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Huskies, Stanley fall back amid bad weather in NCAA’s third round

Post by Todd Milles / The News Tribune on May 30, 2008 at 6:42 pm with No Comments »
May 30, 2008 6:42 pm

NCAA MEN’S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS
at Kampen Course, West Lafayette, Ind.
7,450 yards, par 72

UW team finish: 19-over 307. The third round was
suspended due to lightning storms, but the Huskies sit ninth at 38-over
902, and are expected to make the 15-school cut.

UW individuals:
Nick Taylor (73)
Zach Bixler (76)
Tze Huang Choo (77)
Darren Wallace (81)
* John Wise (82)

Taylor moved up one spot, and is tied with Clemson’s Kyle Stanley in
second place at 2-under 214. The Northwest duo trails UCLA’s Kevin
Chappell (210) by four strokes. Other Huskies include Bixler (227, tied
for 43rd), Choo (232, tied for 85th), Wallace (236, tied for 120th) and
Wise (238, tied for 130th).

Taylor’s round: By far, golfers faced the biggest
gusts of the week. That wasn’t the worst of it. Lightning affected
afternoon rounds, suspending them until Saturday morning, and the area
was under tornado surveillance. Meanwhile, Taylor hit 13 of the 14
fairways, and was 5-under for the tournament at one point when he
chipped in for birdie on the par-5 16th (his seventh hole).
Back-to-back bogeys on the following holes set him back, and the wind
kicked up over his final nine holes (another bogey on No. 5).

Taylor’s comments: “I had some birdie putts on the
back nine (Nos. 1 thru 9), but just didn’t make them. It was tough to
make them with the wind. (The wind) affected the shots the whole day,
but the last eight or nine holes, it started to affect putts. It was
tough to judge if there was a gust.”

Hole of the day: The 481-yard, par-4 ninth is one
of the meanest holes in NCAA golf, and on Friday, it played into the
wind. On the brink of the cut line, the Huskies needed to keep their
position, and made four pars on that hole.

* Wise’s round did not count toward team total.

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