Golf for the next four years," Thurmond said. "Each of these guys will bring different characteristics to the team, but one common trait they share is that they are each good enough to make an immediate impact on our team. We have built this program on players from the Pacific Northwest and this class will follow in that tradition. I am confident this group will allow us to continue keeping Husky golf one of the top programs in the nation."
Dahmen attends Clarkston High School where he led the Bantams to the AAA state championship in 2005 by finishing second in the state tournament. It was the school's third straight AAA title. He won the AAA title in 2003 as a freshman. Last year Dahmen led the Greater Spokane League with a 70.5 scoring average.
He won the 2005 Junior Americas Cup Championships by seven shots with a three-round score of 12-under 204. He was 12th at the event in 2003. He was the 2005 Bill Egbers Memorial Champion in Burlington, Wash., by posting a 6-under score in the 36-hole event. Dahmen took top honors at the 2005 John Dropping Championship in Boise, featuring the Northwest's top junior competitors.
Dahmen was one shot behind Husky golfer Alex Prugh at the 2005 Rosauer's Open in Spokane. He shot 13-under 200 at the professional event.
In 2003 Dahmen was named the Washington Junior Golf Association's player of the year.
Evans attends Shelton High School. Last summer he competed at the 2005 Junior World Championships in San Diego where he tied for 16th place. He won the 2005 Frank Rodia Championship, bettering fellow recruit Joel Dahmen by one shot for medalist honors.
Earlier this year Evans won the 2005 Northwest Junior Tour Championship and was first at the Portland Junior Open. In 2004 he represented Washington on the Eddie Hogan Cup team that competed in Portland.
Taylor hails from the same town as current Husky senior James Lepp, the 2005 NCAA Champion. He is ranked the No. 7 junior golfer in Canada and won six consecutive tournaments he played in from March to June earlier this year.
He was 56th at the 2005 U.S. Junior Amateur where he qualified for match play before losing in the first round. He tied fellow recruit Chris Evans for 16th at the 2005 Junior World Championships in San Diego. Last summer he was third at the Canadian Junior Championships.
Taylor won the 2005 Future Links Pacific Regional championship and was first while playing for Yale Secondary School at the 2005 British Columbia High School Provincial Championships.
Wallace is the 2004 Canadian Amateur Champion, the youngest player to ever win the event. He placed first at the 2004 Future Links tournament played in Manitoba and was invited to participate in the 2004 Bell Canadian Open.
Wallace tied for 21st at the 2005 Junior World Championships. He represented Canada at the Aaron Baddely Junior Championships held in Fiji in 2004.