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

Team Results

 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

Washington Results

  4  Brock Mackenzie   215 34  Dan Potter        221 60  John Robertson    224 72  Corey Prugh       226112  Conner Robbins    232

Individual Leaders

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

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