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Freshman Cheng-Tsung Pan's Fast Start

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Cheng-Tsung Pan is off to an amazing start for the Dawgs this year.  The freshman took first place in the second college event of his career. 

Scott Hanson, of the The Seattle Times, wrote about Pan's recent play and the praises he received from Coach Matt Thurmond.

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/huskies/2016665696_uwgolfer02.html

UW Men 12th, Women Receive Votes in Nike/Golf World Poll

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In the latest Nike/Golf World coaches poll the men are 12th and the women received 18 votes, which would put them at 30th.

Oklahoma State remains No. 1 on the men's side, while Alabama heads up the women's poll.

For a complete list ... click here.

Prugh Can't Rebound; Finishes 41st at Justin Timberlake Shriners Open

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LAS VEGAS -- Alex Prugh shot a 1-over 72 in the final round of the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and ended up -11 (273) overall and tied for 41st.

Prugh had a cold-hot-cold round on Sunday. He started with three bogeys on the first eight holes, followed by four birdies over the next seven, before wrapping up with back-to-back bogeys on No. 16 and 17.

Jonathan Byrd won the tournament on the fourth playoff hole with a hole-in-one as darkness set in at TPC Summerlin. He beat Cameron Percy and Martin Laird, who each ended regulation at -21.

Prugh Tied for 16th After Three Rounds In Vegas

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LAS VEGAS -- Alex Prugh is tied for 16th at -12 after three rounds of the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital for Children Open. The former Husky All-American could have been in better position, but a bogey and double bogey down the stretch at TPC Summerlin caused his score to balloon.
Prugh shot out of the gates with four birdies on the first six holes and was second on the leaderboard at that point of the tournament. From there, Prugh cooled down and converted one birdie the rest of the way. 
A bogey on No. 11, No. 16 and a double bogey on No. 17 cost him valuable ground as he head's to Sunday's final round. He ended up at 1-under par 70 for the round.
Prugh was paired with the tournament's defending champion Martin Laird, who is leading after 54 holes at -19. He has a one-stroke lead over Jonathan Byrd.
Prugh will tee off at 11:15 a.m. PT on Sunday. The Golf Channel will have live coverage of the event from 2-5 p.m..

Prugh Tied For Third In Vegas

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LAS VEGAS -- Alex Prugh shot a 7-under 64 in the second round of the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open on Friday and is tied with five others for third place at -11 overall.
The former Husky All-American started his day from the 10th tee of TPC Summerlin and got off to  a masterful start with three-straight birdies. After a par, he birdied the par three 14th hole thanks to a 27-foot putt. 
He followed up with an impressive eagle on the par four 15th hole that was playing at under 300 yards. Prugh drove his ball just off the green but holed out in from just under 42-feet away. He added another birdie on the 16th hole to drop to seven under after seven holes.
Prugh slowed down from there and was even par the rest of the way. He birdied No. 5 and bogeyed No. 6 but marked pars on all the other holes.
Jonathan Byrd leads at -13 overall after a 63. Ryuji Imada is second at -12 after shooting the days best round of a 9-under 62.

Prugh Tied For 26th After First Round in Vegas

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LAS VEGAS -- Former Husky All-American Alex Prugh shot a 4-under 67 in the first round of the PGA Tour's Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital for Children Open and is tied for 26th.

Prugh, who now lives in Las Vegas and calls TPC Summerlin his home course, shot a 2-under on the front and back nines, but needed birdies on his final three holes to get his score to -4.

To see Prugh's scorecard ... click here.

UW Men's Golf Ninth in Latest Golf World Rankings

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The Washington Husky men's golf team is ranked ninth in the latest Golf World/Nike rankings released on Thursday. The Huskies are tied with Pac-10 rival Oregon with 320 points.

Oklahoma State remains in first, with Florida second, Augusta State third, Alabama fourth and Stanford fifth.

For the complete rankings, visit Golf World.com.

 

Prugh Shoots a First Round 3-Under 68 in Boston

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With Hurricaine Earl bearing down on the East Coast, the 99-man field at the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston beat the weather and completed the first round.

The tees were moved up in anticipation of the expected high winds, but the terrible conditions never really came to fruition. Eighty-three of the golfers took advantage of the shortened course and tallied under-par rounds. 

Former Husky All-American Alex Prugh was among the golfers in the red, carding a first round 3-under 68. He was poised for an even lower score, but a double-bogey on the sixth hole cost him two strokes. He had teed off his round from the 10th hole and was three-under after the turn.

Jason Day and Zach Johnson each shot 8-under 63 in Friday's first round to share the lead. Eight golfers were at 7-under, including Tacoma's Ryan Moore. Tiger Woods struggled in the first round ending up +1.

To see the leaderboard ... click here.

To see Prugh's scorecard .... click here

Prugh Enters Weekend Action at Wyndham Classic Tied for 20th

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Behind a second round 6-under 64 at the Wyndham Classic being held at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C., Alex Prugh enters weekend action of the PGA Tour event tied for 20th at -7 overall.

Prugh is five strokes behind co-leaders Arjun Atwal and Brandt Snedeker who are at -12.

He birdied five of his final eight holes after being just 1-under through 10 holes. Overall, Prugh recorded seven birdies on Friday and had one bogey.

Wyndham Classic leaderboard ... click here

Alex Prugh's scorecard ... click here

Prugh Tied For 23rd At Turning Stone Resort Championship

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VERONA, N.Y. -- Alex Prugh shot a second-consecutive round of 4-under 68 and is tied for 23rd after three rounds of the Turning Stone Resort Championship at Atunyote Golf Club. Prugh is -8 overall for the tournament, seven strokes behind leader Alex Cejka.

Prugh had a bogey-free round on Saturday and converted four birdie opportunities during the day.

Prugh's Scorecard ... click here

Turning Stone Resort Leaderboard ... click here

Prugh Makes Turning Stone Resort Championship Cut

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VERONA, N.Y. -- Alex Prugh shot a 4-under 68 in Friday's second round of the Turning Stone Resort Championship and is tied for 20th entering this weekend's action. Prugh shot a par-72 in the first round and is -4 overall for the tournament.

Prugh's second round at Atunyote Golf Club including six birdies and saw him reach as low as 5-under through 17 holes. A bogey on No. 9 -- Prugh teed off his round from the 10th box -- pushed him down the leaderboard but did not affect his status with the 2-under cut line.

Alex Cetjka leads the tournament at 10-under, one stroke better than Chris Tidland and Rory Sabbatini.

The PGA Tour is conducting two events weekend, also holding the World Golf Championships. 

Turning Stone Leaderboard ... click here

 

Prugh Misses PGA Tour Cut

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Alex Prugh was 5-over after two rounds of the inaugural Greenbrier Classic and missed the cut by seven strokes on Friday.

Jeff Overton was 14-under after two rounds and has a four stroke lead entering Saturday's action.

Complete Leaderboard ...

 

Prugh +3 After First Round of the Greenbrier Classic

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WHITE SULFUR SPRING, W.V. -- Alex Prugh had a tough first round at the Greenbrier Classic in West Virginia on Thursday, shooting a 3-over 73 in the first round. He is tied for 129th and will have his work cut out for himself on Friday to make the cut.

Prugh was able to stay out of trouble for the most part during his round, but he did not hit any birdies and had to count a double bogey and a bogey on his card. His tee shot went out of bounds on No. 9 costing Prugh a penalty stroken and eventual double on the par-4 hole.

Prugh will tee off at 1:20 p.m. ET.

Matt Every and Erik Compton lead after shooting 7-under 63's on Thursday.

Check out the leaderboard...

Huskies Well Represented at Pacific Coast Amateur

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EUGENE, Ore. -- The 44th Pacific Coast Championships opened on Tuesday at Eugene Country Club and individuals and teams battled it out for bragging rights.

The format for this championship is 72-holes of individual stroke play with no cut, but the event also features a team component, with three-man teams representing the 16 state and regional associations that make up the Pacific Coast Golf Association competing for the Morse Cup trophy. The champion is determined after the first 36 holes, with each team's best two scores each day counting toward the team score.

The Washington State Golf Association team has won the last two years but are well back in the pack this year. Recent UW grad Richard Lee is among the Washington team and the Bellevue native struggled to a 8-over for the day.

The best day among Huskies was reserved for Charlie Hughes, who is tied for ninth after a 1-under 70 in the first round. He is playing unattached so his score did not help any of the teams in the competition.

UW alum Derek Berg is part of the Pacific Northwest GA team that is tied for third -- two strokes off Utah GA and one stroke behind Oregon GA. The trio that also includes Cameron Peck and Andrew Putnam combined for 3-under. Berg is tied for 34th after a +3 (74).

