Husky Golfers Tie New Mexico for NCAA Regional Title
May 18, 2002
Albuquerque, NM - The 14th-ranked Washington men's golf team won its first NCAA Regional title when the Huskies overcame a two-shot deficit to tie New Mexico for the West championship. Washington earned its fourth consecutive berth to the NCAA Championships, which will be held at Ohio State May 30-June 2.
Washington turned in its best round, a 288, during the final day of to finish the 54-hole tournament at 872. New Mexico shot 284 on Saturday. UNLV was third at 874 and Minnesota was fourth at 875. Arizona was the only other Pac-10 school to earn an NCAA Championship bid of the nine conference teams at the regional. The Wildcats finished sixth at 878.
The Huskies were led by sophomore Brock Mackenzie (Yakima), who carded a final round score of 5-under 67 to tie for fourth place overall at 215. Mackenzie's finish was the second best showing by a UW golfer at a NCAA regional. Mike Swingle finished third in 1991.
Arizona's Ricky Barnes and Minnesota's Justin Smith tied for medalist honors at 210.
Washington's Dan Potter shot 75 on Saturday to finish 34th overall at 221. John Robertson had a 74 and was 60th at 224. Corey Prugh carded a 72 and was 72nd at 226. Conner Robbins had a 77 to finish 112 at 232.
'We saved our best for last and the timing could not have been better,' said first-year Washington coach Matt Thurmond. 'I was waiting for Brock to throw a good score and he showed why he is one of the best collegiate golfers in the country. To shoot 67 when there is an NCAA bid at stake, that's big time golf. I'm very proud of our guys. This is a great moment for the Washington program.'
The victory marked the fifth time the Huskies have won a championship this season.
Other teams to qualify from the regional included Pepperdine, Pacific, Texas and Fresno State. Texas Tech defeated San Diego State in a one-hole playoff for 10th place and the final bid to the championships.
In other regional competition, Clemson and Georgia Tech tied for the East title at 876. In the Central Regional, Oklahoma and Purdue tied for top honors at 865.
Complete regional results are available at Golfstat.com
1 New Mexico 293-295-284-872 1 Washington 291-293-288-872 3 UNLV 290-292-292-874 4 Minnesota 290-298-287-875 5 Pepperdine 292-297-288-877 6 Arizona 292-293-293-878 6 Pacific 294-295-289-878 6 Texas 285-303-290-878 9 Fresno State 290-293-296-87910 San Diego State 289-296-297-88210 Texas Tech 298-297-287-88212 California 308-286-289-88313 Oregon 300-292-293-88513 UCLA 296-292-297-88515 Ohio State 295-298-296-88916 Nevada 299-293-298-89017 Stanford 303-297-291-89118 Southern California 294-303-298-89519 Washington State 302-296-301-89920 Arizona State 304-302-294-90021 Brigham Young 301-301-299-90122 UC-Irvine 307-306-290-90323 Colorado State 314-296-301-91124 Illinois State 301-306-306-91325 IU-Purdue-Indy 315-311-302-92826 Detroit Mercy 302-312-319-93327 Central Conn. St. 313-316-308-937
4 Brock Mackenzie 215 34 Dan Potter 221 60 John Robertson 224 72 Corey Prugh 226112 Conner Robbins 232
1 Ricky Barnes, Arizona 70-67-73-210 Justin Smith, Minnesota 70-72-68-2103 Nick Watney, Fresno State 74-69-71-2144 Scott Hailes, New Mexico 73-72-70-215 Matt Hansen, Pacific 70-75-70-215 Brock Mackenzie, Washington 72-76-67-215 Ben Scribner, Pacific 74-69-72-2158 Jason Allred, Pepperdine 69-75-72-216 Aaron Byers, Oregon 70-73-73-216 Brooks Kelly, Texas Tech 76-70-70-216 John Merrick, UCLA 75-69-72-216 Russell Surber, Texas 70-76-70-216 Mark Warman, San Diego St. 72-70-74-216
For complete results from all NCAA Regional Championships, visit Golfstat.com