UW Golfers Finish Third at West Regional
May 21, 2005
Stanford, CA - The Washington men's golf team finished third at the NCAA West Regional to advance to the NCAA Championships for the seventh consecutive year. Seeded 10th, the Huskies finished the 54-hole tournament at 14-over 854, eight strokes behind regional champion UNLV. New Mexico was second at 849.
The Huskies will play for the national championship June 1-4 at Caves Valley Country Club just outside of Baltimore. Last year Washington placed sixth at the NCAA Championships. The Huskies will be joined from the West Regional field by UCLA, Arizona State, BYU, San Diego State, Arizona and Stanford. Pepperdine South Carolina and USC will playoff for the 10th spot.
The Huskies were led on the final day of play by junior James Lepp, who shot 2-under 68. Lepp started his final round with a birdie but was 2-over par following a double bogie on the 14th hole. He then birdied the final four holes on the Stanford Golf Course to finish 25th overall at 5-over 215.
Sophomore Erik Olson, the Pac-10 Champion, was UW's top overall finisher in 10th place at 1-over 211. Olson had rounds of 69, 70 and 72. His 2-over score on Saturday marked the first time in his last seven rounds he did not shoot par or better. The regional marked his fifth top-10 showing this year.
Classmate Alex Prugh was 12th overall, one stroke behind Olson at 2-over 212. Prugh shot 71, 70 and 71. Freshman Joe Panzeri recorded his best tournament score as a collegian by finishing 49th at 8-over 218. Fellow first-year player Zach Bixler was 97th at 226.
The top 10 team from each of the three regional tournaments make up the field for the NCAA Championship. Qualifying from the East were Wake Forest, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Georgia State, Alabama, Georgia Tech, Coastal Carolina, Duke and Georgia Southern. The Central Regional qualified teams from Augusta State, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Tulsa, Kentucky, Arkansas, Missouri, SMU, Texas and Purdue.
Only four other teams, Arizona, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Oklahoma State can match Washington's streak of seven straight NCAA Championship appearances.
NCAA West Regional Championship
Stanford Golf Course
Par 70, 6,742 yards
Final Round Results
Team Results 1. UNLV 281-277-288-846 2. New Mexico 284-284-281-849 3. Washington 286-282-286-854 4. UCLA 288-288-281-857 4. Arizona State 290-281-286-857 6. Brigham Young 278-284-296-858 7. San Diego State 286-290-284-860 8. Arizona 283-296-284-863 8. Stanford 289-291-283-86310. Pepperdine 279-292-293-86410. USC 286-292-286-86410. South Carolina 289-288-287-86413. Auburn 290-293-284-86914. St. Mary's 295-285-290-87014. Oregon 292-298-280-87016. Denver 294-296-283-87317. UC Riverside 295-290-297-88218. South Alabama 295-297-291-88319. Fresno State 295-299-292-88620. Colorado State 303-299-285-89021. Texas-Arlington 297-310-294-89822. Cal Poly-SLO 297-307-297-90123. Illinois State 303-309-292-90424. Louisiana State 294-301-311-90625. Princeton 306-301-301-90826. Samford 312-302-299-91327. Central Conn. State 302-317-301-920
Individual Leaders 1. Rob Grube, Stanford 69-70-65-204 2. Kevin Chappell, UCLA 71-67-69-207 2. Nathan Lashley, Arizona 66-72-69-207 4. Oscar Alvarez, Brigham Young 63-71-74-208 5. Pat Moore, Arizona State 69-69-71-209 6. Spencer Levin, New Mexico 72-71-67-210 6. Ryan Moore, UNLV 69-69-72-210 6. Madalitso Muthiya, New Mexico 69-71-70-210 6. Gilberto Rodriguez, San Diego St. 69-74-67-21010. Erik Olson, Washington 69-70-72-21110. Gregg LaVoie, Oregon 70-70-71-211