Mackenzie Records First Top-10 Finish for UW

May 20, 2005

Sunriver, OR - Washington junior All-American Paige Mackenzie added another line to her impressive collegiate resume. Friday when she became the first Husky golfer to record a top-10 finish at the NCAA Championships. Mackenzie helped Washington to a 14th-place finish at the tournament, the second best performance in team history. Washington shot 15-over 299 during the final round for a 72-hole total of 65-over 1201.

Mackenzie posted a 2-over 73 during the final day for a 72-hole total of 8-over 292. It was the second best gross score by a Husky at the NCAAs. Last year she was 11th at 288. As a freshman Mackenzie placed 25th at the NCAAs, shooting 294.

Mackenzie finished six strokes behind Duke's Anna Grzebien who also carded a 73 during the final round. Grzebien's 72-hole total of 286 edged Virginia's Leah Wigger by one stroke for the individual title. Mackenzie was the third-best Pac-10 performer, trailing only UCLA's Amie Cochran (288) and California's Claire Dury (290).

Duke won its third national championship by shooting 34-over 1170 for the week. UCLA, the defending champions, were second at 1175. Auburn placed third at 1176.

'I struggled this spring, so for me it was a good week,' said Mackenzie who entered the NCAA Championships ranked 24th in the latest Golfweek standings. 'It's a little disappointing because there were so many strokes that I threw away. I can think of two or three strokes everyday that were gimmies. Overall I'm satisfied how the week turned out because I haven't hit the ball this consistently well in a while.'

Mackenzie ran into some bad luck down the stretch. She double-bogied the par-three 17th hole and then her approach shot on 18 ricocheted off the flagstick and came to a rest 20 feet from the hole. She finished the hole with a par.

'It was too bad she kind of stubbed her toe coming in,' said Husky coach Mary Lou Mulflur. 'She continues to rise to the occasion and play her best golf when it is needed the most. I'm really pleased for her. From tee to green, she hit the ball as well as anybody in the field this week.

Washington's finish was the second best in school history. Only last season's sixth-place showing was better. It was still a disappointment to a team that was ranked in the top-10 all season and finished second on the same course last September at the Fall Preview, trailing only Duke.

'Finishing 14th is a disappointment to us, but that says a lot about where our program is,' Mackenzie said. '

'We could never get anything going all week,' said UW coach Mary Lou Mulflur. 'It was a frustrating way to end the year.'

Husky sophomore Amber Prange had an impressive week, placing 16th overall at 296. She had rounds of 72, 77, 72 and 75. Her finish was the third best by a Husky at the NCAA Championships. She was 93rd at last year's event.

Washington sophomore Sung Ea Lee shot 76 Friday to place 78th overall at 306 while sophomore Courtney McCracken, playing in the NCAAs for the first time, was 92nd at 309, including a 77 during the final round. UW freshman Kim Shin had her best outing during the final 18 holes, shooting 75 to finish 117th at 317.

Washington returns its entire roster of seven players next season and adds one recruit to the team.

'We had a couple of players experience this for the first time and a couple here for just the second time,' noted Mulflur. 'I think that will help us in the long term in how we approach this next year.'

2005 NCAA Divison I Women's Golf Championships
The Meadows Course
Sunriver, Ore.
Par-71, 6312 yards
Fourth Round Results

Team Results 1. Duke 292-303-278-297-1170 2. UCLA 288-302-292-293-1175 2. Auburn 290-296-295-295-1176 4. Pepperdine 291-295-299-294-1179 5. California 295-299-296-290-1180 6. Tennessee 300-303-297-285-1187 6. Ohio State 301-296-300-291-1187 8. Arizona State 304-301-297-289-1190 8. Oklahoma State 298-306-299-287-119010. Florida 301-304-297-293-119511. Southern California 287-312-301-296-119611. Arkansas 296-307-293-301-119713. Virginia 304-308-295-293-120014. Washington 292-314-296-299-120115. Tulane 305-312-299-286-120216. Missouri 307-300-296-302-120517. Michigan State 304-301-299-302-120618. UC Irvine 311-304-297-299-121119. Stanford 300-311-298-303-121220. Purdue 309-302-304-301-121621. Furman 307-301-309-300-121722. Texas A&M 305-306-309-299-121923. Tulsa 307-313-310-292-122224. Brigham Young 305-317-316-300-1238

Individual Leaders 1. Anna Grzebien, Duke 73-75-65-73-286 2. Leah Wigger, Virginia 73-72-73-69-287 3. Amie Cochran, UCLA 71-79-70-68-288 3. Brittany Lang, Duke 74-75-68-71-288 5. Nicole Hage, Auburn 73-75-71-71-289 6. Claire Dury, California 74-73-72-71-290 6. Carolina Llano, Pepperdine 69-77-72-72-290 8. Brooke Shelton, LSU 71-75-72-73-291 8. Annie Thurman-Young, Okla State 75-75-73-68-29110. Paige Mackenzie, Washington 72-74-73-73-29210. Dewi Schreefel, USC 70-74-74-74-29212. Diana Ramage, Auburn 73-71-76-73-29312. Erin Tone, Arizona State 75-73-72-73-293

Washington Scores 10. Paige Mackenzie 72-74-73-73-292 16. Amber Prange 72-77-72-75-296 78. Sung Ea Lee 74-81-75-76-306 92. Courtney McCracken 74-82-76-77-309117. Kim Shin 79-85-78-75-317

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