Husky Golfers Move Up to 3rd NCAA Regional

May 17, 2002

Albuquerque, NM -

2nd Round Team Scoring
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2nd Round Individual Scoring
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The 14-ranked Washington men's golf team moved up three spots to third place after 36 holes of play at the NCAA West Regional at New Mexico's Championship Course. The Huskies need to finish in the top 10 of the event to advance to the NCAA Championships May 30-June 2 at Ohio State. The final round is scheduled for Saturday.

Only nine strokes separate the top 11 teams in the tournament after two days of play.

Washington shot 293 on Friday for a two-day total of 8-over 584. UNLV leads the field at 582 while Fresno State is second at 583. Pacific and Pepperdine are currently tied for 10th at 589.

The Huskies were led Friday by junior Conner Robbins (Bremerton) who turned in a career best score of 67. That tied Arizona's Ricky Barnes, the tournament leader, for the low round at the event. Robbins score was 21 strokes better than his first round effort, that included a 10 on one par 4. Robbins round included eight birdies and three bogies. All of his birdies came over a stretch of 11 holes.

'I was impressed that Conner came back with that type of effort,' said Husky coach Matt Thurmond. 'This tournament is so tight, that effort really kept us in it today. This course is playing really hard and there are a lot of really good teams here. Our guys are just doing a great job of hanging around. I'm excited that we are just two strokes out of the lead, but you have to keep in mind that we are just five strokes from 10th place.'

The Huskies Dan Potter (Coeur d'Alene) is 22nd overall at 146 after shooting 74 on Friday. Brock Mackenzie (Yakima) carded a 76 to fall back to 36th at 148. John Robertson (Olympia) is 60th at 150 while Corey Prugh (Spokane) is 97th at 154. Despite his impressive round. Robbins only moved up to 105 with a 36-hole score of 155.

Barnes owns a five-shot lead for medalist honors at 137. Four players are tied for second at 142.

NCAA West Regional Championships
New Mexico Golf Course
Albuquerque, NM
Par 72, 7,368 yards

Team Results

 1  UNLV                 582 2  Fresno State         583 3  Washington           584 4  Arizona              585 4  San Diego State      585 6  Minnesota            588 6  New Mexico           588 6  Texas                588 6  UCLA                 58810  Pacific              58910  Pepperdine           58912  Nevada               59212  Oregon               59214  Ohio State           59315  California           59416  Texas Tech           59517  Southern California  59718  Washington State     59819  Stanford             60020  Brigham Young        60221  Arizona State        60622  Illinois State       60723  Colorado State       61024  UC-Irvine            61325  Detroit Mercy        61426  IU-Purdue-Indy       62627  Central Conn. St.    629

Washington Scores

 22 Dan Potter	     146 36 Brock Mackenzie	148 60 John Robertson	150 97 Corey Prugh	     154105 Conner Robbins	155

Individual Leaders

 1  Jason Hartwick, Texas          68 1  Ricky Barnes, Arizona         137 2  Jonathon Echols, Fresno State 142 2  Jason Hartwick, Texas         142 2  Justin Smith, Minnesota       142 2  Mark Warman, San Diego State  142 6  Aaron Byers, Oregon           143 6  Zach Doran, Ohio State        143 6  Ben Scribner, Pacific         143 6  Nick Watney, Fresno State     14310  Jason Allred, Pepperdine      14410  John Merrick, UCLA            14410  Peter Tomasul, California     144
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