Nick Taylor

Nick Taylor

Taylor passes first-stage test, advances to U.S. Open sectional qualifying

Abbotsford golfer Nick Taylor made his way safely through the local qualifying round for the U.S. Open on Monday.

Abbotsford golfer Nick Taylor made his way safely through the local qualifying round for the U.S. Open on Monday.

Taylor shot a three-under 68 and Bellingham Golf and Country Club to finish tied for third in a field of 111 golfers. The top seven punched their ticket to sectional qualifying.

Taylor, a PGA Tour Canada (formerly known as the Canadian Tour) regular, has qualified for the U.S. Open twice before – he missed the cut in 2008 at Torrey Pines in San Diego, and in 2009 he finished tied for 36th at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y.