Husky Men's Golf NCAA Regional Notes
May 12, 2002
Seattle - The 13th-ranked Washington men's golf team is seeded fifth at the NCAA West Regional to be held May 16-18 at the University of New Mexico. The top 10 teams and the top-2 individuals not on those teams in the NCAA West Regional will advance to the NCAA Championships in Columbus, Ohio, May 29 - June 1.
Washington is looking to make its fourth straight trip to the NCAA Championships.
The West Regional includes nine Pac-10 teams, headlined by top seed USC, the winner of this year's conference tournament. The 54-hole event will be played on New Mexico's par 72, 7,368-yard Championship Course.
Georgia Tech, the nation's top-ranked team, heads up a strong East Regional that includes six of the top ranked teams in the nation. Oklahoma State, ranked sixth, is the top seed at the Central Regional.
NCAA West Regional Seedings
1. Southern California2. Texas3. Minnesota4. Fresno State5. Washington6. New Mexico7. Pepperdine8. San Diego State9. Arizona10. Nevada11. Oregon12. Ohio State13. UCLA14. Washington State15. UC Irvine16. Pacific17. UNLV18. Stanford19. Arizona State20. Texas Tech21. California22. Brigham Young23. Colorado State24. Illinois State25. Detroit26. Indiana/Purdue-Indianapolis27. Central Connecticut State
Chris Baryla, UTEPBen Leestma, Air ForceDavid Yarnes, Oregon StateBrandon Hillpot, UC RiversideMike Urbatchka, WyomingErik Billinger, Denver
Huskies Having Landmark Season
While the 1999 Washington golf team finished fourth at the NCAA Championships, this year's version of Husky golf is arguably having the best season in school history. The Huskies are ranked 13th in the latest Golfweek Rankings and have been as high as 11th this season. The Huskies have won four tournaments this season and taken home medalist honors five times in 12 events.
Mackenzie Draws Hogan Attention
Washinton sophomore Brock Mackenzie was one of 20 collegiate golfers named a semifinalist for the 2002 Ben Hogan Award. The Hogan Award honors the top college player over a one-year period from May 1, 2001 to May 1, 2002.
Mackenzie Named All-Pac-10
Washington sophomore Brock Mackenzie (Yakima) was named to the All-Pac-10 Conference team this season. Mackenzie, who led the Huskies with a seventh-place finish at the conference championships, becomes just the third UW golfer to earn first-team all-conference honors. O.D. Vincent was a first-team pick in 1988 and Troy Kelly received the honor in 1999. Mackenzie was a second-team all-Pac-10 pick as a freshman. Husky junior John Robertson (Olympia) was a second-team All-Pac-10 pick. Husky junior Conner Robbins (Bremerton) received honorable mention honors on the team that is voted on by the Pac-10 coaches.
Washington's appearance at the 2002 NCAA West Regional marks the seventh consecutive year the Huskies have received a postseason invitation. Washington's top finish at a regional came in 1999 when the Huskies placed seventh in Tucson.
The fifth-seeded Huskies are looking to qualify for the NCAA Championships for the fourth consecutive season. The Huskies placed 26th at the 2001 NCAAs, 30th in 2000 and fourth in 1999.
Huskies in the Rankings
Two Husky golfers are ranked among the top-100 players in the nation in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. Heading that group is sophomore Brock Mackenze in 24th place with a rating of 70.79. John Robertson is ranked 91st at 71.98.
Rewriting the Records
The Huskies are on the verge of setting several team and individual records this season:
* Washington set a 54-hole tournament scoring record with an 834 at the Western Intercollegiate.
* The Huskies set a single-round scoring mark at the Western Intercollegiate with a 270 during the second round.
* Conner Robbins established a UW record for 54-hole score with his 202 at the Western Intercollegiate.
*John Robertson shot a 64 during the third round of The Prestige to establish a UW single-round record.
* Robertson tied the UW first-round record with his opening 67 at the Husky Invitational.
* Brock Mackenzie tied the Husky record for second-round score with a 65 at The Prestige.
* Mackenzie recorded 10 top-10 finishes this season, bettering the previous record of eight set by O.D. Vincent in 1991.
* Mackenzie now has 13 top-10 finishes in his career, the second most by a Husky. Rob Rashell owns the record with 18.
* Mackenzie needs to play five more rounds this season to top the single-season record of 44 Troy Kelly established in 2000.
* Mackenzie has moved into second place on UW's all-time wins list with two. Teammate Gordy Scutt has also picked up two tournament victories.
* Scutt became the first UW golfer to win back-to-back tournaments, finishing first at the Vandal Classic and then winning the Husky Invitational.
* Scutt moved into sixth place on UW's all-time Rounds Played list with 126.
UW To Host 2003 Regional
Washington will play host to the 2003 NCAA West Regional at Washington National Golf Club in Auburn, Wash. This season the facility will serve as the site for the 2002 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship May 21-24. The 2003 West Regional will mark the first time the Husky men have hosted a tournament at Washington National.
On Lobo Ground
Washington will be playing at New Mexico for the first time in 11 years when the Huskies tee it up for the West Regional. Ironically, UW's last trip to Albequerque was for the 1991 NCAA West Regional. The Huskies shot 885 to finish 11th, one stroke out of 10th place. UW's Mike Swingle was third overall at 214.
As the Huskies enter NCAA West Regional play five members of this year's team have posted season stroke averages that could land them on UW's all-time list. Currently, Troy Kelly set the UW single-season stroke average in 1999 at 72.4. Both Brock Mackenzie (71.1) and John Robertson (72.2) are averaging better than Kelly's mark. Conner Robbins' average of 72.8 has him fifth on the single-season list while Corey Prugh is seventh at 73.0. Husky senior Gordy Scutt's average of 73.8 ranks 14th overall.