Taylor, a 2010 UW graduate, was the only one of six Husky golfers to advance from the first stage round at San Juan Oaks Club.
HOLLISTER, Calif. — Former Washington Husky golfer Nick Taylor shot a 7-under 67 in the final round of the first stage of PGA Tour Q-School on Friday and advanced in his pursuit of earning his tour card. Taylor finished third at San Juan Oaks Club by shooting a 15-under 273 and will move on to the second qualifying stage in November.
Taylor, a 2010 UW graduate, was under par in all four rounds. Andrew Putnam of University Place also qualified with a 12-under 276.
The top 19 golfers from the region advanced to the second stage of qualifying.
Five other Huskies competed at the location and failed to advance. Zach Bixler (-8) ended up two strokes shy of the cutline. Also falling short were James Lepp (-4), who won the NCAA championship in 2005; Darren Wallace (-4), Brock Mackenzie (-3) and Joe Panzeri (-2).
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From sports-information reports