Mackenzie Heads South for Nabisco Championship

March 27, 2006

Seattle - Washington senior golfer Paige Mackenzie heads to Mission Hills, Calif., this week to participate in the 2006 Kraft Nabisco Championship, an LPGA event for which she has received a sponsor's exemption. Other college and amateur players accepting exemptions include Anna Grzebien of Duke University, Maria Martinez of Auburn University, and top junior players Sydnee Michaels of Temecula, Calif., In Bee Park of Las Vegas, Nev., and Angela Park of Torrance, Calif. The 35th-annual event takes place on Mission Hills' par-72, 6,535-yard course, March 30-April 2.

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. Mackenzie has been nominated for the 2006 Nancy Lopez Award based on her amateur golf accomplishments in 2005.

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