Darren Wallace shot a 2-over par 73 and is tied for 29th. His Golf British Columbia team is tied for eighth at +1.

Mackenzie Q & A On PGATour.com

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Hopefully, you've already read this rundown of Brock Mackenzie's terrific performance at the RBC Canadian Open and will be rooting him on tomorrow. (Click that link for additional links to tee times, leaderboard, etc.)

But here's a Q & A from the PGA Tour's website with a little more info.

Go Brock!!!

Prugh Struggles In First Round of Reno-Tahoe Open

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RENO, Nev. -- Former Husky Alex Prugh struggled in the first round of the Reno-Tahoe Open on Thursday, shooting a 5-over-par 77 at Montreaux Golf and Country Club. He is tied for 100th out of 124 competitors.

Prugh had eight bogeys during the round. His lone bright spots were an eagle on No. 17 and a birdie on No. 6. He played in the afternoon round when winds picked up.

He will tee off at 8:26 a.m. on Friday morning.

Bracht Sets Course Record in First Round of Sahalee Championships

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DuPONT, Wash. -- Husky junior-to-be Jens Bracht shot a course record 6-under 66 on Wednesday at the Home Course in DuPont and led after the first round of the Sahalee Players Championship.

Despite his blistering score, he couldn't shake Oklahoma State All-American Peter Uihlein, who equaled Bracht's 66 to grab a share of the lead. Golfers are currently on the course playing the second round of the 72 hole tournament.

Bracht, who began his round from the 10th tee, started his day with an eagle and added four birdies to make the turn at 6-under. He bogeyed No. 1, but answered with back-to-back birdies to go 7-under through 12 holes. He gave a stroke back on the next hole but closed his round with five-straight pars.

UW's Chris Williams was tied for eighth after the first round at -2. Charlie Hughes shot an even-par 72 in the first round, while recently graduated Darren Wallace and defending champion Nick Taylor are each 1-over par.

Richard Lee and UW alum Derek Berg each struggled and shot uncharacteristic 8-over 80 in the first round.

 

Prugh, Taylor Tee Off Thursday at PGA's Travelers Championship

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CROMWELL, Conn. -- Nick Taylor and Alex Prugh compete in the PGA Tour's Travelers Championship starting tomorrow at the TPC River Highlands course located outside of Hartford, Conn. Taylor, who earned an exemption for the tournament, will be competing in his first PGA event this year and is the only amateur playing. He will have Husky assistant Garrett Clegg on his bag. Prugh will have his normal caddy, former UW teammate Zach Bixler, on his bag.

Taylor will be in the last pairing of the day and tee off from the 10th hole at 2:06 p.m. ET. Prugh will start his day much earlier, teeing off at 7:00 a.m. ET in a threesome that includes John Daly and Lee Janzen.

The best way to follow all the action online is at PGATour.com.

Williams Second After First Round of WSGA Men's Amateur Championship

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KINGSTON, Wash. - Chris Williams shot a first round 3-under 69 at the Washington State Golf Association Men's Amateur Championship being held at Kingston's White Mountain Golf Course and is tied for second after day one.

Williams is one stroke behind University of Idaho's Jarred Bossio, who shot a 4-under 68. Husky alum Derek Berg is the next highest golfer with UW ties tied for fifth at +2.

Charlie Hughes, who just wrapped up his freshman season, is tied for 14th at +4. Dylan Goodwin is tied for 24th at +6 and Jens Bracht is tied for 37th at +8.

 

Golfweek.com Mock Golf Draft

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Sports websites have fun with NFL and NBA mock drafts, so Golfweek.com decided to come up with their own drill of a PGA Tour mock draft. Now, which teams would draft the golfers, that is another question, but this mock draft is based on what they feel is pro potential.

Four experts -- an East Coach coach, a West Coach coach and two agents -- were asked to each rank a list of top-10 seniors or juniors who declared their intetions to turn pro. Nick Taylor was first on both agents lists and the West Coast coach's list, while he was ranked second by the East Coast coach.

Richard Lee was ranked No. 5 on the list of both agents. The East Coast coach ranked Lee seventh and he was 10th by the West Coast coach.

To read the entire rankings and comments by the four guest panelists, click here.

 

UW Golf Ends Up Second In Final Golfweek Rankings

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The Husky men's golf team can take solace in that they ended up second in the final Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings that were released on June 8. Although they technically tied for fifth at the NCAA Championships, they are only behind Oklahoma State in the Golfweek rankings.

National champion Augusta State was fifth, while Oregon was seventh. See the complete list....click here.

Individually, Nick Taylor was third in the final rankings. He trailed only Georgia's Russell Henley and UC-Irvine's John Chin. Richard Lee was 26th and Chris Williams 27th in the final rankings. Darren Wallace came in at 123rd, while Charlie Hughes was 133rd. See the complete list....click here.

Trio of Huskies Will Not Play In 2010 U.S. Open

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Nick Taylor, Richard Lee and Chris Williams, who all qualified for the U.S. Open Sectional at Columbia Edgewater Country Club, failed to finish in the top three out of 48 players and failed to advance to the upcoming U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

Taylor and Lee were two strokes away from qualifying at 3-under 139 overall and tied for sixth, while Williams was one stroke behind his UW teammates and tied for 10th.

Kent Eger was 8-under, while Jason Allred and Matthew Richardson were 5-under to qualify for the three spots at Pebble Beach.

 

Brock Mackenzie Leads Canadian Event

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VICTORIA, B.C. -- Former Husky All-American Brock Mackenzie holds the lead after three rounds of the Canadian Tour's Times Colonist Open being held at Uplands Golf Course in Victoria, B.C. Mackenzie is 10-under par after Saturday's third round and holds a one stroke lead over Aaron Goldberg.

On Sunday, he will be seeking his first win on the Canadian Tour. The winner takes home a payday of $40,000.

Read more about Mackenzie's effort from Canam.com.

In other professional golf news, albeit a little late, Alex Prugh failed to make the cut at the Memorial in Dublin, Ohio this week. He was 10-over par for the tournament.

On the Nationswide Tour, 2003 UW grad Troy Kelly failed to make the cut of the Melwood Prince George's County Open in Maryland.

Prugh Finishes 2-Under At Colonial

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Alex Prugh ended his four-day run at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Country Club with a fourth round 3-over-par 73 to finish at 2-under 278 overall and tied for 6tth.

Prugh suffered through a tough round that saw him bogey six holes and convert three birdies. Here is a look at his scorecard. He earned $12,710 for his efforts this week.

 

Golfweek.com Staff Makes National Championship Picks

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Two of Golfweek.com's main college golf writers -- Lance Ringler and Ron Balicki -- made their picks for the NCAA Men's Golf Championships and each selected Washington as their winners.

Balicki apologizes to Washington coach Matt Thurmond for picking his team in the article as typically that has been the kiss-of-death for that team. He claims to have picked the winner only three times in 25 years of predicting the college national champion. For those who want to read Balicki's analysis, you can visit Golfweek.com by clicking here.

Ringler on the otherhand says that the Huskies have been the hottest team in the spring and based on recent trends, the numbers are good for Washington and Clemson.

Hopefully, these two respected college golf experts are right and a week from today the Huskies will be celebrating their first-ever men's golf NCAA Championship.

 

Prugh Tied For 48th After Three Rounds At Colonial

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Alex Prugh shot a third round 1-under 69 in the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Country Club and is tied for 48th at 5-under overall. He is 11 strokes back of leaders Brian Davis and Bryce Mulder.

Prugh played a rather steady round on Saturday and was 1-over on the front nine with a bogey on No. 3 and followed up with a 2-under on the back nine with birdies on No. 11 and No. 16.

Here is a look at Prugh's scorecard and a look at the entire PGATour.com leaderboard.

Prugh will tee off at 7:06 a.m. PST on Sunday.

Prugh Shoots A Second Round 5-Under 65 At Colonial

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- After a first round 1-over 71 on Thursday at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, former Husky Alex Prugh bounced back with a 5-under 65 and is poised to make the cut.

Prugh sits at 4-under and the cut line is 2-under. Bryce Mulder leads the field at -13 overall after posting an 8-under 62 on Friday.

Colonial Country Club served as the site of a great moment for the Huskies earlier this week when Nick Taylor was announced as the winner of the 2010 Ben Hogan Award.

Husky Golf in the News

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A lot has happened in the last week with Washington men's golf, so I've got a few news articles to share:

 ? First off, congrats to Nick Taylor on winning the Ben Hogan Award. Here are a few news articles on that event:

--The perspective from the Vancouver Sun, click here.

--Here is what his hometown paper in Abbottsford had to say, read more.

--Chuck Stark of the Kitsap Sun's perspective: Read More

--Here's an on campus perspective from the UW Daily and Taylor Soper, read more.

