Mission Accomplished: Husky Golfers Rally for NCAA Berth

May 7, 2005

Gainesville, FL - Needing to advance four spots on the leaderboard to have a top-eight finish and advance to the NCAA Championships, the Washington women's golf team did just that during the final round of the East Regional Championship. Washington shot 16-over 296, its best round of the 54-hole tournament, to finish eighth at 900 and grab the final qualifying spot.

Heading into the final round, the Huskies were one of five teams with a realistic chance at eighth. Vanderbilt, which was eighth after two rounds, shot 305 to fall back to 10th at 904. South Carolina posted a 303 and was ninth, three shots behind the Huskies. Campbell shot 308 and slid to 11th at 908 and Princeton finished with a 309 to drop to 12th at 911.

Ohio State won the tournament by eight stokes over top-ranked Duke. The Buckeyes finished at 16-over 856. Furman was third at 871 followed by Pepperdine (874) in fourth place, Virginia (881) was fifth, Tulane (885) was sixth and Florida (886) placed seventh.

The Huskies were led during the final round by solid outings from sophomores Amber Prange and Courtney McCracken. Playing in her first NCAA regional, McCracken shot 1-over 71 Saturday to top the Husky scoring. That equaled her best single-round score of the season. MaCracken finished 33rd overall at 15-over 225, which bettered her previous best tournament score by two strokes.

Prange posted a 2-over 72 during the final round and was UW's top finisher in 19th place at 11-over 221. Prange's performance was the second straight tournament she has led the Huskies in scoring. She led UW at the Pac-10s with a ninth-place finish.

Paige Mackenzie shot 76 during the last 18 holes to place 33rd at 227 while Kim Shin carded a 77 to finish 60th at 231. Sung Ea Lee was 77th overall at 235 after shooting 79 Saturday.

Duke's Anna Grzebien used a final round 67 to wrap up medalist honors at 1-under 209. Furman's Jenny Suh and Virginia's Leah Wigger tied for second at even-par 210.

The Huskies advance to the NCAA Championships for the fourth time in the last five years. It is the program's seventh NCAA Championship appearance. The NCAA East Regional marked the 13th consecutive season the Huskies have appeared in an NCAA regional championship.

The NCAA Championships will take place May 17-20 at the Sunriver Resort on the Meadows Course in Sunriver, Ore. The host school is Oregon State. Washington opened its season there, finishing second to Duke at the Fall Preview.

The Huskies are one of six Pac-10 teams that qualified for the championship. Also representing the conference will be West Regional Champion UCLA, California, USC, Stanford and Arizona State.

NCAA East Regional Championship
University of Florida Golf Course
Gainesville, FL
Par-70, 6,023 yards
Final Results

Team Results 1. Ohio State             285-280-291-856 2. Duke                   292-283-287-862 3. Furman                 291-291-287-871 4. Pepperdine             294-291-289-874 5. Virginia               292-297-292-881 6. Tulane                 293-292-300-885 7. Florida                287-301-298-886 8. Washington             306-298-296-900 9. South Carolina         293-307-303-90310. Vanderbilt             307-292-305-90411. Campbell               297-303-308-90812. Princeton              302-300-300-91113. Miami                  303-304-305-91214. North Carolina State   319-299-297-91515. UNC-Wilmington         306-308-306-92016. Mississippi State      306-308-311-92517. East Carolina          309-305-315-92918. James Madison          309-317-306-93219. Coastal Carolina       323-317-322-95220. Jacksonville St.       325-315-320-96021. Jackson State          328-332-330-990

Top Individuals 1. Anna Grzebien, Duke 73-69-67-209 2. Jenny Suh, Furman 69-69-72-210 2. Leah Wigger, Virginia 70-67-73-210 4. Alison Walshe, Tulane 70-73-69-212 5. Brittany Lang, Duke 74-68-71-213 5. Carolina Llano, Pepperdine 70-72-71-213 7. Dana Je, Ohio State 71-71-72-214 7. Kristen White, Ohio State 73-69-72-214 9. Kristen Svicarovich, Vanderbilt 77-69-70-21610. Sandra Gal, Florida 71-74-72-21710. Elizabeth Janangelo, Duke 72-71-74-21710. Lindsay Knowlton, Ohio State 79-68-70-21710. Theresa Paik, Furman 71-76-70-217

Washington Results19. Amber Prange 74-75-72-22133. Courtney McCracken 78-76-71-22538. Paige Mackenzie 74-77-76-22760. Kim Shin 83-71-77-23177. Sung Ea Lee 80-76-79-235

NCAA West Regional (at Stanford)1. UCLA 304-299-286-889 (+25)1. Tennessee 291-310-288-8893. California 296-307-288-8914. Southern California 293-302-297-8925. Oklahoma State 304-301-293-8986. UC Irvine 308-300-298-9066. BYU 298-305-303-9068. Stanford 306-301-301-908

Individual ChampionSophia Sheridan, California 69-73-70-212 (-4)

NCAA Central Regional (at Texas Tech)1. Auburn 294-309-293-896 (+32)2. Texas A&M 293-310-300-9033. Missouri 291-312-302-9054. Arizona State 296-310-300-9065. Tulsa 298-310-300-9085. Purdue 295-309-304-9087. Michigan State 300-307-302-9098. Arkansas 300-311-304-915

Individual ChampionDiana Ramage, Auburn 68-77-67-212 (-4)