UW Hosts Washington National Winter Championship

Feb. 14, 2005

Seattle - The Washington men's golf team, which jumped from 26th to 20th in this week's Golfweek Collegiate Rankings, will host the two-day Washington National Winter Championship Feb. 21-22 in Auburn. The inaugural event is a B-Team competition for the Huskies. Washington will be joined by eight other schools from the Pacific Northwest for the 54-hole tournament.

The field for the tournament includes Gonzaga, Idaho, Oregon, Oregon State, Portland, St. Martin's, Washington State and Western Washington. Washington National Golf Club will play at par-72 and approximately 7,300 yards for the event. The tournament begins with a modified shotgun start on Washington National's front side at 8 a.m. on Monday and at 7:45 a.m. on Tuesday from the first and 10th tees. Monday's play includes 36 holes of competition while a single-round is slated for Tuesday.

Washington's lineup will feature Travis Andrews, Joe Panzeri, Sterling Clark, Seth Yates and Chad Gorney. Yates and Gorney joined the Husky squad this week. They replace Cody Upham and Reid Rader who decided to leave the Husky program.

Yates and Gorney placed behind Andrews last fall at the team's annual walkon tryouts. Yates was a freshman on the Husky soccer team during the 2002 season but did not play in any matches. A native of Edmond, Okla., he played for the Edmond Santa Fe High School team for four seasons and advanced to the state tournament twice.

Gorney, who attended Cascade High School in Everett, is an Evans Scholarship recipient as a former caddy at Everett Country Club. He was third at the 2004 Washington State Amateur Championship. He tied for 24th as a senior at the 4A State Championship.

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