Mackenzie Guides UW to 2nd Place at Topy Cup

Sept. 8, 2005

Fukushima, Japan - The sixth-ranked Washington women's golf placed second at the Topy Cup that concluded Thursday at the Tanagura Country Club in Fukushima, Japan. The Huskies shot 13-over 301 during the final round to move past Arizona State by one shot with a 54-hole total of 913. Tohoku Fukushi won the tournament with a score of 899.

Washington senior Paige Mackenzie fired a 4-under 68 for the second time during the event to place second overall at 1-under 215. Miki Saiki of Tohoku Fukushi took medalist honors by finishing at 3-under 213. Saiki was a member of the Japanese team that competed in the USA vs. Japan Collegiate Golf Championship. Arizona State's top finisher was Alissa Kuczka who as fourth at 3-over 219.

Washington was ranked sixth today in Golfweek's preseason top-10 collegiate poll. UCLA was first followed by Duke, Pepperdine, Georgia and Auburn. Arizona was behind the Huskies in seventh place followed by USC, Florida and Tennessee.

Mackenzie, who was ranked by Golfweek as the nation's second best player behind Duke's Anna Grzebien, opened the tournament with a 68 to grab the first round lead but fell back on the leaderboard after posting a 7-over 79 during the second round. Mackenzie's finish marked the 18th time in her career she has placed in the top 10.

Husky junior Amber Prange tied for seventh at 8-over 224 after shooting 74 during the final round. Sophomore Courtney McCracken was 10th at 236 with a final round 79. Sophomore Kim Shin was 25th at 239 including an 81 during the final 18 holes and Sung Ea Lee was 32nd at 249, including an 80 on Thursday.

Prange's finish was her fifth top-10 showing and bettered any outing she had last year. She was ninth twice, including the Pac-10 Championships.

The Huskies are scheduled to return to Seattle Saturday. They will return to play Oct. 10-12 when they host the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational at Sahalee Country Club.

2005 Topy CupU.S. - Japan Intercollegiate Golf ChampionshipTanagura Country Club, Fukushima, JapanPar-72, 6,010 yards

Team Results1. Tohoku Fukushi 302-301-296-8992. Washington 295-317-301-9133. Arizona State 300-311-303-9144. Senshu 311-307-298-9165. Nihch 312-325-293-930

Individual Results1. Miki Saiki, Tohoku Fukushi 72-70-71-2132. Paige Mackenzie, Washington 68-79-68-2153. C. Yamamoto, Tohoku Fukushi 73-73-71-2174. Alissa Kuczka, Arizona State 71-76-72-2195. K Hayashi, Senshu 73-74-73-220

Washington Results 2. Paige Mackenzie 68-79-68-215 7. Amber Prange 72-78-74-22420. Courtney McCracken 76-81-79-23625. Kim Shin 79-79-81-23932. Sung Ea Lee 85-84-80-249

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