Washington to Compete in The Prestige at Palm Desert Nov. 6-7

Nov. 2, 2000

COMING UP: The Washington men's golf team will travel to Palm Desert, Calif. next week to compete in The Prestige at Palm Desert, Monday-Tuesday, Nov. 6-7 at the Desert Willow Golf Resort. The 54-hole tournament will begin Monday with the first 36 holes and will conclude with the final round on Tuesday. The tournament will be co-hosted by UC-Davis and Stanford and will include some of the nation's premier golf schools that are also among the nation's most elite academic institutions. The Prestige will be the Huskies' final tournament of the fall.

THE FIELD: The field for the 15-team Prestige includes seven teams ranked in Golfweek's top-50, headed by eighth-ranked Northwestern. Washington is ranked 27th in this week's Golfweek top-50, moving up 17 spots after a third-place finish at The Nelson Invitational at Stanford. Stanford and UC-Davis will co-host The Prestige. The field (ranking) consists of Stanford (30), UC-Davis, UCLA (35), UC-Irvine, UC-San Diego, Colorado, Oregon (32), Washington (27), Northwestern (8), Pepperdine (37), Pacific, Rice, Yale, and Vanderbilt (43).

LAST TIME OUT: The Washington men's golf team stormed back in the final round to finish in third place at the Nelson Invitational at Stanford Oct. 27-29. The Huskies used a pair of 70s by Brock Mackenzie and Conner Robbins to card a final round one-under 283 to move up from sixth to third, finishing with 869. Duke won the tournament with 862, four shots ahead of second-place North Carolina State. Junior Gordy Scutt and freshman Corey Prugh led Washington with 3-over 216s to tie for 13th place. Scutt fired a one-over 72 and Prugh an even-par 71 in the final round. Mackenzie and Robbins moved into 20th place as a result of their 70s as each carded a six-over 219 for the weekend. Steve Sokol of Florida Southern overtook Duke's Leif Olson with a seven-under 64 in the final round, winning medalist honors by three shots.

HEAD COACH O.D. VINCENT: In just five full seasons as the head coach of Washington men's golf, O.D. Vincent has become the winningest golf coach in school history. In 1999, he shared the Pac-10 Golf Coach of the Year Honors with Arizona State's Randy Levin after leading the Huskies to a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. In September, Vincent was elevated to the position of Director of Golf for the Huskies. In addition to directing the Husky men's program, he will now take on more responsibilities for both Washington's men's and women's programs. As Director of Golf, Vincent will direct all aspects of the men's program, including fundraising, recruiting, public and external relations, budget management, player development, equipment management, scheduling, scholarships, academic services, rules compliance and staff management. He will assist and advise the Husky women's program with fundraising efforts, public and external relations and recruiting. Vincent will organize and supervise all aspects of Washington's men's and women's golf invitationals and postseason competition. In 1999, Vincent was named National Coach of the Year by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA), for his outstanding accomplishments and achievements during the 1999 season. Vincent received the Dave Williams Award as coach of the year at the GCAA National Awards Banquet, Feb. 3 in Orlando, Fla. Vincent was selected for the 23rdannual award, named after the legendary University of Houston coach, in a vote by his Division I coaching peers. Vincent graduated from UW in 1991 with a degree in sociology, and was one of Washington's most decorated golfers. Vincent captured medalist honors at the 1988 Pac-10 Championships, and led the Huskies to the team title. Following a brief professional career, Vincent joined the UW staff in 1994 as a volunteer assistant before being named head coach prior to the 1995-96 season.

Husky Bio Updates

Troy Kelly
Began his junior year with a 37th place finish in the Husky Invitational...carded a 4-over 76 in each of the first two rounds before shooting a 77 on the final day...did not compete in the Red River Classic or the Nelson Invitational.

Brock Mackenzie
The freshman had a great outing in his first tournament as a Husky, turning in a 10th-place finish at the Husky Invitational...shot an opening round even-par 72 to put him in fifth place after day one...started the round at five over after his first six holes before finishing the round at 1-under for the final 12 holes...went on to card a three-day total of 221 for the second-best Husky score in the tournament...also started off fast at the Red River Classic, shooting a 1-over 73 in the first round...finished the tournament in 66th place with a score of 226...finished in a tie for 20th with teammate Conner Robbins at the Nelson Invitational at Stanford...was one of three freshman that led Washington to a third-place showing at the Nelson...fired a one-under 70 on the final day to move up from 41st to 20th...finished with six-over 219...final-round 70 was his best-round of the season

Dan Potter
Tied for 44th with a three-day total score of 233 at the Husky Invitational, the first tournament of his career...showed improvement throughout the weekend, posting a first round-79, a second round-78 and a 4-over 76 in the final round...did not compete in the Red River Classic...one of three freshmen to compete at the Nelson Invitational at Stanford...finished in 76th with a 231.