--And finally, from Golfweek.com you can get more of a national perspective. Click here.

 ? Here is a story on the UW Golf Center by AP writer Tim Booth that was picked up by USA Today: Read more.

 ? Finally, here are some of the stories about UW during the NCAA West Regional.

--From Chuck Stark of the Kitsap Sun, here is his recap of the championship and some of his other stories:

? Huskies Cruise to Easy Victory

? Chris Williams' Hole-In-One Mangles the Eighth Hole

? Talented Taylor Leads Husky Fun Bunch

--Todd Milles of the Tacoma News Tribune writes that the Huskies turned the Regional into a laugher.

 

 

 

 

Prugh Earns $14K at Byron Nelson

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DALLAS -- Former Husky All-American Alex Prugh finished tied for 59th in the HP Byron Nelson Championship on Sunday, 16 strokes behind first-time PGA Tour winner Jason Day.

Prugh shot a 2-over-par 72 in the final round and was 6-over-par overall in the tournament. He won $14,495 for his week's worth of work.

The Spokane native is ranked 41st in the Fed-Ex Cup standings and 53rd on the money list with $752,681 earned this year.

Prugh Struggles Through A Tough Third Round

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DALLAS -- After consecutive rounds in the 60's, Alex Prugh found the going tough in the third round of the Byron Nelson Championship on Saturday. Prugh shot an 8-over-par 78 at TPC Four Seasons Resort Las Colinas and dropped from 19th to 62nd in the standings.

Prugh's round included seven bogeys, a double-bogey and just one birdie. He is +4 overall, 16 shots behind leader Jason Day.

You can follow tomorrow's action on PGATour.com by clicking here.

Prugh Makes Byron Nelson Cut, in 19th

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IRVING, Texas -- Former Husky golfer Alex Prugh is giving the current group of UW duffers company in the news headlines this week, making the cut for the Byron Nelson Championship and sitting in 19th place after two rounds.

Prugh turned in his second-consecutive round in the 60's, carding a 1-under par 69 at TPC Four Seasons Resort Las Colinas on Friday. He is at 4-under-par 136 and six shots behind leaders Cameron Beckman and Blake Adams.

The story of the tournament so far has been 16-year-old Jordan Spieth who became the sixth-youngster player to ever make the cut of a PGA Tour event.

 

Husky Men's Golf In The Local Papers

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Lots of newpaper coverage of the Husky men's golf team today as the UW opened up play at the NCAA Regionals Thursday by shooting a two-under score of 286 to take the first-round lead at Gold Mountain in Bremerton.

Here's a rundown of links of the coverage:

? First, a round-up of the action from gohuskies.com, including a photo gallery and complete results.

? Todd Milles of the Tacoma News-Tribune has this story examining how the Huskies dealt with the elements on Thursday.

? The Kitsap Sun's Chuck Stark focuses on Darren Wallace in his story today.

? Scott Hanson provides this report in today's Seattle Times.

? The focus is also on Wallace in Taylor Soper's report for the UW Daily.

Look for more tomorrow after the second day Friday.

Prugh No. 2 On PGATour.com Rookie Watch List

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In the PGATour.com's latest Rookie Watch List, former Husky Alex Prugh is second with 29 points, trailing Ricky Fowler by one point.

This is an unofficial account that takes into consideration the following point system - FINISH VALUES: Win (15 points); P-2 (9 points); 2nd-5th (8 points); 6th-10th (5 points); 11th-25th (3 points); 26th or higher/MDF (1 point); and MC/WD/DQ (0 points).

It may not be an exact science, but it certainly gives you a great perspective of where the former Husky All-American ranks among his first-year peers on the PGA Tour.

For the complete story, click here.

Seattle Times Columnist Jerry Brewer Profiles Nick Taylor

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In case you missed it, Seattle Times columnist Jerry Brewer wrote a great Sunday news feature on Husky All-American Nick Taylor. Check it out by clicking here.

Four Huskies Advance To U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying

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BELLEVUE, Wash. - Three current Huskies and a former Dawg were among eight golfers to advance from U.S. Open Local Qualifying at Overlake Golf and Country Club on Monday to Sectional Qualifying later on this month.

Tze Huang Choo, Richard Lee and alum Derek Berg each shot a 2-under 69 to tie for second and Chris Williams was among six golfers tied for sixth at 1-under that advanced to a sudden-death playoff. Williams was able to survive and advance, while former Husky Corey Prugh earned an alternate spot.

Nick Taylor had previously earned an automatic berth to Sectional Qualifying by being last year's low amateur at the 2009 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black.

The 2010 U.S. Open will take place at Pebble Beach Golf Links from June 17-20..

Prugh Finishes 47th At PLAYERS Championships

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PONTE VERDA BEACH, Fla. - Alex Prugh shot a 4-over-par 76 in Sunday's final round of The PLAYERS Championship and ended up tied for 47th.

Prugh hit a birdie on No. 2 and was 1-under through six holes before five bogeys over the final 12 holes left him at 4-over-par for the round. His 78 left him at an even-par 288 overall for the tournament. He won $25,118 for his four-day effort.

The former Husky All-American earned 22 FedEx Cup points and ranks 38th overall in the standings. He has earned $738,186 this season and is 48th on the money list.

Tim Clark ended up at 16-under-overall after shooting a day's best 5-under 67.

 

Prugh Drops to 4-under After Three Rounds at PLAYERS Championship

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PONTE VERDA BEACH, Fla. - Alex Prugh shot a 2-under-par 70 in the third round of the PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass and is tied for 45th heading into Sunday's final round. Prugh is 4-under-par overall and one of the competitors that he is tied with is Tiger Woods.

Prugh's round included four birdies and two bogeys. The Spokane-native will tee off at 10:50 a.m. local time on Sunday.

You can follow Prugh several ways online at PGATour.com. The website has a live Shot tracker, which follows each player shot-by-shot, or you can follow him on the Leaderboard.

Prugh Makes THE PLAYERS Championship Cut

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PONTE VERDA BEACH, Fla. - Alex Prugh just snuck into weekend play for THE PLAYERS Championship on Friday. He double-bogeyed the final hole of his round and ended up at -2 overall, which was the cutline.

Prugh was 1-over-par on the day and enters Saturday's third round 10 strokes off the lead. Lee Westwood is 12-under-par for the tournament at TPC at Sawgrass.

Strong First Round Finds Prugh 21st at THE PLAYERS Championship

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PONTE VERDA BEACH, Fla. -- Alex Prugh shot a first round 3-under-par 69 in THE PLAYERS Championship on Thursday, an event long considered the fifth major on the PGA Tour. For much of the morning, Prugh led the field at 5-under, but a double-bogey on his 16th hole (No. 7) brought him back to where he ended his round at the famed TPC at Sawgrass.

Prugh teed off from No. 10 and was -4 as he made the turn. He went to -5 after birdieing No. 2. He was in good shape until his tee shot on No. 7 found the water.

TPC at Sawgrass is infamous for its Par-3 No. 17, a signature hole that is surrounded by water. Prugh was able to birdie the hole and explained to PGATour.com the secret to his success.

"It's an easy hole," Prugh said with a laugh to the Tour's official website. "I ended up pulling a 9-iron, just a nice little chip 9-iron with wind hurting it a little, and you have a backstop there on that front pin. I hit it how I wanted to and it ended up just being pin high, however many feet to the right."

"You kind of get a feel for it in Tiger Woods," said Prugh. "Some breaks, some places not to be. If you have a tough up-and-down on that game, you know not to be there in real life because it's even that much worse."

Prugh Misses Cut At Quail Hollow

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Alex Prugh failed to make the cut at the Quail Hollow Championships being held in Charlotte, N.C. after shooting a 3-over-par 75 on Friday. He was +3 for the tournament, with the cutline being at 1-over.

Prugh bogeyed three of the final four holes to play himself out of contention to make it to Sunday.

Prugh Even Par After First Round at Quail Hollow

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Alex Prugh shot an even-par 72 in the first round of the Quail Hollow Championship and is tied for 44th. He is seven shots behind leader Bo Van Pelt, who shot a 65.

Among those Prugh is ahead of in the standings is Tiger Woods, who is at 2-over 74 after Thursday's round.

Prugh had a streaky round that saw him even after the first three holes, followed by three-consecutive bogeys, which he answered with three birdies on the next five holes. He closed with two more bogeys and two birdies.

Prugh will tee off at 8:30 a.m. local (5:30 PT) on the 10th tee.

