Husky Golfers Make Fifth Straight NCAA Appearance
May 24, 2003
The NCAA Championships
The 22nd-ranked Washington men's golf team is the 23rd seed at the 2003 NCAA Golf Championships, May 27-30. This year's event is being hosted by Oklahoma State at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla. The field includes 30 teams and six individuals who qualified from three regional sites.
The teams participating in the 2003 championship are: Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Auburn, August State, Clemson, Duke, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Oklahoma State, Oregon, San Diego State, South Carolina, Southern California, SMU, Tennessee, Texas, UCLA, UNLV, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Washington and Wichita State.
Seventy-two holes of stroke play golf over four days of competition shall decide the team and individual champions. The tournament features 18 holes of play on each date. Participants will play in threesomes during the competition. Teams participating in the NCAA Championships shall consist of a maximum of five players (with four scores counting each day toward the team total). During the first round of play, Washington will tee off starting at 7:45 a.m. from the first tee. The Huskies return to the course Wednesday afternoon from the 10th tee starting at 12:45 p.m. Tee times for the final two rounds of the tournament will be determined by results.
Huskies and the NCAAs
The 2003 NCAA Championship will be the Huskies' 16th appearance in the tournament. It marks the fifth consecutive year Washington has advance to the NCAA Championships. The Huskies top finishes were a fourth place showing in 1942 and 1999. The top individual showing was by Troy Kelley who was the runnerup in 1999.
Since the Huskies began their current streak of five consecutive NCAA Championship appearances, only six other teams have accomplished that feat. Arizona, Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Oklahoma State and Minnesota are the only other programs to be making their fifth consecutive trip to the NCAAs. Interestingly, each of those schools has finished at least fourth at the championship since 1999, including titles won by Georgia (1999), Oklahoma State (2000) and Minnesota (2002). Georgia Tech and Clemson have both been runnersups.
Washington tied for 11th at the 2002 NCAA Championships at Ohio State. The Huskies were led by the 17th-place finish of Brock Mackenzie, who shot 1-under 283. Mackenzie led the tournament after both the first and second rounds thanks to a 66 on day one of play and a 69 on the second day of the event. He was third after three rounds before shooting 5-over 76 during the final 18 holes. The Huskies were in third place after three rounds before shooting 297 during the fourth round.
UW's NCAA Results
Year Place Team Scoring2002 11th 279-291-285-297-11522001 26th 301-297-5982000 30th 6131999 4th 307-301-291-290-11891997 30th 311-306-6171989 23rd 295-301-5961988 15th 12111966 24th 6241965 11th 6021964 15th 6191963 10th 5971959 19th 6131948 9th 6091946 12th 6521942 4th 604
UW's Top NCAA Individual Finishers
Year Name Place Scoring1999 Troy Kelley 2nd 75-71-70-71-2872002 Brock Mackenzie 17th 66-69-72-76-2831989 Todd Tibke 17th 71-73-73-72-2891988 O.D. Vincent 19th 69-69-78-78-2941999 Gordy Scutt 23rd 79-77-72-72-3001999 Rob Rashell 44th 79-76-75-73-3031988 Ted Himka 52nd 76-74-76-74-300
Washington tied Southern California for seventh place at the NCAA West Regional at the Huskies' Washington National Golf Club to advance to the NCAA Championships. After opening play with a 20-over 308, the Huskies found themselves in 19th place.Washington rebounded to post back-to-back 2-under scores of 286 to grab one of the 10 berths from the regional. The Huskies final combinded 36-hole score of 4-under 572 was only surpassed by Arizona's 570.The Huskies were led by junior Brock Mackenzie who shot 2-under 214 to place sixth overall. Mackenzie carded a 68 during the final round of play that saw the Huskies combine for a 3-under score over their final nine holes.
Mackenzie Joins Elite Club
Washington junior All-American Brock Mackenzie tied the collegiate single-round scoring record with a 12-under 60 during the second round of Oregon's Duck Invitational at the Eugene Country Club on March 24.Mackenize's 12-under performance tied the NCAA single round record that Georgia Tech's Bryce Molder set Nov. 5, 2000 at the Palmetto Dunes Collegiate.Molder also shot 60 during his round. The only other collegiate golfer known to post a 60 was Arizona State's Paul Casey. He shot 10-under 60 during the final round of the 1999 Pac-10 Championships at Seattle' Broadmoor Country Club.
Mackenzie Repeats All-Pac-10
Washington junior All-American golfer Brock Mackenzie (Yakima) was named a first-team selection to the All-Pac-10 Conference team.Mackenzie became the first Husky player to repeat as a first-team selection. He earned the same honor last year after being a second-team pick as a freshman. Mackenzie placed eighth at this year's Pac-10 Championships.It marked the third consecutive season he has registered a top-10 finish at the event. Washington senior Derek Berg (Duvall), who won his first tournament this season, was an honorable mention selection.
The Walker Cup
Washington junior All-American golfer Brock Mackenzie was one of 23 leading amateur players (15 collegiate) who were invited by the USGA to participate in a three-day practice session for the 2003 Walker Cup Match.The session took place Nov. 29-Dec. 1 at Berkeley Hall Club, Hilton Head Island, S.C. For the first time, the USGA hosted the practice session to help determine who is selected for the U.S. Walker Cup team that will face the team from Great Britain and Ireland at the Ganton Golf Club in North Yorkshire, England, from Sept. 6-7.
Return to Karsten Creek
The Huskies are one of 12 teams that participated at the PING/Golfweek Preview at Karsten Creek Golf Club Oct. 7-8. Interestingly, the lineup the Huskies brought to Stillwater in the fall is the exact same group that will tee it up for the NCAA Championships. Washington placed ninth in the 15-team field with rounds of 306-296 and 307 for a 54-hole total of 909. Husky senior Conner Robbins led the Dawgs with a fifth place finish. He shot 73-73-72 for a 2-over score of 218. It was Robbins top finish during the season. Other Husky scorers who return for the NCAAs were:
21st John Robertson 73-76-76-22538th Brock Mackenzie 81-73-75-22966th Derek Berg 77-77-87-24169th Dan Potter 88-74-84-246
Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index
1. Clemson 69.67 2. Florida 70.69 3. Wake Forest 70.78 4. Texas 70.87 5. Oklahoma State 70.87 6. Arizona 70.89 7. Augusta State 70.92 8. UNLV 71.10 9. UCLA 71.1110. North Carolina 71.1611. TCU 71.1712. Georgia 71.3213. Georgia Tech 71.3314. Auburn 71.4015. Minnesota 71.5316. Arizona State 71.6517. New Mexico 71.7118. North Carolina State 71.7219. Tennessee 71.8120. Illinois 71.8421. Col. of Charleston 71.8422. Washington 71.8623. Arkansas 71.8724. South Carolina 71.9825. Duke 72.05
Live scoring of the NCAA Championships can be found at golfstat.com