Corey Prugh
One of four Husky freshmen that has competed in the fall...led the Huskies to a third place finish at the Nelson Invitational at Stanford, tying teammate Gordy Scutt for 13th place...fired a first round one-under 70 to place in seventh after 18 holes...the 70 was his best round of the fall...shot even par on the final day to finish at three-over 216...tied for 49th with teammate John Robertson at the Red River Classic...impressive first round as a Husky, firing an even-par 72, one of three Huskies to shoot even par for the day...finished with a 74 and 75 in the final two rounds, respectively...did not compete at the Husky Invitational.

Joey Ramos
Tied for 1st in the Husky Invitational, his first collegiate tournament...shot a 76 in the first round before firing a 2-under 70 in the second round and a 1-under 71 in the final round to move into the lead...lost to Oregon's John Ellis in a one-hole playoff...finished the tournament with a 1-over par score of 217...his final two-round score of 141 was three-under par and best among all golfers...followed up that performance with the second-best Husky score in the Red River Classic, carding a three-day total of 219, good for 34th place...fired an opening-round one-under 71 before topping that with a 4-under 68 in the second round, the best round of any Husky this season...was in 11th place heading into the final round at 5-under before shooting an 80 to finish with a score of 219...did not compete at the Nelson Invitational.

John Robertson
Fired an even-par 72 in the first round of the Red River Classic, his best round this fall...followed that up with a 1-over 73 on his way to a 49th place tie with teammate Corey Prugh...improved vastly in the final round of the Husky Invitational, shooting a 2-under 70 after carding an 80 and 81 in the first two rounds...the 70 was his best round of the fall and the second-best of any Husky thus far...finished the Husky Invitational with a three-day total of 231, placing him in 43rd...did not compete at the Nelson Invitational.

Conner Robbins
Finished in a tie for 20th at the Stanford Invitational, his first tournament of the season...fired a final-round 70 to finish in a tie with teammate Brock Mackenzie with six-over 219...opened the tournament with an even-par 71, putting him in 16th after one round...overcame a second-round 78 to lead the Huskies on the final day to a third- place finish...did not compete at the Husky Invitational or the Red River Classic.

Gordy Scutt
Leads the Huskies with a 72.55 stroke average..top Husky performer at the Stanford Invitational along with Corey Prugh...finished in a tie for 13th...fired a first-round 70, matching his season best, to finish the first 18 holes in sixth place...shot a one-over final round 72 to finish at three-over 216...also led the Huskies at the Red River Classic finishing play at 1-over par 215 to tie for 20th...one of three Husky players who shot an even-par 72 in the first round putting Washington in third place after one day...bested that score with a 2-under 70 in the second round, his best round of the fall and second-highest round on the squad...turned in a strong performance at the Husky Invitational, carding a three-day total of 222 to finish in a tie for 13th...shot a 75 in each of the first two rounds before finishing strong with an even-par 72 on the final day to move up five spots into 13th.

Tournament Summary

Husky Invitational
Washington, led by the play of freshman Joey Ramos, finished in third place at the Husky Invitational, the only tournament the Huskies will host this year. Washington moved up two spots on the final day at Trophy Lake to claim third place with a score of 1,115. Ramos finished in a tie for first with Oregon's John Ellis, who later beat Ramos in a one-hole playoff to claim medalist honors. Both golfers finished the tournament with one-over par scores of 217. Ramos posted a final-round score of 71 to lead the Huskies. His final two-day score of 141 was three-under par and best among all golfers. He shot a 76 during the first round of play, but rallied to knock six strokes off that score in the second round in which 36 holes were played. Fellow freshman Brock Mackenzie tied for 10th with a score of 221 and Gordy Scutt finished right behind him with 222 to tie for 13th. The Huskies shot a 364 on the final day to post the best team score for the final 18 holes. That mark also tied for the best 18-hole mark of the tournament.

Red River Classic
The Husky men's golf team finished in 11th place at the Red River Classic in Dallas, Texas. Washington was in third place after the first round after shooting a one-under par 287. They topped that score in the second round with a 285, but slipped to eighth after 36 holes and fell to 11th after a final day score of 301. Gordy Scutt turned in the top Husky performance, finishing play with a one-over par 215 to tie for 20th place. Freshman Joey Ramos, who was tied for 11th place entering the final 18 holes of play at five-under par, shot an 80 on the final day to place 34th in the tournament. USC took the overall title, finishing with a two-day total of 848, three strokes better than runner-up Texas Christian. Texas took third-place a score of 853. Top-individual honors went to USC's Hunter Mahan, who posted a score of 204, 12 strokes below par. Arkansas' Craig Lile, who led after both the first and second rounds, shot a 71 to place one stroke behind Mahan.

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