Husky Golfers Open NCAA Play Tuesday
May 16, 2005
The 10th-ranked Washington women's golf team will participate in the 2005 NCAA Golf Championship after finishing eighth at the East Regional held in Gainesville, Fla. This year's tournament will take place May 17-20 on the Meadows Course at the Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Ore.
The NCAA Championship is a 72-hole format on the par-71, 6,312-yard Meadows Course. A total of 24 teams (three from each regional championship) and six at-large individuals (two from each regional) will comprise the field. One round (18 holes) will be played Tuesday-Friday, May 17-20. The low four scores for each five-player team will count towards the team total. First and second round pairings are predetermined based on regional finish. Tee times for the final two rounds 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. The Huskies will be paired with Stanford and Arkansas during the first and second rounds. That group will tee off from No. 10 starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday and from the first tee at 2:10 p.m. on Wednesday.
This year's NCAA Championship will be aired by The Golf Channel. Tournament coverage will include the final three rounds May 18-20. Calling the action will be host Steve Kashul, who will be joined by Golf Channel analysts Kay Cockerill and College Central's Steve Burkowski. Due to a late West Coast finish each day, air times for each round will be 1 - 3 a.m. ET, with each round also to be replayed the next afternoon.
Results and Live Stats
Live scoring for the NCAA Championship will be available at www.golfstat.com.
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).
This year's appearance is the seventh by Washington at the NCAA Championships and the fourth in the past five seasons. The Huskies competed in 1995, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002 and 2004. Washington's best finishes came last season when the Huskies placed sixth.
Washington needed a strong final round to rally for an eighth-place finish and earn the East Regional's final berth to the NCAA Championships. The Huskies shot 16-over 296 to break away from a pack of five teams that entered the final round with a shot at eighth place. The Huskies finished at 60-over 900, three strokes better than the ninth-place team. UW was in 12th place enter the last 18 holes. Due to weather, the first and second rounds of the tournament were played on Thursday. UW was led by Amber Prange, who was 19th overall at 221. Sophomore Courtney McCracken posted her best tournament score a 225 to place 33rd.
While the postseason will be the ultimate determining factor, the Huskies are arguably having their best season ever to this point. Ranked 10th, 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 has placed in the top-five in six of 11 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.
Washington is one of six Pac-10 teams that advanced to the NCAA Championships. Arizona State was fourth in the Central Regional while UCLA won the West. California was third in the West followed by USC. Stanford was eight in the West. The Pac-10 sent a total of nine teams to the regionals. Oregon, Arizona and Washington State failed to advance.
Noting the Huskies
Washington's 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 11 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 75.0 scoring average ranks as the seventh 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 Assoc. Hall of Fame Banquet in January ... UW's Mary Lou Mulflur was inducted into the Portland Interscholastic League Hall of Fame last fall.
The selected teams and individuals from each of the NCAA Regionals are:
EAST REGION: 1. Ohio State2. Duke3. Furman4. Pepperdine5. Virginia6. Tulane7. Florida8. WashingtonIndividuals: 1. Kristen Svicarovich, Vanderbilt2. Jenna Pearson, South Carolina
CENTRAL REGION: 1. Auburn2. Texas A&M3. Missouri4. Arizona State5. Tulsa6. Purdue7. Michigan State8. ArkansasIndividuals: 1. Lisa Ferrero, Texas2. Brooke Shelton, LSU
WEST REGION: 1. UCLA2. Tennessee3. California4. Southern California5. Oklahoma State6. UC Irvine7. Brigham Young8. StanfordIndividuals: 1. Kay Hoey, Long Beach State2. Johnna Nealy, Oregon