 

Washington Remains Third In Golf World/Nike Coaches Poll

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NEW YORK, N.Y. -- The fourth Golf World/Nike Golf Division I Coaches' Poll of the spring season has been released, combining the resources of Golf World magazine, Nike Golf and the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA). The complete results, including results from Divisions II, III and the NAIA, will appear in the May 3 issue of Golf World and can be viewed online: http://www.golfdigest.com/golf-tours-news/blogs/college-golf/2010/04/golf-worldnike-golf-mens-coach-3.html

Oklahoma State, with an impressive victory at the Big 12 Championship, remains the No. 1 team in the poll. The Cowboys claimed eight of the 22 first-place votes available and are expected to be the top seed when the NCAA regional fields are selected May 10.

Oregon, fresh off wins at the U.S. Intercollegiate and the Western Intercollegiate, moved to the No. 2 spot, grabbing three first-place votes. It's the highest the Ducks have been ranked in 2009-10.

Washington (No. 3), Texas A&M (No. 4) and Stanford (No. 5) round out the top-five. The Aggies received seven first-place votes while the Cardinal got three.

USC (No. 9) and Georgia (No. 10) moved into the top-10, after being ranked Nos. 12 and 21, respectively, in the previous coaches' poll.

Three schools moved into the top-25: Duke (No. 21), Oregon State (T-24), San Diego State (T-24).

Visit Golf World Senior Writer Ryan Herrington's "Campus Insider" blog to find out the latest on http://www.golfdigest.com/magazine/blogs/campusinsider

Prugh Ties For 28th At Zurich Classic

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AVONDALE, La. -- Alex Prugh finished the Zurich Classic at -6 (282) overall on Sunday and tied for 28th. He earned $39,893 for his four days work and moved up to 33rd in the Fed Ex Cup standings.

Prugh had a wild final round that saw him card six birdies, six bogeys and six pars and end up with an even-par 72. He had four rounds of par or lower during the tournament (72-70-68-72).

Jason Bohn won the title after shooting 18-under 270, two shots better than Jeff Overton.

 

 

Prugh Tied For 20th At Zurich Classic

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AVONDALE, La. - The PGA Tour field at the Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana tried to play as much golf as possible on Saturday after lightning help postpone Friday's second round but ultimately most golfers were left on the course with much of the third round left to be played.

Former Husky All-American Alex Prugh made it through 14 holes before darkness caught up to him. He walked off the course tied for 20th at -5 overall through 50 holes. He was at 3-under in the third round.

The third round is set to resume on Sunday at 7:30 a.m. local time (5:30 a.m. PT). Jason Bohn is -12 overall for the tournament and has a three-stroke lead.

Prugh, Rest of PGA Field Halted

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Alex Prugh and the rest of the PGA Tour field will have to wait to complete the second round of the Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana due to a lightning storm that rolled through the area. Prugh was 3-under through 16 holes before the storm came though Avondale outside of New Orleans.

The field will resume tomorrow morning with several players needing to complete two full rounds.

Prugh Endures Roller-Coaster First Round

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AVONDALE, La. - To say Alex Prugh's day at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans on Thursday was like a roller coaster ride might be an understatement. He started the day on level ground, went up, went down, back up and eventually ended up right where he began.

Prugh started his day at TPC Louisiana with a bogey on No. 1 but headed in a different direction on the scorecard for the next 12 holes. He stayed bogey-free and birdied No. 2, 7, 11 and 13 to drop to -3. On No. 15 the tides turned and he bogeyed that hole plus 17 and 18 to end with an even-par 72.

Jason Bohn shot a first round 7-under 65 and has a two stroke lead over five others. Prugh is tied with 26 other golfers in 60th place.

Prugh will tee off for Friday's second round at 8:30 a.m. local time (6:30 a.m. PT) on the 10th tee.

 

 

Prugh In Zurich Classic Field

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AVONDALE, La. - Former Husky All-American Alex Prugh is competing in the PGA Tour's Zurich Classic this weekend at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La.

The Spokane native is scheduled to tee off from the No. 1 tee at 1:20 p.m. local time (11:20 a.m. PT). He is paired with Briny Baird and Harrison Frazar.

He enters this week 40th in the Fed-Ex Cup standings -- dropping six spots from 34th the previous week. Here is a sampling of some of the big names he is ahead of in the standings: Padraig Harrington (43), Sean O'Hair (44), Stewart Cink (46), Ryan Moore (47), Mike Weir (52), Zach Johnson (59), Vijay Singh (72) and Sergio Garcia (74).

And, in case you're wondering, Prugh is 174th in the PGA Tour official World Rankings. Some guy named Tiger is No. 1 followed by Phil Mickelson. 

Prugh on the Wrong Side of the Cutline at Verizon Tournament

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Former Husky All-American Alex Prugh shot a 2-over-par 73 in the second round of the Verizon Heritage tournament at Harbour Town Golf Links and missed the cut on Friday. Prugh was +3 overall and tied for 104th.

Prugh had a nice start to his round with a couple of early birdies, but suffered a stretch with three bogeys and a double-bogey before ending his day with a birdie.  He has now missed the cut in four of the last five events he has entered after starting the season by making the first six cuts.

Jim Furyk, Charles Howell III and Greg Owen are tied for the lead at 7-under 135.

Prugh One-Over After First Round At Verizon Heritage

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - Alex Prugh shot a 1-over-par 72 in the first round of the Verizon Heritage tournament at Harbour Town Golf Links and is tied for 77th. Prugh's round included three birdies and four bogeys at the 6,973-yard course at Hilton Head.

Prugh is in danger of missing the cut after making seven of 10 cuts so far this season. He is 35th in the Fed-Ex Cup Standings.

Prugh will tee off on Friday at 12:10 p.m. ET. from the 10th tee.

Men's Golf Leads At +1 After First Round

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Washington just wrapped up the rain-delayed first round of the U.S. Intercollegiate at Stanford Golf Course and has the lead at +1 overall. The field had to endure another rain delay this morning and several teams are still on the course, so Washington's lead is tenuous for the moment.

Nick Taylor and Darren Wallace each put up first round negative numbers. Taylor, the defending tournament champion, is 2-under, while Wallace, who finished runner up behind Taylor, is 1-under.

The competitors will try to get in 18 more holes today, so expect the leaderboard to fluxuate some more as teams come off and go back onto the course.

You can follow the Huskies and the rest of the field at Golfstat.com and return later this evening for a complete recap of how the Huskies fared in the first two rounds.

Men's Golf Rankings Released

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Wednesday means that updated NCAA golf rankings come out and the Washington Huskies found themselves in good standings.

The team is ranked No. 3 in two polls -- Golfstat.com and the NIKE/Golfworld rankings -- while they are fifth in the Golfweek rankings. In addition, Golfweek.com named Washington its team of the week after they rallied from 16 strokes down to win the ASU Thunderbird Invitational by two strokes.

Nick Taylor is ranked No. 2 by Golfstat and No. 10 by Golfweek in the individual rankings. Taylor can also boast that he is the No. 1 ranked amateur in the Scratch Players World Rankings. Richard Lee is 33rd and Chris Williams 56th in the Golfweek.com individual rankings.

The men leave Friday to the Bay Area to prepare for the US Intercollegiate.

Prugh Records Another Top-25 Finish

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Former Husky All-American Alex Prugh shot a 1-under-par 71 in the final round of the Houston Shell Open to earn his fourth top-25 PGA TOUR finish of the year. Prugh's 22nd place finish and $60,320 payday put him firmly into contention as the early favorite for Rookie of the Year honors.

The Spokane native was 5-under overall (70-66-76-71-283) and tied with two other golfers seven strokes behing Anthony Kim and Vaughn Taylor. Kim went on to win in a playoff.

Prugh is now 33rd in the Fed-Ex Cup standings and 36th in money earnings with $673,174.

Prugh Tied For 21st After Three Rounds In Houston

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HUMBLE, Texas - Alex Prugh entered the third round of the Shell Houston Open tied for second, but shot a 4-over-par 76 on Saturday and dropped into a tie for 21st. He will enter Sunday's final round at Redstone Golf Club six strokes behind Anthony Kim, who is 10-under 206 overall.

Prugh stayed even through seven holes before draining a birdie on No. 8. From there, it was a struggle for the former Husky All-American out of Spokane's Ferris High School. He would bogey the ninth hole, which set the table for four bogeys on the back nine.

Prugh will tee off at 10:42 a.m. local time for Sunday's final round.

Prugh Second After Two Rounds In Houston

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HUMBLE, Texas -- Husky grad Alex Prugh finds himself tied for second after two rounds of the Shell Houston Open and in prime position to earn his way into next week's Masters field. The Spokane native shot a 6-under-par 66 on Friday and is -8 (136) overall for the tournament being held at Redstone Golf Course outside of Houston.

Bryce Molder equaled Prugh's 66 and leads the tourney at 9-under-par overall. Their 66's are the best by any of the competitors through the first two days.

