Bixler's 68 Leads Huskies at National Invitational
March 28, 2005
Tucson, AZ -
Behind the 4-under 68 of freshman Zach Bixler (Richland), the 25th-ranked Washington men's golf team moved up to 13th at the National Invitational Tournament being played at Tucson National Golf Club. The Huskies shot 3-over 291 Monday and enter Tuesday's final round at 5-over 581 after 36 holes of play.
TCU held onto its first round lead after shooting 5-under 283 during the second round. The Horned Frogs lead Arkansas by a single stroke at 559 while Texas and Arizona are tied for third at 562.
Bixler is tied for ninth with five other players at 4-under 140 with 18 holes of play remaining. He is looking to make his second straight top-10 finish after placing fourth at Oregon's Duck Invitational last week. Bixler finished that event at 3-under 213.
Alex Prugh, who was eighth after the first round, dropped back to 15th overall, just a single-stroke behind Bixler. Prugh shot 1-over 73 Monday after starting the tournament with a 68. James Lepp and Sterling Clark are tied for 66th at 150 while Erik Olson is 73rd at 152.
TCU's J.J. Killeen continues to lead the 75-man field after two rounds. Killeen carded a three-under 69 Monday and leads the event by one stroke with a nine-under 135 total. Four players are tied for second place at eight-under 136.
National Invitational Tournament
Tucson National Golf Club
Par 72, 7,094 yards
Team Results 1. TCU 276-283-559 2. Arkansas 282-278-560 3. Texas 286-276-562 3. Arizona (A) 281-281-562 5. Arizona (B) 280-283-563 6. UNLV 277-287-564 7. New Mexico 280-286-566 8. Pepperdine 286-285-571 9. Arizona State 280-292-57210. Tulsa 286-286-57311. USC 287-289-57512. Minnesota 289-287-57613. Washington 290-291-58114. Kent State 285-298-583
Top Individuals1. J.J. Killeen, TCU 66-69-1352. Matt Bortis, Arkansas 69-67-1362. Nick Juszczak, Arizona 68-68-1362. Ryan Keeney, UNLV 67-69-1362. Matthew Rosenfeld, Texas 69-67-1366. Nathan Lashley, Arizona 70-68-1387. Shaun Goodwin, Texas 72-67-1397. Michael Putnam, Pepperdine 67-72-1399. Zach Bixler, Washington 72-68-1409. Scott Campbell, Arkansas 71-69-1409. Trey Denton, Arizona 70-70-1409. Madalitso Muthiya, New Mexico 70-70-1409. David Schultz, TCU 67-73-1409. Drew Stoltz, TCU 70-70-140
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