Paige Mackenzie Regains Year of Eligibility

Oct. 3, 2003

Seattle - Washington women's golfer Paige Mackenzie has been granted a medical redshirt for the 2002-2003 season after being sidelined by a back injury. Mackenzie, a junior academically, will have three years of eligibility for the Huskies.

Mackenzie competed in three events last fall before being forced to withdraw from competition. At the time, she was leading the team with a stroke average of 73.8. Due to her back injury, Mackenzie did not play a complete round of golf for 10 months. She played all but one scheduled round last month when the Husky women went to Scotland for a nine-day international tour.

'We are ecstatic she was given the redshirt for last season,' says Husky coach Mary Lou Mulflur. 'We felt it was the right decision. Paige has been through some tough times over the last year, so this is very good news for her. She has worked extremely hard to overcome the injury and I know she is very excited to get back to playing competitive golf. She is an extremely competitive person, so it has been difficult for her to sit out for this much time.

'She's not all the way back with her game, but just having her in the lineup is a great boost to our team,' Mulflur said. 'I was very impressed by her play in Scotland. She brings a positive energy to the team and she can really help us as a leader on a team that includes four freshmen.'

During her freshman campaign, Mackenzie finished 25th at the NCAA Championships and was Washington's top finisher in three tournaments. She earned honorable mention all-Pac-10 honors that season. Last fall she opened the fall season by finishing third at the New Mexico Invitational and posted a top-10 finish at the Stanford Invitational.

Mackenzie and the Huskies will host the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational at Sahalee Golf and Country Club Oct. 6-8.

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