Former Husky Rob Rashell Qualifies for U.S. Open
June 7, 2005
Seattle - Rob Rashell became the second former Washington golfer to qualify for the U.S. Open at a Sectional Qualifier this week. Rashell tied for fifth at the site in Rockville, Md., at the Woodmont Country Club. Rashell, a rookie on the PGA Tour, shot rounds of 65 and 68 for a 36-hole total of 133. There were 22 places available for the Open at the Woodmont site.
Rashell, an Everett native, lettered at Washington from 1996-1999. As a senior he was a member of the Husky team that placed fourth at the NCAA Championships. This year he earned a spot on the PGA Tour by successfully qualifying from Q-School.
Former Husky Troy Kelly (Bremerton) also qualified for the U.S. Open this week. Kelly was the runnerup at the 1999 NCAA Championships. He led the Huskies in stroke average in both 1999 and 2000.
Next week two members of the Husky women's golf team will attempt to qualify for the U.S. Women's Open. Junior All-American Paige Mackenzie (Yakima) and freshman Kim Shin (Mountlake Terrace), will play in the 36-hole Sectional at the Denver Country Club on Monday, June 13. Mackenzie advanced to the event after winning the the local qualifer at Royal Oaks Country Club in Vancouver on May 24 by shooting 72. Her score was was four strokes better than the second-place finisher. Shin received an exemption after participating in last year's U.S Women's Open.