Fourth-ranked Huskies Travel to Oregon

March 20, 2005

Seattle - The fourth-ranked Washington women's golf team is one of 16 squads playing at Oregon's Duck Invitational Monday and Tuesday at the par-72, 6,103-yard Shadow Hills Country Club in Junction City, Ore. The tournament features 36 holes of play Monday and 18 holes Tuesday. Play starts at 8 a.m. both days.

In addition to Huskies, the field includes No. 18 Stanford, No. 22 Washington State -- the two-time defending team champions -- California, Fresno State, Idaho, Long Beach State, Nevada, Oregon, Oregon State, Portland, Portland State, San Diego State, San Francisco, Weber State, Western Washington and Wyoming.

Washington is led by junior Paige Mackenzie, who has a 73.33 stroke average through 18 rounds and six tournaments. Mackenzie has been UW's top finisher in three of its last four tournament appearances. She was fourth overall in our last outing as the Huskies placed second at the Spartan Invitational.

The Huskies have placed in the top five of all six tournaments this year. Washington has finished second in four of those events.

The Cougars defeated the Ducks by one stroke, 913 to 914, to win last season's tournament. Oregon has never won its own event, having finished second last year as well as 1990 and 1999.

Kim Welch of Washington State will try for an unprecedented fourth consecutive individual title. She won the event last year when the women played at Eugene CC and claimed victory in 2003 at Shadow Hills by shooting a 7-under 209. She garnered her first Duck Invitational title in 2002 at Mallard Creek.

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