Former Washington star Nick Taylor and Seattle’s Jeff Gove finished tied for 11th and tied for 15th, respectively, at the Tour Qualifying Tournament after Tuesday’s sixth and final round at La Quinta, Calif.

By finishing between 11th and 45th, Taylor and Gove are exempt for the first eight Tour events before a re-ranking is done based on early-season performance.

Taylor was once the top-ranked amateur in the world and in 2010 won the Hogan Award, college golf’s equivalent of the Heisman Trophy. He played on the Canadian Tour this past year.

Gove played last year on the PGA Tour, but did not retain his Tour card.

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Zack Fischer won the event with a 31-under 429. Taylor was at 19 under and Gove at 17 under.

Kevin Penner of Sammamish finished tied for 110th.


Branden Troock had two goals and an assist and Alexander Delnov had three assists as the Seattle Thunderbirds skated to a 5-2 victory over Tri-City.

Joshua Winquist had two goals to lead Everett to a 4-2 victory in Portland.

Patrick Simon scored 18 points to lead the 14th-ranked Seattle Pacific men to a 91-54 win over Northwest Christian.

Richard Woodworth scored 21 and Anye Turner had 20 rebounds as Western Washington (8-0) rolled past British Columbia’s Thompson Rivers, 99-74.

• Washington State had sold 4,450 tickets for Saturday’s appearance in the New Mexico Bowl as of late Tuesday. Athletic director Bill Moos estimated earlier that WSU would need to sell about 5,000 seats, at $25 and $40, to meet an obligation of $150,000 to the bowl.

• WSU started a national search to replace women’s soccer coach Keidane McAlpine. McAlpine, who led WSU to two straight NCAA tournament appearances, was hired by USC.

• Whitman women’s basketball coach, Michelle Ferenz, a former Auburn High and Highline CC player, set the school’s all-time wins record with her 179th in a 78-65 win over Eastern Oregon.

From sports-information reports.