With the winner automatically qualifying for the Master's, Prugh came out and played spectacular golf. He teed off from the back nine and went 3-under on his first nine. Prugh added a birdie on No. 1 before he got into trouble on the third hole.

Off the tee on the 398-yard Par 4 he found the right rough and had to put his second shot just back onto the fairway. His third shot found the sand located to the right of the green and his pitch from there went 17-feet past the hole. He two putted from there and was forced to mark a double bogey on his scorecard.

Prugh bounced back valiantly from there and for the second-consecutive day made hay on four of the next five holes. Just like in the the first round, Prugh would birdie No. 4 and then No. 6 through 8.

 

Prugh Tied For 16th At Houston Open

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HUMBLE, Texas - Alex Prugh shot a first round 2-under-par 70 at the Shell Houston Open and is tied for 16th with 12 other golfers.

Prugh was 2-over after 12 holes before going on a birdie spree to get in the red. He birdied No. 4 (he teed off from the back nine) and then strung together three-straight birdies on No. 6, 7 and 8. The former Husky All-American drained a 16-foot putt on No. 4 and then was able to chip in from off the green on No. 7.

Cameron Percy and Kevin Stadler lead the field at Redstone Golf Course after each shooting a 5-under 67.

Prugh will tee off 9:10 a.m. local time from the 10th tee.

Alex Prugh Update

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Current PGA Tour pro and former Husky All-American Alex Prugh is playing in the Shell Houston Open at Redstone Golf Club starting today. He will tee off from the back nine at 11:00 a.m. PT.

Prugh has failed to make the cut at the last three PGA events this season, but is still 33rd in Fed-Ex Cup points with 347.

Follow Prugh's progress this weekend on PGATour.com.

Follow UW Golf In Match Play

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The Husky men's golf team (ranked 4th by Golfstat/6th by Golfweek.com) is on the course right now against Arkansas in the first round of the Calloway Collegiate Golf Match Play.

Head coach Matt Thurmond has a lineup of Nick Taylor, Richard Lee, Chris Williams, Charlie Hughes and Chris Killmer at Dove Mountain at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Course

UW leads in three of the five matches through the first nine holes. You can follow along live on Golfstat.com and keep up with all the action from Marana, Arizona.

Washington Third In Latest Golf World/Nike Poll

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The second Golf World/Nike Golf Division I Coaches' Poll of the spring season has been released, combining the resources of Golf World magazine, Nike Golf and the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) and Washington was third in the latest poll.

Oklahoma State remained the number one team in the poll, earning 19 of the 24 first-place votes. In seven tournament starts in 2009-10, the Cowboys have two victories and six top-five finishes.

Stanford, which received the remaining five first-place votes, and Washington, stayed in the No. 2 and 3 spots, while Texas jumped to No. 4 after winning the Puerto Rico Classic to start the spring. Florida rounds out the top-five.

Oregon cracked the top-10 at No. 7, after having won the USC Invitational. Clemson (No. 17) and North Florida (No. 25) moved into the top-25.

Visit Golf World Senior Writer Ryan Herrington's "Campus Insider" blog to find out the latest on collegiate golf: http://www.golfdigest.com/magazine/blogs/campusinsider.

Men's Golf Finishing Strong at Lexus Classic

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FRESNO, Calif. - The Husky men's golf team has stormed ahead of Pepperdine in the second round of the Lexus Classic on Monday evening.

Washington began its day slowly and was second place, eight strokes behind leader Pepperdine after the morning's first round. But, solid play that so far has four Huskies shooting 1-under through 15 holes and has them 4-under overall for the round. They passed by Pepperdine for a one shot lead.

Check back later on GoHuskies.com for the final results.

Prugh Tied For 29th Heading To Final Round of Honda Classic

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Alex Prugh is even par after three rounds of the Honda Classic taking place at the Palm Beach Garden Club in Florida and is tied for 29th. He shot a 1-under 69 on Saturday and 11 strokes behind clubhouse leader Camilo Villegas.

Prugh was 4-under after the first eight holes but was unable to maintain his momentum. He bogeyed holes nine, 12 and 15 to finish his day at -1.

Fans can follow Prugh on PGATour.com as he tees off at 11:32 a.m. ET on Sunday.

Prugh Makes Honda Classic Cut

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Once again, Alex Prugh will finish in the money for the sixth-consecutive time in a PGA Tour Event this year. The former Husky made the cut for the Honda Classic in Florida after shooting a 3-over par 73 on Friday. He is 1-over for the tournament and tied for 39th place.

Prugh is nine strokes behind leaders Camilo Villegas and Anthony Kim, who are tied at 8-under. He will tee off for the third round at 10:24 a.m. local time.

Fans can follow scoring live at PGATour.com.

Prugh Playing Well Again

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PALM BEACH GARDEN, Fla. - Alex Prugh continued his excellent run in his PGA Tour rookie season shooting a 2-under 68 in the first round of The Honda Classic on Thursday. His round put him in a 10-way tie for ninth, three strokes behind leaders Nathan Green and Michael Connell.

Prugh started his round from the back nine of the PGA National Champion course and stayed even through the first 11 holes before back-to-back birdies on No. 3 and 4 got him 2-under. He went on to bogey the Par-3 seventh hole, but bounced back with a birdie on No. 8.

Prugh will start the second round from No. 1 at 12:51 ET on Friday.

Follow the tournamanet live at PGATour.com.

Prugh Back In Action

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After a two week PGA Tour hiatus, Alex Prugh is back on the course this week. The former Husky is playing in the Honda Classic at the PGA National Resort and Spa course in Palm Beach, Fla., starting Thursday.

The Spokane native will tee off at 8:11 a.m. on tee No. 10 of the National Course. Follow all his shots on PGATour.com.

 

Quadruple Bogey Derails Prugh At AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

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MONTERREY, Calif. - Alex Prugh was rolling along in the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am at 3-under through the first 13 holes before a nine on the Par-5 14th hole sent him crashing back to earth.

Prugh entered Sunday's round tied for 15th after three rounds in the 60s, but ultimately finished tied for 27th at 7-under overall.

He was coming off three-consecutive top-10 tournament finishes that earned him over half a million dollars and left him 13th in the FedExCup standings. Sunday's effort netted him $41,269 and leaves him currently 14th in the season standings.

 

Alex Prugh Update

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Alex Prugh will be tied for 15th as he heads into the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on Sunday. He is 9-under 205 overall and nine strokes off the lead.

Prugh shot a 1-under 69 on the Monterrey Peninsula course that included four birdies and three bogeys.

Alex Prugh Tied For 17th at Pebble Beach

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Alex Prugh once again proved that no course is too tough for him as he shot a 4-under-par 68 in round one of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and sits in a tie for 17th with nine others.

Prugh had six birdies on the day that were tempered by two bogeys. Dustin Johnson is all alone in first place at 8-under.

Prugh tees off tomorrow morning from the No. 10 hole on the links course at 9:17 a.m.

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PGATour.com Features Alex Prugh

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When you start the PGA season as hot as Alex Prugh has someone outside of the state of Washington is bound to notice. Watching the television coverage of the past three events where Prugh has turned in two fifth place finishes and a 10th place finish, you wouldn't have much of an idea of what the Spokane-native looks like.

No matter. That is the way Prugh likes it. He loves to fly under the radar. As long as he keeps golfing the way he has, he seemingly has no problem deflecting the attention.

PGATour.com featured Prugh in a recent article and notes that the former Husky is starting to garner more attention and many will know his name before too long.

Prugh Makes Cut; Tees Off At Noon

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Prugh made his fourth cut of the season in four tournaments - this time the Northern Trust Open at the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles. He will tee off for the third round at noon today.

You can follow Prugh's progress at many sites, but quickly becoming my favorite is PGATour.com where not only do they have a leaderboard, but a Shot Tracker that has very thorough descriptions and pictures of player's progress.

Prugh is tied for 25th at 2-under. His progress has been nothing short of amazing this year. In case you missed it, the Seattle TImes had a nice feature on Alex this week.

Husky Golf Updates

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A couple notes from the morning:

--The Huskies had a 7:30 a.m. Hawai'i tee time, so scores should start rolling in. You can follow live at Golfstat.com. Washington enters the final round with a two-stroke lead and Nick Taylor is second, one stroke behind leader Kevin Tway.

--Alex Prugh's first round at the Northern Trust Open was halted due to darkness yesterday with 17 holes completed. He wrapped up his round with a par and finished even-par 71 on the day. He is 1-under in the early goings of the second round at the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles. Evidently, it is raining at the course, which should help out Prugh quite a bit.

 

Dawgs Tee Off in Hawai'i at 2:30 PT

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Just a reminder that the UW men's golf team starts their spring season today from Mauna Lani Resort in the Big Island Classic.

