Husky Golf Teams Head to Match Play Championship
Nov. 13, 2004
Seattle - The Husky men's and women's golf team will compete in the 2004 Match Play Championships Nov. 14-16 at Mission Inn Resort at Howey-in-the Hills, Fla. The tournament is final team event of the fall for both teams. The Husky men, seeded 11th, will face sixth-seed Georgia State in the first round. The Washington women, seeded fourth, will meet Purdue on Sunday.
Both teams qualified for the event based on their sixth-place finishes at last year's NCAA Championships. The men's team will include Alex Prugh, Erik Olson, James Lepp, Joe Panzeri and Zach Bixler. The women's lineup features Ashley Bickerton, Sung Ea Lee, Paige Mackenzie, Amber Prange, Kim Shin and Amy Wang.
The UW women enter the event ranked fourth nationally behind Duke, UCLA and Auburn. Purdue is 30th in the Golfweek standings. Shin, a freshman, is the highest ranked Husky at 20th. Mackenzie is 27th while Lee is 31st.
The Husky men are ranked 26th by Golfweek entering the Match Play Championship while their first-round opponent, Georgia State, is 18th in the standings. Prugh is Washington's top-ranked player, coming in 19th in the latest Golfweek standings.
Georgia was named the top seed in the men's bracket while Duke nabbed the No. 1 spot in the women's field. The men's and women's tournaments will be played simultaneously with the men competing on El Campeón and the women teeing off on Las Colinas. Invitation to the Match Play was based on 2004 national championship finish and includes both the defending men's and women's national champions.
Georgia Tech will face No. 16 seed Penn State in the first round of the men's tournament. The winner of the Georgia Tech-Penn State match will advance to meet the winner of Pac-10/Big Ten clash between eighth-seeded Arizona and ninth-seeded Purdue. Kentucky grabbed the fourth seed where it will face No. 13 seeded Clemson. A match-up between fifth-seeded Texas and No. 12 Pepperdine completes the top half of the bracket. Oklahoma State earned the tournament's second seed and will face defending national champion California. Florida - the event's defending champion and seventh seed - will face UCLA in the opening round. Third-seeded Georgia will face No. 14 Texas A&M while sixth-seeded Georgia State tees off against No. 11 Washington in other first-round action.
In the women's bracket, Duke will meet No. 16 UNLV in first-round action. Defending national champion UCLA is the fifth seed and will battle Pac-10 rival Arizona. Eight-seeded Furman faces ninth-seed Texas while fourth-seeded Washington squares off against Purdue. Oklahoma State's women's squad also earned a second seed in the tournament and faces North Carolina. Arizona State grabbed the third seed and will tee off against Texas A&M. Matches pitting sixth-seeded Tennessee against No. 11 Wake Forest and seventh-seeded New Mexico versus No. 10 Florida complete opening round action.
Live scoring of the tournament will be available at golfstat.com
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