Mackenzie Qualifies for U.S. Women's Open

June 14, 2005

Seattle - Washington junior All-American golfer Paige Mackenzie (Yakima) qualified for the U.S. Women's Open today at the Sectional Qualifier at the Denver Country Club. Mackenzie carded rounds of 72 and 73 to tie with two other participants for first place and earn one of the tournament's three qualifying positions to the U.S. Women's Open. A total of 27 golfers were attempting to qualify from the site.

Teammate Kim Shin, a freshman from Mountlake Terrace, failed to advance after shooting 79 and 77 at the same tournament.

The 60th U.S. Women's Open will take place June 23-26 at Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village, Colo. Mackenzie will stay in Denver this week to play in the Colorado Open that takes place Wednesday through Friday.

This year's U.S. Women's Open will be the longest in the tournament's history. The par-71 Cherry Hills course is set at 6,749 yards. The championship includes 72 holes of stroke play. The field of 156 players will be cut to the 60 lowest scorers and anyone tying for 60th place after 36 holes.

The U.S. Women's Open is open to any professional or amateur female golfer. Amateur golfers must maintain a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 4.4. A total of 1,158 entries were accepted for this year's tournament.

Last year Mackenzie's brother, Brock, a three-time All-American at Washington, played in the U.S. Men's Open. He failed to make the cut after 36 holes.

This season Mackenzie placed 10th at the NCAA Championships, becoming the first UW player to post a top-10 at the event. Mackenzie led the team with a 73.69 stroke average

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