Husky Golfers In 23rd Place At NCAA Golf

May 27, 2003

Stillwater, OK �- The Washington men's golf team found itself in a familiarposition after the first day of play at the NCAA Championships at OklahomaState's Karsten Creek Golf Club. The Huskies shot 26-over 314 during thefirst 18 holes of the tournament to tie Arkansas for 23rd place.

Two weeks ago Washington opened the West Regional Championship with a20-over score of 308. The Huskies rebounded with back-to-back rounds of2-under 286 to tie for seventh at the event.

'We sort of laughed about it after the round and said, OeOkay, we're where weneed to be,'' said Husky coach Matt Thurmond. 'The reality is that we dugourselves a bit of a hole today, but a lot of teams had trouble on thiscourse today and that is going to continue this week. We've been in thesesort of situations and there isn't any panic. It is not the end of theworld. For some teams here, this type of scoring is something completelynew.'

Only four teams managed to break 300 during the first round. The hostCowboys are tied with Clemson, North Carolina State and Auburn for firstplace at 299. For Clemson, the nation's top-ranked team, it marked the firsttime this season the Tigers did not have at least one player shoot parduring the tournament. Southern California is in fifth place at 12-over 300.

UCLA, the West Regional champion, is eighth at 303. The Huskies are just 10strokes from ninth place.

Lee Williams of Auburn turned in the day's best score, posting a 3-under 69during the morning session. He was one of only four players to break par onthe day. Lamar's Chris Stroud and Augusta State's Oliver Wilson are tied forsecond at 2-under 70 while Texas Matthew Rosenfeld is fourth at 71.

The Huskies were led on the first day of play by senior John Robertson whoshot 3-over 75 to finish tied for 29th. Playing in the morning session,Robertson was 1-under after his first 13 holes before carding a triple bogieon the par four fifth hole.

'I felt like I played well except for the one triple,' Robertson said. 'Ihit the ball well and hit a lot of fairways and a lot of greens. There weresome things I did that, I realize I could have shot a better score, but atthe same time, this is a really hard golf course and you are not going tohave a perfect day here. It was a good solid score.'

Starting on the back nine, junior All-American Brock Mackenzie shot par onhis first seven holes before running into trouble. He triple-bogied the parfour 17th hole but managed to follow it up with a birdie to shoot 2-over atthe turn. Mackenzie played his final nine holes in three-over, including abirdie on his final green. Mackenzie finished the day at 5-over 77.

Senior Derek Berg posted a quadruple bogie on his fifth hole and stood at7-over after his first eight homes. From that point, Berg played even parover his final 10 holes and finished at 79.

'John Robertson played absolutely great today with the exception of onehole,' Thurmond said. 'Brock played very well except for maybe two holes.Derek (Berg) had a quadruple bogie early and then battled and played wellthe rest of the day.'

Robbins finished at 83 while junior Dan Potter struggled to post 90.

'Conner (Robbins) had a poor day putting but he hit the ball well and he hasnot done that lately,' Thurmond said. 'Dan just had an off day. I expect himto bounce back for us.'

The Huskies will play in the afternoon session on Wednesday during thesecond round of the 72-hole event.

Complete results from the NCAA Championships are available at golfstat.com

Washington Results
29 John Robertson 75
59 Brock Mackenzie 77
87 Derek Berg 79
125 Conner Robbins 83
154 Dan Potter 90

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