Husky Golf Advances to NCAA Quarterfinals

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Junior Richard Lee birdied each of his final three holes to help the University of Washington men's golf team clinch a berth in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships at Inverness Course on Thursday.

Lee's two-under-par 69 was the best round of the tournament for a Husky and helped the team to a two-over-par 286, equaling the team's second round performance. For the tournament, Washington shot a 13-over-par 865, tying for third-place in the team standings with Arkansas and USC.

Oklahoma State finished the individual competition with a two-under-par 849 to earn the top seeding in tomorrow's match play competition. Arizona State finished second in the standings, giving the Pac-10 Conference three teams among the top four finishers.

Several teams will complete their final individual round on Thursday morning, following an early weather-related delay from Tuesday afternoon's round. The Huskies will face the Razorbacks at 4:45 a.m. (Pacific) in the newly-created head-to-head match play format that will determine the national team champion.

"The main goal was to make the top eight," said junior Darren Wallace. "Now we need to focus on match play. Throughout the year, we have had the goal of having the best round of the day out there. We didn't exactly accomplish that today, but we can't be too disappointed at having a chance at the championship."

Junior Nick Taylor, who shot a two-over-par 73 today, was Washington's top overall finisher. The Abbotsford, B.C. native finished the tournament at even-par 213. He registered an uncharacteristic four bogeys and two birdies during the round.

Lee shot one of the best rounds of the day among the 156-player field and finished a plus-three in the tournament. He started the day in 44th place, but made-up ground with six birdies during the round. The Bellevue, Wash. native also recorded two double-bogeys, one of which, at No. 6, came immediately prior to his three-birdie run to end the round. Lee completed his round with a 20-foot downhill putt for birdie on No. 9.

Juniors Darren Wallace and Chris Killmer each shot one-over-par 71 today, while Tze Huang Choo shot five-over-par 76. Wallace joined Lee among the top-30 in the field with a plus-three for the tournament. Killmer finished at seven-over-par, while Choo completed the tournament at plus-16.

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