Husky Men's Golf Travels to Oregon Invitational
March 20, 2003
Seattle - The 26th-ranked Washington men's golf team travels to Eugene, Ore. for the Huskies' next tournament competition. The Huskies will be one of 16 teams competing at the Oregon Duck Invitational March 24-25 at the 6,854-yard, par-72 Eugene Country Club. Play begins at 8 a.m. each day and will feature 36 holes of competition on Monday followed by a single round on Tuesday.
The field for this year's tournament includes (golfweek ranking) Arizona (7), UC Davis, Hawaii-Hilo, Michigan State (48), Nevada, Northwestern (17), Oregon, Oregon State, Pepperdine (21), San Diego State (35), San Jose State, Stanford, UCLA (10), Vanderbilt (23) and Washington State.
The individual field includes the nation's top-ranked player in Vanderbilt's Brandt Snedeker and reigning U.S. Amateur champion, Ricky Barnes of Arizona. Washington's top-ranked player is Brock Mackenzie at 26th. He leads the Huskies with a 71.5 stroke average through 23 rounds of play this year.
The Huskies won the Northwest Shootout at Washington National Golf Club on March 8 in their last outing. Washington shot 594 in the 36-hole event that saw Oregon finish second at 606 and Oregon State take third at 613. Husky senior Derek Berg captured medalist honors at 3-under 141.
Mackenzie was third at the Northwest Shootout to post his 19th top-10 finish during his career. That moves the Husky junior All-American into first place on the school list for top-10 finishes. Mackenzie enters the Oregon Duck Invitational having played 128 rounds during his collegiate career. He currently is tied with former Husky standout O.D. Vincent for fifth-place on UW's career rounds played list. Mackenzie needs 12 more rounds this season to move past Scott Kral (139 career rounds) to head that statistical category.
Oregon won last year's Duck Invitational, played at Shadow Hills, by a stroke over Washington State.