Men’s golfer wins Helen Stephens Award at William Woods

Julian Taylor
Julian Taylor

William Woods University men’s golfer Julian Taylor recently received the Helen Stephens Award for his success in the classroom and on the golf course.

The award is given annually to an outstanding junior athlete who has achieved excellence in both the classroom and in the area of intercollegiate athletics.

The student must demonstrate the talent, discipline and desire that best describes the legacy of Olympic Gold Medalist and William Woods alumna, Helen Stephens.

Since his arrival in 2011, Taylor, a York, England, native, has accumulated numerous awards. He is a two-time All-American and a recipient of the Phil Mickelson award, which is given to the Freshman of the Year.

He also is a three-time American Midwest Conference Player of the Year and the 2012-13 NAIA Golfstat Player of the Year. His accolades continue, as Taylor holds numerous single season, school and course records, while also being named AMC and NAIA Player of the Week numerous times.

A math major, Taylor holds a 3.64 grade-point average, which has earned him CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) Academic All-America honors, as well as being named an NAIA Scholar-Athlete.