Husky Women's Golf Team Opens NCAA Play
May 4, 2005
Seattle - The eighth-ranked Washington women's golf team will participate in the 2005 NCAA East Regional Golf Championship as the number-three seed in a tournament field of 21 teams. Florida will serve as the host school for regional, May 5-7, on the University of Florida Golf Course.
A total of 324 participants have been selected for the regional competition. Of these players, 126 will advance to the championship final, held on May 17-20. Eight teams and two individuals will advance from each region. The NCAA final will be held at the Sunriver Resort on the Meadows Course in Sunriver, Ore., as Oregon State and Sunriver Resort will serve as hosts. The Central Regional will be hosted by Texas Tech and the West Regional is being held at New Mexico State.
The East Regional will feature seven of the top-25 teams in the nation in the latest GolfWeek rankings, including No. 1 Duke, No. 6 Pepperdine, No. 8 Washington, No. 10 Ohio State, No. 11 Florida, No. 13 Tulane and No. 19 Furman. Other teams in the NCAA East Regional include Virginia, NC Wilmington, Miss. State, NC State, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Miami, East Carolina, Coastal Carolina, Princeton, James Madison, Jackson State, Jacksonville State, Campbell.
The East Regional will mark the first time the Huskies have played on the Florida Golf Course. The Huskies competed in the Sunshine State last November during the National Match Play Championships at The Mission Inn Golf and Tennis Resort at Howie-in-the-Hills.
The NCAA East Regional Championship is a 54-hole format on the par-70, 6,023-yard University of Florida Golf Course. One round (18 holes) will be played Thursday-Saturday, May 5-7. The low four scores for each five-player team will count towards the team total. First and second round pairings are predetermined based on seedings. Tee times for the final round will be based on results. Teams will tee off using both the first and 10th tees. The top four scores from each five-person team will count toward the team score. A practice round will take place Wednesday.
The 2005 NCAA East Regional Championship will begin on Thursday, May 5 at 7:30 a.m. with individuals, while the second half of the tournament is slated to tee-off at 11:50 a.m. Washington will tee off starting at 8:30 a.m. Thursday from the number-one tee. The Huskies will be paired with Duke and Pepperdine during the opening round. Those same three teams will start their second round at 12:40 on Friday. There will be 10-minute intervals between tee times during the tournament.
Results and Live Stats
Results from the tournament will be live and are available at GolfStat.com or by visiting Florida's website GatorZone. Complete results and a recap will be available at gohuskies.com after each round.
Washington coach Mary Lou Mulflur's lineup for the NCAA Championship is: Junior Paige Mackenzie (Yakima, Wash.), freshman Kim Shin (Mountlake Terrace, Wash.), junior Sung Ea Lee (Tacoma, Wash.), sophomore Amber Prange (Noblesville, Ind.) and sophomore Courtney McCracken (Eagle, Idaho).
Washington's berth into the 2005 East Regional marks the 13th consecutive year and the Huskies have reached the NCAA Regional. Washington has managed to advance to the NCAA Championships during six of its previous 12 regional appearances, including three of the past four years.
Last Year's Regional
Last season the Huskies placed fourth at the West Regional held at Stanford. It marked the best finish ever by a Husky squad at a regional site. Washington turned in rounds of 298, 309 and 285 on the par-72 course for a 54-hole total of 892. UCLA was first at 861 followed by California (868) and Stanford (883). Paige Mackenzie was Washington's top finisher, placing seventh at 1-over 217. Mackenzie shot 75 in the first two rounds and then fired a 5-under 67 during the final round. That was her best round as a collegiate. Sung Ea Lee was 15th at 221, Ashley Bickerton placed 45th at 229, Amber Prange was 47th at 230 and Lindsay Morgan was 63rd at 234.
While the postseason will be the ultimate determining factor, the Huskies are arguably having their best season ever to this point. Ranked eighth, Washington has been as high as second (Golfweek) in the polls after its runnerup finish last fall at The Preview. That stands as the highest ranking in the program's history. The Huskies won one tournament title during the regular season, bettering the field at the California Collegiate in early April. Washington was the runnerup at four other events including the Fall Preview, Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational, Las Vegas Collegiate and the Spartan Invitational. Washington placed in the top-five in six of 10 tournaments.
Four members of the Washington women's golf team were named to the 2005 All-Pac-10 Conference squad. Husky junior Paige Mackenzie was named a first-team All-Pac-10 performer marking the second consecutive year she has received the honor. She becomes just the third UW player to be a two-time 1st-team all-conference honoree. Sophomore Amber Prange, freshman Kim Shin and junior Sung Ea Lee were named honorable mention all-Pac-10 selections.
While Washington is the only Pac-10 team in the field at the East Regional, the Huskies are one of nine Pac-10 teams that received bids to NCAA Regional Championship sites. Arizona State is the number-two seed in the Central Regional while seven (UCLA, USC, Arizona, California, Stanford, Washington State, Oregon) Pac-10 teams populate the West Regional where the Bruins are the top seed.
Noting the Huskies
Washington's regional lineup does not include any seniors ... freshman Kim Shin led the Huskies in UW's first two tournaments of the season, including an eighth-place finish at the Fall Preview ... Husky junior Paige Mackenzie was the subject of a 30-second institutional message that aired during the telecast of numerous Husky sporting events this season ... Paige Mackenzie, Kim Shin and Sung Ea Lee played in all 10 of Washington's events this year ... Mackenzie's current scoring average ranks as the best single-season mark in school history ... UW freshman Kim Shin's 74.8 scoring average ranks as the fifth best single-season mark in UW history ... former UW women's golf coach Edean Ihlanfeldt was presented the Gladys Palmer Meritorious Service Award by the College Golf Foundation at the National Collegiate Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame Banquet in January ... Husky coach Mary Lou Mulflur was inducted into the Portland Interscholastic League Hall of Fame last fall.
2005 NCAA East Regional Teams
4. Ohio State
9. NC - Wilmington
10. Miss. State
12. South Carolina
14. Miami (Fla.)
15. East Carolina
16. Coastal Carolina
18. James Madison
19. Jackson State
20. Jacksonville State