Pete Taylor, Wesleyan University
From 2008 to 2012, East Greenwich R.I. native Peter
Taylor was the epitome of Wesleyan University golf.
Beginning his career with a Second Team All-NESCAC honor along with
New England Division III all-star status as a freshman, Taylor
logged 14 of his 18 rounds during the 2008-09 year in the 70s and
had a stroke average of 77.5. That year, he was a three-season
athlete as he also risked his body on the ice as a member of the
hockey team, seeing action in 21 of 23 games and logging an
His last three athletic years were spent devoted to the links as he again was Second Team All-NESCAC as a sophomore while moving up from 10th as a freshman to seventh. With all 15 of his rounds in the 70s, he finished in the top-seven during the five invitationals he entered, including a tie for fourth among 86 entries during the fall Williams Invitational and a seventh-place effort among 105 players in the Duke Nelson Invite at Middlebury. His stroke average slimmed to 75.5.
Pete's junior year proved to be his most prosperous with a career-best 75.0 stroke average and medalist performances at the Trinity Invitational (in a field of 40) and the Duke Nelson (among 127 entrants). He also placed third in the NESCAC qualifier to gain First Team All-NESCAC laurels. He was named academic all-NESCAC for the first time, received Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) Division III Scholar All-America honors for a stroke average of 79 or better and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2. The 12-member Division III all-Northeast team sponsored by PING included Pete's name.
Pete concluded his four years with his fourth straight all-NESCAC honor, placing 11th for second-team laurels. He again was academic all-NESCAC and a GCAA Scholar All-American as his 14 rounds of play, 13 of which were in the 70s, resulted in a 75.3 stroke average. Pete was both all-New England by finishing 11th overall among 169 participants and all-New England Division III by virtue of his fourth-place performance among the small college entries during the New England Championship. He was second of 71 in the Trinity Invitational, second of 43 in the Williams Spring Opener, fourth of 53 at the Western New England Invitational and seventh of 118 at the Duke Nelson. The finishing touches on his career came at home in the Little Three Championship as he downed both his Amherst and Williams rivals during individual match play by a resounding 7 & 5 count.
Certainly the most consistent player in Wesleyan golf history since the founding of Division III nearly 40 years ago, Pete logged 54 of his 61 medal rounds in the 70s, with a pair of 70s and five rounds of 71 to his credit. His career average was a stellar 75.9.