Oregon eliminates Huskies in men's golf quarterfinals
The Washington men's golf season came to an abrupt end Friday when Oregon outdueled the Huskies 3-2 in the quarterfinals of match play at the NCAA Championships.
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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The Washington men's golf season came to an abrupt end Friday when Oregon outdueled the Huskies 3-2 in the quarterfinals of match play at the NCAA Championships.
The seesaw battle at The Honors Course was tied at two matches apiece and came down to the final pairing of Ben Hogan Award winner Nick Taylor and Eugene Wong. The pair not only shared co-Pac-10 player-of-the-year honors but grew up together playing junior golf in British Columbia. Wong held a one-stroke lead entering the final hole and both golfers carded a par on No. 18 to clinch the match for the Ducks.
"We certainly didn't give it to them," Huskies coach Matt Thurmond said. "It was a great match and Nick played really well, it's just that Eugene never made a mistake. ... They made one more shot than we did."
The Huskies were able to get wins by national freshman of the year Chris Williams and Darren Wallace.
The loss means the UW careers are over for Taylor, Wallace, Richard Lee and Chris Killmer, who did not compete in Tennessee. The group was part of the first back-to-back Pac-10 championship squads and the first team to win at the NCAA regional.
On Saturday, the fifth-seeded Ducks will face top seed Oklahoma State, which cruised to a 4-1 win over Stanford. No. 2 Florida State defeated No. 7 Texas Tech 4-1 and will meet No. 6 Augusta State, a 3-2 winner over No. 3 Georgia Tech.
Compiled from UW sports information and The Associated Press.
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