Husky Men's Golfers Head to ASU Invitational

April 10, 2001

THIS WEEK: The Washington men's golf team returns to the links this week when the Huskies participate in the 29th annual ASU Thunderbird/SAVANE Invitational April 13-14. The tournament will be held at ASU's par-72, 7,027-yard Karsten Golf Course. This year's format will include 36 holes of play on Friday and 18 holes on Saturday. The 21 participating schools are: Arizona, Arizona State, Brigham Young, California, Ca State Northridge, Fresno State, Houston, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Oregon State, Pepperdine, Stanford, Texas, UCLA, UNLV, USC, UTEP, Virginia and Washington.

LAST YEAR'S RESULTS: Arizona State won the 2000 Thunderbird/SAVANE Invitational and has won the tournament nine of the past 12 years. Last year, Paul Casey won the tournament with a 9-under 207 and ASU won the title with an 18-under 846. Washington tied with UCLA for 13th at the 2000 Thunderbird/SAVANE Invitational. The Huskies were led by Gordy Scutt, who tied for 28th with a score of 218, 11 strokes behind Casey's total. Scott Krall tied for 38th at 220. ASU's Jeff Quinney, the current U.S. Amateur Champion, won the 1999 individual title with a 15-under-par 201 and also set the course record with a 62 in the final round.

LAST TIME OUT: Led by freshmen Corey Prugh and Brock Mackenzie, the Washington men's golf team placed second at the Western Intercollegiate tournament played at the par 70, 6,445-yard Pasatiempo Golf Course in Santa Cruz from April 2-3. Prugh and Mackenzie tied for 10th place with 54-hole scores of 216. Oregon, which held a six-stroke lead on the Huskies after the first 36-holes of play, improved its lead to 17 strokes to win the tournament with a score of 850. Washington shot 867 while Kansas took third-places honors at 872. The Jayhawks shot 277 on Tuesday, the best 18-hole score of the tournament. Oregon carded a team score of 279 during the final 18 holes while the Huskies could only manage a 290. Prugh, who was tied for sixth place after the opening 36 holes, shot 75 on the final day to drop back four places. Mackenzie moved up from 15th to 10th thanks to a final-round score of 71. San Diego State's Lars Johansson won medalist honors with a 4-under total of 206. Johansson defeated Pacific's Jason Higton for the top honors when he pared the first hole of a playoff. Higton bogeyed the hole. Johansson opened the tournament with rounds of 65 and 67, but shot 74 on Tuesday. No other competitors, in the 90-man field, finished below par.

NOTING THE HUSKIES: The Washington golf team is currently led by a pair of first-year players. Freshman Corey Prugh tops the Huskies with a 73.18 stroke average after 17 rounds of play. Classmate Brock Mackenzie has played 23 rounds and sports a stroke average of 73.96. Both players recorded rounds of 68 in Washington's last outing at the Western Intercollegiate.

KELLY GOES PRO: Washington junior golfer Troy Kelly left the Husky program during the winter quarter to being a career as a professional golfer. Kelly was a two-time letterman at Washington. As a freshman in 1999, he finished as the runner-up at the NCAA Championships. He helped the Huskies to NCAA appearances the past two seasons. Kelly was a third-team All-American as a freshman at Washington. Last season he earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors. Kelly played in just one tournament for Washington this season, placing 37th overall at the Husky Fall Invitational. 'Troy has thought about this for quite some time and decided to begin pursuit of a professional career now, before we get too deep into our season,' says Husky director of golf O.D. Vincent. 'He has had a tremendous impact on our program two years ago and really helped to put us back on the national map. I can only wish Troy the best in his professional career.'

UP NEXT: Washington plays its final regular-season tournament when the Huskies compete at the U.S. Intercollegiate at Stanford april 21-22.

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.

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