Husky Golfers Compete in Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge

Oct. 25, 2004

Seattle - The Washington men's golf team is one of 14 teams that will compete Monday and Tuesday at the Big Ten/Pac019 Challenge at Bandon Dunes in Bandon, Ore. It will mark the first time a collegiate tournament has been played at the resort, ranked as one of the nation's top public courses.

Representing the Pac-10 (Golfweek ranking) will be Arizona, Arizona State (18), California, Oregon, UCLA (19), Southern California (9) and Washington (27). The Big Ten will be represented by Illinois (30), Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota (20), Northwestern, Penn State and Purdue (21).

Teams will play 36 holes Oct. 25 and 18 Oct. 26 on the par-72, 6,980-yard Bandon Dunes course.

In addition to the normal tournament scoring, in which teams play five golfers and count the low four scores, the conference challenge winner will be determined by counting a conference's best six team scores from each round.

California won the 2004 NCAA Championship whiloe Minnesota was the 2002 national champions. Also playing will be 2003 NCAA medalist Alejandro Canizares of Arizona State, as well as 2004 Pac-10 individual champion Henry Liaw of Arizona.

Five of the 14 teams are currently ranked among the top 25 in the most recent Golfweek poll. Representing the Pac-10 will be Arizona, No. 17 Arizona State, California, Oregon, No. 19 UCLA, No. 10 USC and Washington. The Big Ten will be represented by Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, No. 20 Minnesota, Northwestern, Penn State and No. 21 Purdue.

The Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge was the idea of KemperSports Management of Northbrook, Ill., Northwestern golf coach Pat Goss and Nosler. KemperSports manages the Bandon property and owns the Glen Club, in Glenview, Ill., which is where the 2005 Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge will be played.

The event will return to Bandon in 2006, but will be played on the Pacific Dunes course. In 2007, the event will also be at Bandon and is tentatively scheduled to be contested on the under-construction Pacific Trail course. The tournament will return to the Glen Club in 2008.

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