You can follow live scoring by clicking here.

An amazing field, according to Matt Thurmond, will be competing at the tournament hosted by Hawai'i-Hilo. "You'll see it, but it's just a loaded field and I expect us to play well. We have a lot of fun when we come over here. We also play really hard and we've always played pretty well."

The field will tee off at 12:30 in a shotgun start.

In other men's golf news, Washington's Alex Prugh is teeing off at 1:30 on Thursday for the Northern Trust Open at the Riviera Club in Los Angeles.

Prugh Continues His Impressive Play

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Out to prove that his week in the Bob Hope Classic was no fluke, Alex Prugh is tearing it up in the fist day at Farmer's Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.

He is currently tied for sixth at 5-under thru 12 holes. He is two strokes off the lead.

Follow all the action live at PGATour.com and return to /ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=30200&ATCLID=208220485 for a recap of his day.

 

Prugh, Rest of PGA Field Rained Out

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La Quinta, Calif. - The second round of the Bob Hope Classic at SilverRock Resort in La Quinta, Calif., was rained out on Thursday. Former Husky Alex Prugh is in second place overall, two strokes off the lead.

According to PGATour.com, the La Quinta area received just over one inch of rain last year and has over one feet of water on the fourth hole alone! The field will try again on Friday, but the PGA is fully prepared to play on Monday if necessary.

Check out video of Alex from PGATour.com after Wednesday's first round.

 

Taylor To Carry Olympic Torch

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Husky All-American golfer Nick Taylor has been selected to be an Olympic Torch Bearer for the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada.

The Abbotsford, B.C. native will carry the torch at 7 a.m. Feb. 7, for a 300-meter stretch in the British Columbia town of Merrit.

Roughly 12,000 torchbearers will  carry the torch as it moves through Canada.

For more, visit Golfweek.com.

UW Well-Represented At 75th Sports Star of the Year Awards

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With the demise of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer last winter, many wondered about the future of the annual Sports Star of the Year Awards.  After all, the event had been around since former P-I sports editor Royal Brougham started the awards in 1935.

However, the Sports Star of the Year Awards are alive and well and now is in its 75th year.

The Seattle Sports Commission and Seattle Children's Hospital have teamed up to continue the awards, which will take place on Jan. 19 at Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle.

For the first time voting will take place online. Visit www.seattlesports.org until Jan. 15 to vote. Winners will be announced at the event on Jan. 19. Tickets can be ordered here.

The UW's Jake Locker, Nick Taylor, Lorenzo Romar and the IRA national champion men's crew are nominees for the Male Sports Athlete of the Year.

On the women's side, Washington's Tamari Miyashiro, Kendra Schaaf and the NCAA national champion softball team are among the nominees.

Todd Dybas with SeattlePI.com wrote this great summary of this year's event.

Taylor Tops Latest SPWAR

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Add another notch in the Nick Taylor belt of accomplishments as he has risen to No. 1 in the Scratch Players World Amateur Rankings (SPWAR). Taylor ascended to the top when Rickie Fowler went pro this season.

SPWAR is the only world or national ranking of amateurs recognized, officially or otherwise, by any major amateur event in the country for purposes of exemptions and/or invitations into their events. Every major amateur event in the United States only recognizes the SPWAR except the USGA which does not currently recognize any amateur rankings.

Nick Taylor Recognized During UW-Cal Football Game

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In between the first and second quarters of the Washington-Cal football game, Nick Taylor was recognized on the field for his amazing accomplishments during the 2008-09 season. He received a standing ovation from a large portion of the 60,000 fans in attendance, probably the largest crowd Taylor has ever been in front of! Congrats Nick! Keep up the good work.

UW 6th in Final Fall Rankings by Golf World

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The final Golf World/Nike Golf Division I Coaches' Poll of the fall season has been released, combining the resources of Golf World magazine, Nike Golf and the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA). Washington was sixth in the final fall poll, dropping three spots from their initial ranking at No. 3.

The complete results, including results from Divisions II, III and the NAIA, will appear in the November 30 issue of Golf World and can be viewed online at www.golfworld.com beginning December 2.

Oklahoma State maintained its number one spot in the poll throughout the fall, earning 20 of the 24 first-place votes in the final edition. The Cowboys had the best winning percentage (.964) of any other school and went 31-2 against other top-25 opponents.

Rounding out the top-five are Stanford (No. 2), Arizona State (No. 3), Florida (No. 4) and Florida State (No. 5).

New to the top-10 after the final competitions this season are TCU (No. 7), Texas A&M (No. 8) and South Carolina (No. 9).

Augusta State (No. 11), Duke (No. 22), Virginia (No. 23) and San Diego State (No. 25) moved into the top-25.

Visit Golf World Senior Writer Ryan Herrington's "Campus Insider" blog to find out the latest on collegiate golf: http://www.golfdigest.com/magazine/blogs/campusinsider.

Taylor and Wallace Awards Ceremony Photo Gallery

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golf-center-taylor-wallace_4048.jpgPrior to kickoff for the Apple Cup, the Husky men's golf team held a small ceremony for family, friends and donors in which they presented Darren Wallace and Nick Taylor with their PING All-American placques and Taylor with the McCormack Medal -- an award given to the world's top amateur for the past three years.

A gather of around 80 people were there for the ceremony. Here is a photo gallery from the event:

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Lee and Taylor Update

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Richard Lee and Nick Taylor are almost halfway through their second round of 18 on the day at the Western Refining All-American Golf Classic from El Paso, Texas and Husky duo are near the top of the leaderboard.

Lee shot a 6-under par 65 in the first round and was tied for third, while Taylor shot a 2-under par 69.

Taylor has drawn even with Lee in the second round with three birdies on the first six holes amd they are tied for fourth (out of 32 competitors).

You can follow live on Golfstat.com by clicking here.

More on UW's Graduation Rates

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The NCAA released its annual report of graduation success rates among Division I instititions and, once again, the University of Washington showed it ranks second in the Pac-10 and second among all public institutions on the West Coast.  Washington's football federal graduation rate is just two percent shy of the rate for all Division I student-athletes.  For the complete story and links to the NCAA reports, visit this piece posted yesterday on GoHuskies.com.  The Associated Press also wrote a good story on the topic, which you can find here.

A couple of facts that were not widely reported included the graduation success rate (GSR) among football programs in the Pac-10.  Among scholarship athletes, the Huskies rate second in the league in both graduation success rate and the four-year rolling federal graduation rate average.  Below is a chart showing how the UW fares against league rivals.

 

School GSR Fed Rate
Stanford 89 85
Washington 69 61
California 64 57
Washington State 62 58
Arizona State 58 49
USC 58 52
Oregon State 57 43
UCLA 51 40
Oregon 49 45
Arizona 41 35

 

A couple of other key facts that the report revealed about the academic success of various UW sports programs:

 

? The graduation rate for UW scholarship student-athletes who exhausted their eligibility at the school during this reporting period was an impressive 90 percent.  A total of 503 student-athletes fit into this category.
? Six UW sports achieved a GSR of 100 percent:  Men's golf, women's basketball, women's golf, women's soccer, softball and women's tennis.
? 10 of the 18 sports calculated (men's crew is not a NCAA sport and track/cross country are counted as one sport. The discontinued swimming program is also included), achieved a GSR of 90 percent or better.

James Lepp Update

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The Huskies lone NCAA Men's Golf Champion James Lepp has retired from playing competitive golf but he has not left the sport totally behind.

He is the founder and president of Kikkor Golf, which is a golf apparel company that is producing shoes, shirts and hats geared toward the younger crowd. His company's motto is "Are you still wearing your Dad's shoes?" and the goal of his company is to reach the younger golf generation with fashions suitable to their tastes.

Currently, his company is based out of British Columbia and he expects his gear to be available in Spring 2010 to consumers.

He recently did an interview with Golfweek.com to discuss his new business. Click here to read the interview.

Washington Golf Center Featured By Golfweek.com

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Golfweek.com was in the region for the PING/Golfweek Invitational in late September and while visiting, Lance Ringler and Jared Clemons from the website visited the brand new Husky Golf Center in Bank of America Arena.

They spent the morning with men's coach Matt Thurmond and several of the players, including Nick Taylor, Chris Killmer and Darren Wallace. The guys showed them the facility and Golfweek.com captured the essence of the facility excellently.

Check out the video of the Golf Center by clicking here.

Husky Athletics Honors Scholarship Donors

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Recently, Washington Husky athletic department officials and student-athletes showed their appreciation to its scholarship donors at its annual luncheon in the Don James Center.  Husky student-athletes Victor Aiyewa and Danielle Lawrie presented thanks to the benefactors on behalf of all of the UW's scholarship student-athletes. 

Check out this great photo gallery from the event.

