Husky Golfers Post 11th-Place Finish at NCAAs

May 30, 2003

Stillwater, OK - The Washington men's golf team tied for 11th with Georgia Tech at the NCAA golf championships at Oklahoma State's Karsten Creek Golf Club. Washington junior All-American Brock Mackenzie finished fifth overall at 3-over 291.

Clemson held off the home-standing Cowboys to win its first NCAA golf title by two strokes. The Tigers finished the 72-hole event at 39-over 1191, including a final round of 15-over 303. That marked Clemson's highest 18-hole score of the year. UCLA was third at 45-over 1197 and Wake Forest and Florida tied for fourth at 1198.

Arizona State freshman Alejandro Canizares shot 2-under 69 during the final round to claim the individual title by two strokes with a 72-hole total of 1-under 287. Canizares bettered Auburn's Lee Williams, who led the tournament for 69 holes before posting back-to-back double bogies on the 16th and 17th holes to shoot 5-over 77 on the day.

Mackenzie's finish was the second best by a Husky at the NCAA Championships. He had rounds of 77, 71, 72 and 71 during the four-day championship. Thanks to a strong start on Friday, Mackenzie rocketed up the leaderboard and was in second place before experiencing an uncharacteristic stretch of poor play on the back nine.

Mackenzie opened with birdies on his second, third and fourth holes before carding a pair of bogies on the front nine to fall to 1-under at the turn. After posting birdies on the 11th and 12th holes, he stood at 3-under for the day and 1-over for the tournament.

At that point, Mackenzie had a stretch of four consecutive bogies between holes 13 through 16. He rallied to par the 17th hole, which proved to be the toughest challenge on the Karsten Creek course during the week.

Mackenzie topped off the tournament by knocking in a 12-foot putt to eagle the 18th hole for the second consecutive day. His final shot proved to be critical on the leaderboard. Prior to Mackenzie's final putt, Georgia Tech's Nicholas Thompson had dropped in a long eagle putt to temporarily put the Yellow Jackets ahead of Washington in the standings.

'I have real mixed feelings about the day,' said Mackenzie. 'I was three under through four holes. That was the start that I wanted. I knew I had to make some birdies early to give myself a chance. I thought the leader would come back to the field and that would up happening. I figured if I shot 66 or 67 I had a chance.'

Mackenzie's final round included five birdies, an eagle and six bogies.

'It was kind of disappointing because I did a lot of good things,' he said. 'Unfortunately, I also did as many bad things. Fortunately, I finished with the eagle and so, overall, it was a solid round.'

Husky senior Conner Robbins, who did not count as a scorer for Washington during the first three days, rebounded to finish his career in memorable fashion. Robbins posted a 9-over 45 during the front nine holes and then carded two birdies and an eagle on the 18th hole to finish the day at 5-over 77.

'For about 14 holes, everything was great,' said second-year coach Matt Thurmond. 'Then, for about 10 minutes, the wheels came off, but we were able to get it back a little on 18. The course is going to get you and sometimes you cannot control that.'

Washington played holes 14 through 17 at 10-over par.

Dan Potter shot 74 during the final round to tie teammate John Robertson for 63rd overall at 312. Derek Berg shot 83 on the final day and was 76th at 316. Robbins 334 moved him to 93rd in the standings.

'I'm sure Brock is disappointed because this is a tournament that he thinks he can win and I do to,' Thurmond said. 'I think it will be great fuel for next year. Overall, I thought he played awesome.

'To finish in the top 11, that's a good year. We were seeded 23rd and ranked 22nd, so this was a good way to end the year. The way we finished at the championship, it showed a lot of character by these guys.'

Potter, who shot six-over during his final 54 holes, thinks the Huskies' second consecutive 11th-place finish at the NCAAs sends a strong message to where the Washington program is headed.

'We're not just here every year, we're competing every year,' Potter said. 'That's the thing people are starting to notice. We have guys who can play. It's just a matter of being comfortable in a situation like this. I think we've gotten to that point.'

Mackenzie, who is the first three-time All-American in the history of the Husky program, also felt the week was a boost to Washington's program. The Huskies have not made five consecutive trips to the NCAAs and posted top-11 finishes three times since 1999.

'We're not at the point where we are consistently having a chance to win at this event like a Clemson or a Oklahoma State but I think we're really earning some people's respect,' he said. 'It means a lot to get here and be able to make the cut. It's a stressful environment and we hung in there and had three solid days in a row. Not bad for a bunch of guys from the state, huh?'

NCAA Men's Golf Championships
Karsten Creek Golf Club
Stillwater, OK
Par 72, 7308 yards

Team Results

 1   Clemson               299   302   287   303   1191 2   Oklahoma State        299   300   290   304   1193 3   UCLA                  303   295   301   298   1197 4   Wake Forest           304   306   290   298   1198 4   Florida               302   300   297   299   1198 6   Arizona State         306   308   297   291   1202 7   Augusta State         311   306   294   302   1213 8   Auburn                299   303   301   312   1215 9   North Carolina        308   308   299   301   1216 9   Texas                 306   314   299   297   121611   Georgia Tech          310   306   302   300   121811   Washington            314   300   301   303   121813   UNLV                  313   300   295   312   122014   Southern California   300   311   298   312   122115   North Carolina State  299   317   296   312   122416   Georgia               315   306   297   308   122617   Arizona               307   308   303   311   122918   Wichita State         308   309   299   316   1232

Failed to Make the Cut

Duke                 300   326   294   920Minnesota            305   309   306   920Illinois             304   320   297   921Oregon               323   300   301   924Tennessee            320   310   295   925New Mexico           309   314   305   928Vanderbilt           320   313   297   930Kentucky             309   323   310   942Arkansas             314   326   307   947SMU                  316   319   318   953South Carolina       313   331   311   955San Diego State      323   327   315   965

Washington Results

 5   Brock Mackenzie   77   71   72   71  29163   John Robertson    75   77   79   81  31263   Dan Potter        90   75   73   74  31276   Derek Berg        79   77   77   83  31693   Conner Robbins    83   90   84   77  334

Individual Leaders

 1  Alejandro Canizares, Arizona State    77   70   71   69   287 2  Lee Williams, Auburn                  69   72   71   77   289 3  Matthew Rosenfeld, Texas              71   76   71   72   290 3  Chris Stroud *, Lamar University      70   77   70   73   290 5  Brock Mackenzie, Washington           77   71   72   71   291 6  Ricky Barnes, Arizona                 75   74   70   73   292 6  Jason Hartwick, Texas                 77   70   72   73   292 8  Hunter Mahan, Oklahoma State          73   71   73   76   293 9  Chez Reavie, Arizona State            74   77   70   73   29410  Andrew Dahl *, Arkansas               73   81   70   71   29510  Jason Moon, North Carolina State      72   73   75   75   29512  David Denham, Georgia                 74   73   73   76   29612  Matt Every, Florida                   73   78   72   73   29612  Michael Putnam *, Pepperdine          78   75   71   72   29612  Nicholas Thompson, Georgia Tech       77   77   72   70   296

Note: Complete results are available at golfstat.com

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