ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- No matter what happens the rest of the way in the NCAA Golf Championships, Augusta State golfers Vaughn Taylor and Robert Duck are expected to be named to some kind of NCAA All-American team next week.
Earlier this week, Taylor and Duck were among the 12 players nominated for All-American consideration from the 38-team District III North.
Only golfers nominated by their district for All-American honors -- along with anyone who finishes in the top 15 in the NCAA Championships -- are eligible for national All-American honors.
After this tournament, the nine-player first-, second- and third team All-American teams will be announced, along with honorable mentions. The first three All-American teams will consist of nine players each.
"Vaughn and Robert certainly have a very good shot at being on one of the All-American teams," Augusta coach Jim Kelson said. "How they play in this tournament is going to be a huge factor in how they end up."
In Wednesday's first round, Taylor shot 72 and Duck 73.
"Unless Vaughn shoots 90, he has a shot to make the second team," Kelson said Wednesday.
"I'm trying not to think about it," Taylor said. "I know if I keep on playing well, I'll have a good chance. It's been my goal all year to be an All-American. I have to go out there and have a real good day tomorrow."
Taylor, a senior captain from Augusta, leads the Jaguars this season with a 71.65 stroke average, the lowest stroke average in school history. He won two individual titles this year and finished in the top 20 in every event but one.
"When I started recruiting him, not a whole lot of people were knocking down his door," Kelson said. "At the time, I'd heard a lot of good things about him and the young man has a terrific golf swing. He's had a great career at Augusta State.
Duck, a freshman from North Hamptonshire, England, has the second-best scoring average on the team at 72.19. He already has been named to the Britain-Ireland Palmer Cup team that will take on the United States in October in Scotland.
"When I recruit players, I tell their parents if a freshman averages 74, he's one of the best freshman in the country," Kelson said. "To average 72.19, as Robert did, he's one of the top 10 in the country. Robert possesses both a golf and social maturity that far exceeds his 20 years. That's a big asset for both Robert and this team.
Kyle Voska of Miami of Ohio, one of three golfers tied for the individual lead at 67, ripped off five straight birdies in his round, starting on No. 5.
"I thought I might birdie six in a row because No. 10 is an easy par-5," Voska said.
After shooting 5-under-par 31 on the front nine, Voska came back with a 36 that included a 30-foot birdie putt on No. 18.
"I didn't play that well in the practice rounds," said Voska, a native of Cincinnati. "This course is totally different from anything I've played before. I've never played in the desert. I would have been happy with a 70 or 71."
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