Women's soccer coach Lesle Gallimore gave a passionate speech that outlined the tremendous responsibility each coach accepts as they makes decisions on who and when to award athletic scholarships.

"As a coach I am entrusted with the task of awarding scholarships to young women whom my staff and I determine are worthy of your generosity," said Gallimore. "This is a responsibility that I do not take lightly. I have done nothing for the dollars that I am doling out. It is not my hard work that has made these scholarships possible and yet it is my duty to select people that will live up to their commitment of striving for athletic and academic excellence.

Alex Prugh Video Feature

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PGATOUR.com produced videos on all 25 Nationwide Tour members that earned their PGA Tour cards for the 2010 season. Former Husky All-American was one such golfer and here is a link to his video:

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A Few Husky-Related News & Notes Items

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Despite not having a Washington Husky football game, there are still a ton of athletics-related activities taking place this week.

? The Husky men's soccer team hosts Cal in a huge Pac-10 game Friday night at 7 p.m.  The Dawgs defeated the Bears 2-0 in Berkeley a couple of weeks ago, knocking Cal from its No. 4 national ranking!  A special promotion provides 4 tickets, 4 hot dogs and 4 sodas for just $25.  Call (206) 543-2200 for information.

? The Husky Ticket Office reports that approximately 64,000 tickets have been sold for the Nov. 28 Apple Cup game between rivals Washington and Washington State.  Tickets are available by calling (206) 543-2200 or through GoHuskies.com.

? Huskies All-Access is scheduled for eight airings on FSN Northwest this week, starting with Wednesday's debut at 7 p.m.  The show will also feature at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. that night, 12:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Thursday and at 12:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Friday.

? The nationally-ranked men's and women's cross country teams are participating in the Pac-10 Championships Saturday in Long Beach, Calif.  The No. 1 ranked women will be looking to win its second-straight title while the 13th ranked men are the third-highest ranked team in the league behind No. 1 Stanford and No. 2 Oregon.  Check out GoHuskies.com for complete coverage.

? The UW men's and women's golf teams are in action today.  The men are making a late run at the Isleworth Invitational, while the women are in the hunt at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown.

? Women's soccer is on the road at Oregon Friday night, while the volleyball team is playing at Arizona.  Live coverage of those events is available on GoHuskies.com.

Both Golf Teams On The Course

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Both the UW men's and women's golf teams are on the links today participating in tournament on opposite sides of the country.

The men are playing in the second round of the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational outside of Orlando. They are still trying to find their footing and are 14th out of 15 teams. You can follow them live on Golfstat.com by clicking here.

Meanwhile, the women are preparing to tee off for the first round of the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown at Boulder Creek Golf Club.  Junior Anya Alvarez is aiming for her third-straight top-10 finish and is currently ranked 12th in the latest Golfweek individual rankings. Follow the Dawgs from Las Vegas by clicking here.

Prugh 20th After Two Rounds of Nationwide Finale

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Husky alum Alex Prugh shot a 2-under par 70 in the third round of the Nationwide Tour Championship and is 4-under-par 212 overall and tied for 20th.

Prugh is 12 strokes behind leader Matt Every, who is tearing up the Daniel Island course in South Carolina. Seven golfers are at 10-under or better.

The top 25 money winners for the season earn their tour card for 2010. Prugh is currently 14th.

 

Prugh Battling For His PGA Tour Card

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Alex Prugh is 28th after two rounds of the Nationwide Tour Championship at Daniel Island, South Carolina. He shot a 4-under 68 on Friday and is 2-under overall.

The event is not only the final one of the season, but the most important one. On Sunday, 25 PGA TOUR cards for 2010 will be awarded to the Nationwide Tour's leading money winners. The leading money winner is fully exempt on the PGA TOUR in 2010 and earns a spot in THE PLAYERS Championship.

The other top-25 money winners are exempt on the PGA TOUR in 2010.

Currently, Prugh is 14th on the money list.

Click here to follow live scoring from South Carolina.

Huskies Ranked 3rd In Latest Golf World/Nike Golf Coaches Poll

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Washington dropped one spot from second to third in the latest Golf World / Nike Coaches Poll. Oklahoma State remains first, followed by Arizona State, which leap-frogged the Huskies despite finishing behind the UW at the PING/Golfweek Invitational.

Washington garnered 503 points, 28 behind ASU and 70 behind Oklahoma State. The Cowboys received 21 first-place votes, while the Sun Devils and Florida State each received one first-place vote.

Here's a look at the top 10:

1. Oklahoma State, (21) 573
2. Arizona State, (1) 531
3. Washington, 503
4. Florida State, (1) 457
5. Stanford, 440
6. Illinois, 413
7. Tennessee, 398
8. Florida, 380
9. USC, 350
10. Texas, 306

Troy Kelly Takes Second In Nationwide Tour Event

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Husky alum Troy Kelly capped an excellent weekend at the Nationwide Tour's Chattanooga Classic by shooting a 7-under 65 in the final round. Kelly finished alone in second place, one-stroke behind event winner Chris Baryla.
Kelly entered the final round tied for 13th and was able to jump up all the way to second thanks to a round that saw him convert eight birdie attempts and card only one bogey. He finished 18-under-par (69-67-69-65-270) to earn $65,000, his best result of 2009. Until this weekend, Kelly had only made three previous cuts in 16 events.

PING pong

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When Lance Ringler and crew came to town for the PING/Golfweek Invitational last month they expected to see all the competition happen on the golf course... little did they know that these collegiate athletes would compete to win no matter what the game. Check out this cool video of the 'other' tournaments played at Gold Mountain during the weekend!

 

Round 1 In The Books At Gold Mountain

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Hughes-Charlie1-GMtn-092709.jpgThe teams have finished round one of the PING/Golfweek Invitational and the host Washington Huskies were second overall out of 15 teams. The Dawgs were +7, 295 overall and five strokes behind round one leader Oklahoma State.

Nick Taylor was the top Husky in fifth place after shooting an even par 72. Darren Wallace was one stroke behind and tied for ninth, shooting a 1-over 73.

Charlie Hughes (pictured hitting at the green on No. 9) and Richard Lee are tied for 16th after each shooting a 3-over 75. Chris Williams was 7-over 79 after round one and tied for 58th.

Round 2 is currently underway. Results for round one and live scoring for round two can be found at the PING/Golfweek Invitational Tournament Central by clicking here.

UW Lineup Set For PING/Golfweek Invitational

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Husky head coach Matt Thurmond has set the lineup for the PING/Golfweek Invitational being held this weekend at Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton.

There are no surprises in that the three returning All-Americans -- Nick Taylor, Darren Wallace and Richard Lee -- are among the three in the lineup. Perhaps more surprising is that freshmen Chris Williams and Charlie Hughes are playing this weekend, despite the No. 3 ranked Huskies returning its top six players from last season.

The ascension of the freshmen into the mix attests to the strength of the Huskies this season. It will be interesting to see Thurmond juggle his 12-man roster, as he has said the group is his most talented collection of Huskies ever in his regime.

Tee times and more information about the tournament are available at the PING/Golfweek Invitational Tournament Central.

Golfweek Video Shoot of Husky Golf Center

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? PHOTO GALLERY OF VIDEO SHOOT

Golf-Center_1310.JPGThe Husky men's golf team got to show off their new golf center to Golfweek magazine and Golfweek.com on Friday. The website was in town taping a segment for their website.

Husky head coach Matt Thurmond and players Nick Taylor, Chris Killmer and Darren Wallace all helped out in the taping of the show. Killmer showed the crew around the practice area and all the gadgets that the team has to help improve their games. Taylor showed off the lounge upstairs, where player watch TV, play games, study and relax. Wallace showed the crew the lockers.

At the end, all of them played doubles ping pong. Once the filming was completed the guys and the crew embarked on a ping pong tournament. Stay tuned for the video in the upcoming weeks and be sure to check out the photo gallery of the film shoot.

Huskies Ranked No. 2 In Nike/Golf World Poll; Taylor Featured In Golf Week

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The first Nike/Golf World Coaches poll was released today and Washington is ranked No. 2. The poll combines the resources of Golf World magazine, Nike Golf and the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA). The complete results will appear in the September 28th issue  and can be viewed online now at www.golfworld.com

This is the second poll to come out recently, with Washington earning a pre-season No. 3 ranking in the Golf Week poll a few weeks back. Speaking of Golf Week magazine, the Huskies are featured today in their college notebook, including a large photo of Nick Taylor. Check out the article to see how the golf team spent the final moments of last Saturday's UW-USC football game.

The team is busy preparing for the PING/Golf Week Invitational at Gold Mountain in Bremerton, which starts on Saturday with a practice round. The teams will play two rounds on Sunday and conclude with a final round on Monday. GoHuskies.com will have a preview of the tournament, which is free to fans, sometime today.

