Mackenzie Nominated for Nancy Lopez Award
Feb. 27, 2006
Seattle - Washington senior golfer Paige Mackenzie has been nominated for the 2006 Nancy Lopez Award based on her amateur golf accomplishments in 2005. The Nancy Lopez Award is an annual award presented to the world's most outstanding female amateur golfer for her accomplishments in the previous year.
Mackenzie, from Yakima, Wash., placed 10th at the 2005 NCAA Women's Golf Championship, the best individual finish in Husky history. She helped Washington to a 14th-place finish at the tournament, the second best performance in team history.
The two-time All-American followed up her NCAA performance by finishing first at the U.S. Open qualifier in Denver and then placing second at the Colorado Open. She completed her two-week stay in Colorado by placing 13th at the U.S. Women's Open, third-highest among amateurs at the event. Mackenzie was the runner-up at the Pacific Northwest Golf Association's Amateur Championship before winning the Women's Trans National Golf Association championship at the Mid Pines Inn and Golf Club in Southern Pines, N.C. She also advanced to the semifinals of the 103rd North and South Women's Amateur Championship.
The seventh annual Nancy Lopez Award will be presented at a special award dinner during the 2006 Atlanta Charity Championship hosted by Nancy Lopez on April 20, 2006. The winner will receive an automatic exemption to compete in the LPGA tour event as well as a commemorative Waterford Crystal trophy. Past winners of the award include Paula Creamer, Lorena Ochoa and Virada Nirapathpongporn.