UPDATE: Mackenzie Leads NCAA Golf After Two Rounds

May 30, 2002

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B. Mackenzie

Columbus, OH - The Washington men's golf team experienced mixed results during its second round at the NCAA Championships at Ohio State's Scarlet Course. After finishing their rain-delayed first round Thursday morning by carding a 5-under 279, the Huskies fell back from the leaders during the second round with a 7-over 291.

Washington is tied for ninth with Tulsa at 2-over 570. Clemson, which carded a 7-under 277, moved into a tie with Georgia Tech at 5-under 277.

Washington sophomore Brock Mackenzie continued to be impressive shooting 2-under 69 to increase his lead on the individual leaderboard to 7-under 135 after 36 holes. North Carolina's Dustin Bray and TCU's Adam Robinson hold down second place at 6-under. Clemson's D.J. Trahan, the Ben Hogan Award winner as the collegiate golfer of the year, is third at 5-under along with Arizona's Chris Nallen and North Carolina State's Justin Walters.

'Following a 66 is pretty darn tough and he said that he played even better today than he did yesterday,' said first-year Husky coach Matt Thurmond. 'Brock did a great job and we really needed him to carry us today because we were struggling. It's nice to know he is back there having a good round.'

Playing the Scarlet Courses' back nine first, Mackenzie made birdies on the No. 12 and 18 holes. A bogie on No. 2 dropped him back to 1-under before he regained that stroke on the No. 4 hole. Through 36 holes he has made 10 birdies and three bogies.

'I hit the ball a lot better today,' Mackenzie said. 'Yesterday I just got a couple of lucky breaks. I chipped in twice. Overall I probably hit more fairways and more greens today. It was a solid round, probably more of what I'm used to.'

Mackenzie's score was the 15th time this season he has carded a score in the 60s. It was the 25th time in 45 rounds that he has shot under par.

He opened the tournament by posting a 66, setting a UW record for a postseason round. His gross score and score vs. par was the fourth best round by a Husky golfer this season. His score was one stroke off equaling his career best of a 65 he shot at The Prestige in October.

'First rounds are usually not my best rounds, so this is a good way to start the week,' Mackenzie said. 'It gives you a couple of strokes to give back. On this course, you are going to take your hits, so it is nice to have some cushion.'

The Huskies appeared to be on their way to a solid second round score when they made the turn at even par as a team. During the opening round Washington played that portion of the course 3-over par. The second hole proved to be the team's undoing. All five Huskies bogied the hole, costing them four strokes in the team competition. Washington finished their final nine holes 7-over par after playing that same strech 8-under during the first round.

'I'm disappointed that we didn't play a little better during the second round, but I know we are going to be in it,' Thurmond said. 'Going into the tournament, I just said `Let's just put ourselves in position after 36 holes and that's what we've done.''

Junior Conner Robbins (Bremerton), who has seven birdies during the first two rounds, shot 1-over 72 for the second consecutive day. He is tied for 53rd overall. Sophomore Corey Prugh (Spokane) posted a 74 after opening with a 72. Sophomore Dan Potter (Coeur d'Alene) and junior John Robertson (Olympia) both shot 76 during the second round. Robertson is now at 4-over 176 for the tournament while Potter stands at 5-over 177.

'Fatigue was probably an issue for us,' Thurmond said. 'Having to get up at five a.m to come out and finish that first round made it a long day. It was probably harder to score today, but I thought we hung in there pretty well. I thought the course played a little tougher. The pin placement was tougher and the wind started to pick up in the back nine.'

The Huskies will tee off Friday at 7 a.m. ET from the number-one tee and be paired with Florida and North Carolina State. The final 18 holes of competition are scheduled for Saturday.

Complete results and live scoring of the NCAA Championships is available at www.Golfstat.com

2002 NCAA Men's Golf Championships
The Scarlet Course
Ohio State University
Columbus, OH
Par 71, 7,222 yards

Team Results

 T1  Clemson        286   277   563  -5 T1  Georgia Tech   277   286   563  -5  3  Toledo         283   281   564  -4 T4  North Carolina 282   284   566  -2 T4  TCU            283   283   566  -2 T4  Texas          291   275   566  -2  7  N.C. State     286   281   567  -1  8  Florida        283   286   569  +1 T9  Tulsa          281   289   570  +2 T9  Washington     279   291   570  +2T11  Purdue         284   287   571  +3T11  Virginia Tech  291   280   571  +3T13  Arizona        282   290   572  +4T13  Augusta State  289   283   572  +4T13  Pepperdine     284   288   572  +4T16  Colorado       280   293   573  +5T16  Illinois       277   296   573  +5T16  Minnesota      284   289   573  +5T19  Auburn         288   287   575  +7T19  Texas Tech     288   287   575  +7 21  Fresno State   290   286   576  +8 22  UAB            293   286   579  +11T23  Baylor         292   289   581  +13T23  UNLV           292   289   581  +13T25  Georgia        293   289   582  +14T25  Oklahoma State 289   293   582  +14T27  New Mexico     293   291   584  +16T27  Pacific        292   292   584  +16 29  Ga. Southern   296   291   587  +19 30  VCU            295   295   590  +22

Husky Results

1  Brock Mackenzie 66-69-135 53  Conner Robbins  72-72-144 96  Corey Prugh     72-74-146 96  John Robertson  70-76-146106  Dan Potter      71-76-147

Top Individuals

1   Brock Mackenzie, Washington  66-69-135   -72   Dustin Bray, North Carolina  68-68-136   -62   Adam Rubinson, TCU           69-67-136   -64   Chris Nallen, Arizona        69-68-137   -54   D.J. Trahan, Clemson         71-66-137   -54   Justin Walters, N.C. State   70-67-137   -57   Camilo Benedetti, Florida    70-68-138   -47   Gregg Jones, Clemson         69-69-138   -47   Graeme McDowell, UAB         71-67-138   -47   Chris Noel, Tulsa            69-69-138   -47   Ben Portie, Colorado         66-72-138   -4
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