Player: Troy Taylor II

Troy Taylor II
Hometown: Westerville
University: Michigan State University
Graduation Year: 2023
Area of Study: Advertising Manangement/Communications
Soldier Honored: Gabriel G DeRoo

SUMMER 2022: Qualified to play in the U.S. Amateur at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J. … Competed in the John Shippen National Invitational at Detroit Golf Club in June, tying for fifth place at 3-under par 141 and finishing as the low amateur … Runner-up at the Ohio Amateur, finishing with a 15-under par 269 … Won the Columbus (Ohio) District Golf Association Amateur

SENIOR (2021-22): Named to the Black College Golf Coaches Association All-America team ... An Academic All-Big Ten selection ... A Golf Coaches Association of America All-American Scholar ... Finished fourth on the team in scoring average at 72.59 ... One of four players to appear in all 13 events and 37 rounds ... Won his first collegiate event, sharing medalist honors with James Piot at the Island Resort Intercollegiate at 7-under par 209 (69-70-70) ... Posted two top-10 finishes and four among the top-20 ... Was the team's top finisher in two events ... Tied for 10th place at the Gopher Invitational at 3-under par 210 (67-74-70) ... Best 54-hole score was an 8-under par 208 (72-68-68) at the Puerto Rico Classic, where he tied for 22nd place ... Tied for 52nd place at the Big Ten Championships at 17-over par 233 (71-83-79) ... Tied for 47th place at the NCAA Bryan Regional at 9-over par 225 (71-78-76).

SUMMER 2021: Competed in the inaugural John Shippen National Invitational at Detroit Golf Club in June, alongside fellow Spartan Andrew Walker, where he tied for 14th place at 4-over-par 148.

JUNIOR (Spring 2021): Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten … Led the Spartans at the Git-R-Done Invitational with a second-place finish of 5-under-par 208 (70-68-70) and a tie for his career best 18-hole performance in the second round … Ranked third on the team with a 73.9 scoring average ... Tied for 12th at the Spartan Collegiate at Sea Island, which included a second-round 3-under-par 69 ... His 2-under-par 214 led all Spartans at the event ... Tied for 17th place the next time out at the Tar Heel Intercollegiate with an even-par 216.

SOPHOMORE (2019-20): Academic All-Big Ten … Had two top-10 finishes and three in the top 20 … Ranked third on the team with a 73.9 scoring average … Tied for eighth place at the Island Resort Intercollegiate with a 2-under-par 214 (73-72-69) … Shot a season best 2-under-par 211 (69-70-72) to lead MSU and tie for ninth place at the Fighting Irish Classic.

FRESHMAN (2018-19): Recorded a 73.57 scoring average, which was third best on the team … One of three players on the team – and the only freshman – to play every round of every tournament … Turned in his best performance of the season at the NCAA Pullman Regional with an even-par 210 (69-73-68) … Placed 18th in the season-opening Gopher Invitational with an even-par 216 (70-69-77) … His best finish of the season was tying for 17th place at the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate with a 2-over-par 146 (73-73) … Was the Spartans’ top finisher at the Fighting Irish Classic in the fall, tying for 21st place at 3-under-par 210 (68-73-69) … Had six rounds in the 60s.

HIGH SCHOOL: Earned first-team all-central district and academic All-State honors as a senior … Made three straight cuts at the Junior PGA Championship (2015-17) … Took second place in the 2017 AJGA Memorial Tournament … Placed fifth at the AJGA Junior at Forest Lake in 2017 … 2017 Central Ohio High School Boys Golfer of the Year … Named the Central District Player of the Year as a sophomore … Earned first-team All-State accolades as a junior in 2017 … Four-time first-team all-district honoree … Four-year varsity team MVP … Captained Westerville South as a junior and senior … Helped lead Westerville South to a fifth-place finish in the state tournament as a junior … Had five top-10 finishes in AJGA events.

PERSONAL: Son of Troy Sr. and Sheila … Born April 13, 2000 … Father played basketball at Ohio State from 1981-85 … Lists his father as his biggest golf influence because he taught him the game when he was 3 years old … majoring in business.