Men's Golf Heads to Hawaii, Feb. 15-17

Feb. 8, 2001

THIS WEEK: The Washington men's golf team heads to Hawaii to compete in the Waikoloa Invitational at Waikoloa Beach and Kings in Hilo, Feb. 15-17. The Huskies will look to improve upon their 17th-place finish at the Ping Intercollegiate last week in Arizona. The 54-hole tournament will begin Thursday, Feb. 15 and will conclude Saturday, Feb. 17 with 18 holes being played starting at 7 a.m. on each of the three days. Washington finished last year's tournament in 15th place. Georgia Tech claimed the 2000 team title led by Bryce Molder and Matt Kuchar who tied for medalist honors.

THE FIELD: The 24-team field includes 14 teams currently ranked in Golfweek's top 50 and five in the top 15. The tournament is hosted by the University of Hawaii. Defending tournament-champion and second-ranked Georgia Tech highlights the field along with fourth-ranked Texas. Washington is ranked 48th in the first Golfweek ranking of the spring season. The field includes (ranking): Arizona State (38), BYU (15), Georgia Tech (2), Nagoya University of Commerce, Oregon State, Pepperdine (28), San Diego State (12), Southern Methodist (33), Texas A&M, Texas Christian (19), Arkansas, UC-Bakersfield, UCLA (49), UC-Santa Barbara, Hawaii-Hilo, Hawaii-Manoa, Nevada (41), Oklahoma (21), Oregon (37), Rhode Island, San Francisco, Southern California (10), Texas (4) and Washington (48).

LAST TIME OUT: The University of Washington men's golf team opened the 2001 spring season with a 17th place showing at the Ping-Arizona Intercollegiate, Jan. 29-30. The Huskies finished with a three-day total score of 898 over the par-71, 6776-yard course at The Raven at Sabino Springs. Washington posted a 6-over 290 second-round score, sneaking into 13th place heading into the final round. The Huskies fired their worst round of the tournament in the final round, however, dropping them into 17th place. The young Husky lineup was led by two sophomores, Derek Berg and Conner Robbins, who both finished the tournament at 12-over 225. Junior Gordy Scutt and another sophomore, John Robertson, had impressive second-round scores in leading the Huskies to their best round of the tournament. Scutt shot an even-par 71, while Robertson fired a 1-under 70 as each finished at 13-over 226. USC dominated the 20-team field, carding a third-straight round under par to win the event by 22 strokes. The Trojans finished at 19-under 833. USC's Alex Kuyumjian won medalist honors, winning by a two-stroke margin at 7-under 206.

LAST YEAR:Washington slipped nine places on the final day and finished in 15th with a team-total of 895 at the 2000 Waikoloa Intercollegiate. The Huskies had finished both the first and second rounds in sixth place. Georgia Tech claimed the team title with a 1-under total of 855, eight strokes ahead of runner-up Arizona State. Teammates Bryce Molder and Matt Kuchar of Georgia Tech tied for individual medalist honors, each shooting a 6-under total of 208. Scott Kral finished in 28th place to lead the Huskies, finishing with a three-day total of 220.

UP NEXT: Washington will head to California to participate in the Southwestern Intercollegiate, Mar. 5-6 in Westlake, Calif.

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 23rd annual 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

Derek Berg
Did not compete in the fall...top Husky finisher at the Ping Intercollegiate, the Huskies' first spring tournament...fired a 12-over 225...low round was a one-over 72.

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, the Nelson Invitational or the Prestige...finished in a tie for 93rd at the Ping Intercollegiate with a 235.

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 seasonsecond-best Husky finish at the Prestige in the final fall tournament...tied for 18th with a four-over 220...low round was a second-round even-par 72...did not compete in the Ping Intercollegiate.

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...top Husky finisher at the Prestige...finished 15th overall with a three-day total of three-over 219...fired a second-round 69, the second-best round of any Husky in the fall...did not compete in the Ping Intercollegiate.

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...tied for 41st with teammate Joe Ramos at the Prestige with a three-day total of 224...did not compete at the Husky Invitational or the Ping Intercollegiate.

Joe Ramos
Tied with Gordy Scutt for the team lead with a 73.33 stroke average...one of only two Husky golfers to compete in all four fall tournaments...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 1-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...finished in a tie for 41st with teammate Corey Prugh at the Prestige...carded a three day total of 224...did not compete at the Nelson Invitational or the Ping Intercollegiate.

John Robertson
Fired an even-par 72 in the first round of the Red River Classic, his best round of the 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 third-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...tied for 63rd with teammate Gordy Scutt at the Ping Intercollegiate...finished at 13-over 226 aided by a second-round one-under 70.

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 6-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...top Husky finished at the Ping Intercollegiate......finished in a 57th-place tie at the Prestige with a 226...tied with teammate Derek Berg for 54th...fired a 12-over 225.

Gordy Scutt
Tied for Huksy stroke-average lead with a 73.33 average..one of only two Huskies to compete in all four fall tournaments and the only one to compete in all five tournaments overall...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...third-best Husky finisher at the final fall tournament, the Prestige...fired a first-round 69, the second-best round of any Husky this year...went on to card two 76s to finish in 22nd place with a 221...tied for 63rd at the Ping Intercollegiate with a 13-over 226.

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.

The Nelson
Led by a pair of one-under 70s by Brock Mackenzie and Conner Robbins, the Washington men's golf team carded a final round one-under 283 to finish in a tie for third place at the Nelson Invitational. The Huskies' score of 283 was the best of any team in the final round and placed them in a tie with Alabama with a three-day score of 869. Duke, which led the tournament from start to finish, finished with 862, four shots ahead of second-place North Carolina State. Washington junior Gordy Scutt fired a one-over 72 and freshman Corey Prugh shot even-par for the final round as they finished tied for 13th with scores of three-over 216. Mackenzie and Robbins moved up to 20th place with their 70s, each carding a six-over 219 for the weekend. Steve Sokol of Florida Southern, who trailed Duke's Leif Olson by five shots after 36 holes, fired a seven-under 64 to overtake Olson and win the individual title. Sokol finished at five-under 208 while Olson finished three shots back with a two-under 311.

The Prestige
Led by a pair of freshmen, the Washington men's golf team finished eighth at The Prestige at Palm Desert, the Huskies' final tournament of the fall season, Nov. 6-7. Washington's lineup of six golfers included four freshmen, led by Dan Potter and Brock Mackenzie who both finished in the top 20. Washington finished the tournament at 13-over 877, on the par-72, 7,056-yard Firecliff Course at the Desert Willow Resort. Northwestern shot a five-under 283 final round to win the tournament, finishing with 855, one stroke ahead of second-place Pepperdine. The top three Husky finishers were all within three shots of each other. Potter finished in a tie for 15th place, carding a three-over 219 for the weekend, while Mackenzie was just one stroke back, placing 18th with four-over 220. Junior Gordy Scutt fired consecutive 76s after a first-round 69 to finish in a tie for 22nd with 221. Two other freshmen, Corey Prugh and Joey Ramos, finished tied for 41st with 224. Stanford's James Lee beat Pepperdine's Michael Beard in a playoff to win medalist honors after both carded six-under 210 through 54 holes.

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