NCAA West Regional Awaits Husky Golf Team
May 4, 2004
The 12th-ranked Washington women's golf team is the number six seed in the West Region for the 2004 NCAA Golf Championships. The Huskies will compete at the Stanford Golf Course May 6-8 with hopes of making their third trip to the NCAA Championships in the last four years. This year's NCAA Championship is being hosted by Auburn at Grand National Lakes Course May 18-21.
UCLA is the number-one seed for the West Regional that includes a total of 21 teams and three at-large competitors. The top eight teams and top two individuals will advance from the three regional sites to the national championships. Duke is the number one seed in the East Regional to be held at the Mission Inn Golf and Tennis Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.
Vanderbilt is the top seed in the Central Regional to be played at the University Golf Course in Normal, Ill. Last year the Huskies placed 13th at the NCAA West Regional and failed to advance to the NCAA Championships after making back-to-back appearances in 2001 and 2002.
1. UCLA (Pacific-10 Conference) 2. Ohio State (Big Ten Conference) 3. California 4. Georgia 5. Texas (Big 12 Conference) 6. Washington 7. Stanford 8. Pepperdine 9. Arizona State10. Oregon11. San Francisco12. New Mexico State13. San Diego State14. San Jose State15. Brigham Young16. Texas Tech17. Denver (Sun Belt Conference)18. Washington State19. Portland State (Big Sky Conference)20. Cal State Northridge (Big West Conference)21. Oral Roberts (Mid-Continent Conference)
1. Angela Won, UC Irvine2. Sara Odelius, Hawaii3. Lauren Gray, Northern Arizona
The NCAA West Regional Championships include a 54-hole format on the par 72, 6,159-yard Stanford Golf Course. One round (18 holes) will be played Thursday-Saturday, May 6-8. The low four scores for each five-player team will count towards the team total. First- and second-round pairings are predetermined based on seedings. Tee times for the final round will be based on results. The top four scores from each five-person team will count toward the team score.
Washington coach Mary Lou Mulflur's lineup for the NCAA West Regional Championship is: Senior Lindsay Morgan (Walla Walla, Wash.), sophomore Paige Mackenzie (Yakima, Wash.), sophomore Sung Ea Lee (Tacoma, Wash.), freshman Amber Prange (Noblesville, Ind.) and freshman Ashley Bickerton (Ottawa, Ontario). That group currently has the five lowest stroke averages on the team.
Playing at Stanford
The NCAA West Regional will mark the third time this season the Huskies have played at the Stanford Golf Course.Washington placed second of 18 teams at the Stanford Invitational in October and was second of 13 teams at the Peg Barnard California Collegiate in April. The Huskies shot a school record 850 at the fall event, losing to Duke by five strokes. Husky golfers posted six of the top seven individual scores of the year during that event.
Last Year's Regional Recap
Washington entered last year's NCAA West Regional Championship as the number-nine seed but failed to advance to the NCAA Championships after placing 13th overall with a three-day total of 923. Due to injuries, the Huskies only had four competitors during the event. Lindsay Morgan placed fourth overall with a score of 1-over 217 to advance to the NCAAs as an individual competitor. After shooting 311 to open the tournament, the Huskies found themselves in 15th place. The team struggled in the second round, combining for a 318 before making a rally during the final round with a 294, the third best score during the final 18 holes of play. Freshman Sung Ea Lee shot 4-over 220 to finish 10th.
Washington hopes to make its seventh NCAA appearance by qualifying through the NCAA West Regional. The Huskies competed in 1977, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2001 and 2002. Washington's best finish came in 1977 when the team finished 14th. Washington has placed sixth at an NCAA Regional twice (1995, 2002).
Three Huskies on All-Pac-10 Team
Three members of the Washington women's golf team were named to the 2004 All-Pac-10 Conference squad. Husky sophomore Paige Mackenzie was a first-team selection, sophomore Sung Ea Lee was a second-team pick and freshman Amber Prange earned honorable mention honors. The team was selected by the conference coaches. Mackenzie becomes just the fifth Husky to earn first-team honors.
Noting the Huskies
Washington's second-place finish at the Stanford Intercollegiate in October saw the Huskies cut 24 strokes off the school scoring record by posting a 850 ... Washington's lone touranment victory this year was the Bay Area Classic ... the Huskies placed second in three events this year ... UW placed in the top-five in six of nine tournaments ... Washington was ranked as high as eighth in the Golfweek Standings during the season ... sophomore Paige Mackenzie received a medical redshirt for the 2002-03 season after being sidelined by a back injury.
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