UW Meets Media In Advance Of PING/Golf Week Invitational

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BREMERTON, Wash. - On Monday, Gold Mountain Golf Complex played host to media day in advance of the PING/Golf Week Invitational to be hosted by the University of Washington on Sunday, Sept. 26 and Monday, Sept. 27.

photo6-0921.jpgUW head coach Matt Thurmond, volunteer assistant coach Scott Alexander and the entire men's team were in front of the media contingent answering questions about last season, their expectations for 2009-10 and the upcoming tournament which features some of the top teams from around the nation.

In addition, the UW team, currently ranked No. 2 in Golfweek's preseason rankings, was between 36 holes for the day and used the noon press conference as a short break. They played 18 in the morning and were teeing off for another 18 after lunch. The later round was their last of five over the past week being used to determine the lineup for the upcoming weekend. Every player has an equal opportunity to crack the starting squad and it can be expected that at least one (and maybe all three) of the freshman will be playing.

The fact that freshmen are expected to crack the lineup should attest to the strength of the Huskies this season. The Huskies return all their top players from their squad that finished in the top five at the NCAA's last season, including three All-Americans.  The addition of the freshmen and the maturation of the upperclassmen should make the Huskies not only one of the most talented squads in the nation, but one of the deepest.

When asked whether this team is the best he's ever had in his nine years at Washington, Thurmond responded without hesitation, "No doubt."

Perhaps the biggest reason for the confident answer from Thurmond is the return of Nick Taylor. The All-American had a very busy summer that included an impressive showing at the U.S. Open, a runner-up finish at the U.S. Publinx and a victory at the Sahalee Championship.

Taylor will have plenty of star power around him this weekend, including his own All-American teammates Richard Lee and Darren Wallace. The Huskies will share the stage with defending NCAA Champion Matt Hill of North Carolina State and others among Golfweek's preseason top 10: No. 2 Morgan Hoffmann of Oklahoma State, No. 4 Bud Cauley of Alabama, No. 6 Peter Uihlein of Oklahoma State, No. 8 John Peterson of LSU and No. 10 Cameron Peck, a freshman at Texas A&M out of Olympia, Wash.

In addition, of Golfweek's preseason top-10 teams, five will challenge the 7,152-yard, par-72 Olympic Course at Gold Mountain. Leading the way is No. 2 Oklahoma State, No. 4 Texas A&M, No. 5 Arizona State and No. 9 Alabama. Also in the 15-team field are No. 12 Louisiana State, No. 14 Texas Christian, No. 16 USC, No. 23 Colorado State, No. 26 North Carolina State and No. 29 UNLV.

The field of 15 teams will have a practice round on Saturday and then play two rounds on Sunday, followed by the final on Monday. Live scoring from Golfstat.com, tee time pairings (not available quite yet), and more information can be found on GoHuskies.com's tournament central page.

Taylor Wins UW Intrasquad

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ROSLYN, Wash. - The Husky men's golf team competed in a 54-hole intrasquad tournament on Thursday at Suncadia on the Tumble Creek course. The tournament, affectionately dubbed the Steve Lane Invitational, has become an annual team-bonding competition.

Husky assistant coach Garrett Clegg phoned in the following results throughout the day.


7:00 pm

Nick Taylor wins the Husky intramural 54-hole tournament by shooting 1-under 212 for the three round tournament. Freshman Chris Williams was second at 2-over 215 and Jens Bracht was third at 5-over 218. Two freshman, Larry Iverson and Charlie Hughes, rounded out the top five at 6-over and 7-over, respectively.

Senior Richard Lee was 8-over while Pac-10 Champ Darren Wallace was 16-over, Chris Killmer 18-over and Ty Chambers 22-over.

5:20 pm

They are now through 45 holes and Taylor is even par, Williams 1-over and Hughes and Iverson right behing at 5-over. Lee is next at 6-over, followed by Bracht at 7-over. Killmer and Wallace are each 15-over and Chambers is 20-over. If you notice, behind Taylor are the three freshmen on the team.

4:00 pm

Through 36 holes Taylor leads the pack at even par overall. Williams is second at 2-over followed by Hughes and Bracht at 5-over. Lee and Iverson are each 6-over, with Wallace at 12-over, Killmer at 13-over and Chambers at 15-over. Hang in there guys...only 18 more to go!

2:33 pm

In the latest report, Nick Taylor is leading the way at even par overall, followed by Williams and Hughes at 1-over, Bracht at 2-over, Iverson at 5-over, Chambers and Lee at 6-over, Wallace 9-over and Killmer rounding out the scores at 11-over.

12:30 pm

After the first 18 holes, freshman Charlie Hughes led with a 2-under 69. Senior Nick Taylor and sophomore Jens Bracht were tied for second after shooting even-par 70.

Freshman Chris Williams and senior Richard Lee were tied for fifth at 2-over 73, followed by Chris Killmer at 4-over 75, Ty Chambers and Darren Wallace at 6-over 77, Larry Iverson at 7-over 78.

 

 

Huskies Competing In 54-Hole Intrasquad Marathon Today

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ROSLYN, Wash. - The Husky men's golf team is competing in a 54-hole intrasquad tournament today at Suncadia on the Tumble Creek course. The tournament, affectionately dubbed the Steve Lane Invitational, has become an annual team-bonding competition.

Husky assistant coach Garrett Clegg has been phoning in updates throughout the day.

5:20 pm

They are now through 45 holes and Taylor is even par, Williams 1-over and Hughes and Iverson right behing at 5-over. Lee is next at 6-over, followed by Bracht at 7-over. Killmer and Wallace are each 15-over and Chambers is 20-over. If you notice, behind Taylor are the three freshmen on the team.

4:00 pm

Through 36 holes Taylor leads the pack at even par overall. Williams is second at 2-over followed by Hughes and Bracht at 5-over. Lee and Iverson are each 6-over, with Wallace at 12-over, Killmer at 13-over and Chambers at 15-over. Hang in there guys...only 18 more to go!

2:33 pm

In the latest report, Nick Taylor is leading the way at even par overall, followed by Williams and Hughes at 1-over, Bracht at 2-over, Iverson at 5-over, Chambers and Lee at 6-over, Wallace 9-over and Killmer rounding out the scores at 11-over.

12:30 pm

After the first 18 holes, freshman Charlie Hughes led with a 2-under 69. Senior Nick Taylor and sophomore Jens Bracht were tied for second after shooting even-par 70.

Freshman Chris Williams and senior Richard Lee were tied for fifth at 2-over 73, followed by Chris Killmer at 4-over 75, Ty Chambers and Darren Wallace at 6-over 77, Larry Iverson at 7-over 78.

Please check back later for the latest updates and visit GoHuskies.com for a complete recap.

 

Nick Taylor On The Cover Of Golfweek Magazine

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college-preview_t600.jpgIn Golfweek's Sept. 12 issue, Nick Taylor shares the cover with NC State's Matt Hill. The magazine did a feature story titled Canadian Connection on the pair. Sorry, but there is no link to the story that I can find, you'll have to buy the issue. But, also inside, you'll find that Taylor is rated as the publication's No. 3 individual golfer, trailing only Hill and Oklahoma State's Morgan Hoffmann (click here for the complete list).

The magazine also picks Washington as their No. 3 team in their poll (click here). They rank Stanford as No.1 (a team that UW beat by 33 strokes at last season's Pac-10 Championships) and Oklahoma State as No. 2.

Also, senior Golfweek writer Ron Balicki picks Washington as his No. 1 team and Nick Taylor as his No. 1 golfer. Read about it here. FINALLY....someone with a little sense ;)

 

Lee and Taylor Set For U.S. Men's Amateur

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taylor2_USPubLinks-robert-walker.jpgStroke play begins on Monday for the 2009 USGA U.S. Amateur. Huskies Nick Taylor, the World's No. 1 ranked amateur, and Richard Lee are both in this year championship being held at the Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla.

Two courses will be used for the first two rounds of stroke play -- the Southern Hills Country Club course and Cedar Ridge Country Club course -- with each participant playing 18 holes at both courses over two days. Each is a par 70 track with just one par 5 on each of the nines. Southern Hills will play at 7,093 yard, while Cedar Ridge is slightly longer at 7,336 yards.

Lee will tee off on Monday at 12:35 pm PT at Cedar Ridge, while Taylor will tee off at 11:15 am PT about seven miles northwest at Southern Hills.

After two rounds of play, the top 64 players will advance to match play at the Southern Hills course from Wednesday through Sunday.

Husky head coach Matt Thurmond will be on site following both Lee and Taylor. He will be checking in for GoHuskies.com and provide some insight on the action.

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