Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 11/18/14
Golf Pro: Nick Taylor

Born: April 17, 1988, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Nationality: Canada
College: University of Washington
Turned professional: 2010

Nick Taylor is one of the new breed of Canadian golfers that have followed in the footsteps of Dave Barr, Jim Rutledge and Jim Nelford just to name a few. He was born on April 17, 1988 win Winnipeg Manitoba but he grew up in Abbotsford, British Columbia and honed his craft at the Ledgeview Golf and Country Club.

Taylor was able to make a huge splash early in his golf life – he placed 16th at the 2005 Callaway Junior World Championship and also finished third at 2005 Canadian Junior Championship. In 2007 he won the Canadian Amateur Championship and advanced to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Amateur Championship while attending the University of Washington in Seattle.

In 2008 Taylor placed 2nd in the 2008 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships and finished 10th at the 2008 U.S. Amateur Championship.

Taylor’s first exposure to the PGA TOUR happened during his amazing 2008 season when he qualified for the U.S. Open but missed the cut in that tournament.

That year, as an amateur he played in the RBC Canadian Open and finished tied for 53rd.

In 2009, Taylor qualified for the U.S. Open again but this time he made the most of his opportunity finishing tied for 36th and setting the record for lowest score by an amateur in major’s history when he shot a 65 in the second round.

Nick Taylor - Northwest Athlete Profile

On June 14, 2009, Taylor would reach Number one in the World Amateur Golf Ranking and he would remain there for 20 weeks. In September 2009, he won the Mark H. McCormack Medal for being on top of the World Amateur Golf Ranking after the U.S. Amateur.

Taylor turned Pro in 2010.

In 2011 Nick received a sponsor’s exemption into six Canadian Tour events.  He played in seven events when it was all said and done and won over $15,000. With two top 10 finishes.

Amateur wins (3):

2006 Canadian Junior Champion
2007 Canadian Amateur Championship
2009 Sahalee Players Championship

Other accomplishments:

Recipient of the 2010 Ben Hogan Award
Runner-up, 2009 U.S. Amateur Public Links[5]
Number one, World Amateur Golf Ranking, June 14, 2009, for 20 weeks
Lowest Amateur, 2009 U.S. Open Golf Championship
Placed 2nd in the 2008 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships
Placed 10th a the 2008 U.S. Amateur Championship
2008 National Men’s Order of Merit
Royal Canadian Golf Association National Amateur Team member
Advanced to quarterfinals of 2007 U.S. Amateur Championship
Advanced to match-play quarterfinal of the 2006 Canadian Men’s Amateur
Placed 20th at Toyota Junior World Golf Championship
Placed 16th at the 2005 Callaway Junior World Championship
Placed third at 2005 Canadian Junior Championship

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