UW Golfers Rally in Second Round to Stand 8th at Pac-10s

April 25, 2005

Walla Walla - After a disappointing opening round of play, the Washington men's golf team put on an impressive display during its afternoon round to finish the first day of play at the Pac-10 Championships in eighth place. The 29th-ranked Huskies shot 371 during the opening round of the five-man scoring event to stand in last place. The UW contingent improved its second round score by 18 strokes for a 36-hole total of 14-over 724.

Four of UW's six golfers shot par or better during the second round. Washington's team score of 2-under 353 was the second best score during the afternoon.

The 72-hole tournament, being played at the Walla Walla Country Club, runs through Wednesday.

UCLA grabbed the tournament's early lead by posting rounds of 352 and 355 to hold a two-stroke lead at 3-under 707. Arizona State is second at 709.

Washington was led by the steady play of sophomore Erik Olson. He shot 1-under 70 in the morning and then 2-under 69 in the afternoon to tie for fifth at 3-under 139. Olson trails Arizona State's Pat Moore by five strokes. Moore posted back-to-back rounds of 4-under 67 and leads the field by three shots.

Olson has struggled of late for the Huskies, finishing last on the team in his last two outings. He has not shot under par during a tournament since finishing the Waikoloa Intercollegiate at 6-under 210 in February. Last year Olson was 28th at the Pac-10s with a 14-over score of 302. The Huskies were fourth at the 2004 event.

Washington's James Lepp and Alex Prugh are tied for 27th at 3-over 145. Lepp shot 74 and 71 while Prugh started with a 75 and posted a 70 in the afternoon. Sterling Clark is 33rd at 146 while Zach Bixler is 47th at 149 and Joe Panzeri is 55th at 152.

Live results of the event can be found at golfstat.com

Pac-10 Championships
Walla Walla Country Club
Par 71, 6,606 yards
1st and 2nd Round Results

Team Results 1. UCLA               352-355-707 2. Arizona State      351-358-709 3. California         353-361-714 3. USC                362-352-714 5. Washington State   359-358-717 6. Arizona            356-366-722 7. Stanford           363-359-722 8. Washington         371-353-724 9. Oregon             369-357-72610. Oregon State       363-366-729

Individual Leaders1. Pat Moore, Arizona State 67_67-1342. Kevin Chappel, UCLA 67_70-1372. Michael Jensen, California 69_68-1374. Brandon Beck, California 69-69-1385. Erik Olson, Washington 70_69-1395. Taylor Wood, USC 68_71-1397. Alejandro Canizares, Arizona State 71-69-1407. Kevin Chen, Washington State 70_70-1407. Nathan Lashley, Arizona 68_72-1407. Tyler Ley, USC 72-68-140

Washington Results 5. Erik Olson 70-69-13927. James Lepp 74-71-14527. Alex Prugh 75-70-14533. Sterling Clark 75-71-14647. Zach Bixler 77-72-14955. Joe Panzeri 80-72-152

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