Husky Golfers Jump to Ninth at NCAA Golf

May 28, 2003

Stillwater, OK � Turning in the second best score on the day, the Washingtonmen's golf team climbed 14 positions in the standings to tie for ninthoverall after the second round of the NCAA Championships at Oklahoma State'sKarsten Creek Golf Club. Led by junior All-American Brock Mackenzie, theHuskies shot 12-over 300 for a two-day total of 614 to tie Minnesota and Arizona State onthe leaderboard.

UCLA posted the tournament's best round, a 7-over 295 to take a one-strokelead over the host Cowboys at 598. Clemson is in third place at 601 whileFlorida is fourth at 602.

The Huskies tamed the toughest part of the Karsten Creek Course, posting acumulative four-over score on the back nine, to make their run up theleaderboard.

'That's such a tough side,' said Husky senior John Robertson, who shot5-over 77. 'It's really easy to shoot four-over yourself. To do it with fourguys total is remarkable. That's a good score.'

The Huskies had to do some scrambling over the final three holes to earnthemselves a spot into Thursday's afternoon session of the top 15 teams.Robertson, Derek Berg and Mackenzie each managed one birdie during thestretch to offset having to count a pair of bogies and a double bogie.

After playing his first 15 holes almost flawlessly, Mackenzie faced a hugechallenge on the 16th hole when he sank a 35-foot putt for bogie. His driveleft him having to straddle the edge of the bunker and his approach shotsoared across the fairway into a clump of weeds. After chipping out, he lefthimself with the long putt.

'The hosel was closed when it hit the ground and the ball just took, off onme,' Mackenzie said. 'I was thinking I might make a lot worse than doublebogie on that hole. It got me going again to make that long putt.'

Mackenzie finished the round at 1-under 71 and has a two round total of 148to stand 12th. Auburn's Lee Williams has a four-stroke lead over the rest ofthe field at 3-under 141. Oklahoma State's Hunter Mahan is second at 144while North Carolina State's Jason Moon is third at 145.

Mackenzie's under-par round was just the ninth by a player in the first 36 holes of play.

Robertson is tied for 33rd at 8-over 152 while Derek Berg is 63rd at 156after shooting 77 on Tuesday. Dan Potter, who opened with a 90, rebounded toshoot 77 during the second round to move up to 132nd at 12-over 165. ConnerRobbins had a 90 to drop back to 153rd at 29-over 173.

'We talked on the way to the golf course today about what everybody neededto do,' said Husky coach Matt Thurmond. 'I told Brock he needed to be theguy that really carried us during the final two rounds of the last tworegionals we played. I told him he was the guy we needed to count on to havea great round. That's exactly what he did. His 71 here is probablycomparable to shooting 67 anywhere else. He carried us today.'

Thurmond had high praise for his team's effort on the Karsten Course thatinspired the Tulsa World to lead its sports section with the headline 'NCAAUp the Creek.'

'I can't remember a college tournament on a tougher course,' he said. 'Andthis is just a tough golf course and not tough conditions. The greens couldbe faster. The rough could be longer and the wind can blow harder. It's justlike a U.S. Open.'

With two rounds left to play, the competitors have the feeling thistournament is far from over.

'This is probably the toughest course I've played and that's under perfectconditions,' Mackenzie said. 'I can't imagine if there were high winds outhere. Breaking 80 would be a really good score. This is basically a U.S.Open type of course. This is a strong test and by the end of the week thebest teams are going to rise to the top.'

'We finished our round and went inside to see the update and had to laugh,'Potter said. 'Here we've had two guys shoot 90 and we're sitting here inninth place. That's unheard of. Over four days the strokes are going to addup here more and more. They're going to run out of room on the scoreboardbecause there are going to be teams in triple digits after a while.'

Washington will tee of at 12:45 p.m. CST from the 10th tee during the thirdround with Arizona and Arizona State.

Karsten Creek Golf Club
Stillwater, OK
Par 72, 7095 yards

Team Results

 1  UCLA                   303    295    598 2  Oklahoma State         299    300    599 3  Clemson                299    302    601 4  Florida                302    300    602 4  Auburn                 299    303    602 6  Wake Forest            304    306    610 7  Southern California    300    311    611 8  UNLV                   313    300    613 9  Minnesota              305    309    614 9  Arizona State          306    308    614 9  Washington             314    300    61412  Arizona                307    308    61513  Georgia Tech           310    306    61613  North Carolina         308    308    61613  North Carolina State   299    317    61616  Augusta State          311    306    61716  Wichita State          308    309    61718  Texas                  306    314    62019  Georgia                315    306    62120  New Mexico             309    314    62320  Oregon                 323    300    62322  Illinois               304    320    62423  Duke                   300    326    62624  Tennessee              320    310    63025  Kentucky               309    323    63226  Vanderbilt             320    313    63327  SMU                    316    319    63528  Arkansas               314    326    64029  South Carolina         313    331    64430  San Diego State        323    327    650

Washington Results

12  Brock Mackenzie   77  71  17833  John Robertson    75  77  15263  Derek Berg        79  77  156132 Dan Potter        90  77  165153 Conner Robbins    83  90  173

Individual Leaders

 1   Lee Williams, Auburn                69   72   141 2   Hunter Mahan, Oklahoma State        73   71   144 3   Jason Moon, North Carolina State    72   73   145 4   Alejandro Canizares, Arizona State  77   70   147 4   David Denham, Georgia               74   73   147 4   Jason Hartwick, Texas               77   70   147 4   John Merrick, UCLA                  75   72   147 4   Ryan Moore, UNLV                    76   71   147 4   Matthew Rosenfeld, Texas            71   76   147 4   Mike Sica, Oregon, U. of            73   74   147 4   Chris Stroud, Lamar University      70   77   14712   John Holmes, Kentucky, U. of        72   76   14812   Travis Johnson, UCLA                74   74   14812   Brock Mackenzie, Washington         77   71   14815   Ricky Barnes, Arizona               75   74   14915   Jack Ferguson, Clemson              73   76   14915   Roy Moon, UCLA                      76   73   14915   Richard Treis, North Carolina       75   74   14915   Oliver Wilson, Augusta State        70   79   149
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