Mackenzie Wins Pac-10 Individual Championship
April 26, 2006
Oro Valley, Ariz. - Washington senior Paige Mackenzie shot 3-under 69 in the final round of the 20th Pac-10 Women's Golf Championship, giving her a total score of 5-under 211 and making her the 2006 Pac-10 Individual Champion. The two-time All-American, who started the round one stroke off the lead, shot four birdies with just one bogey. Her 3-under 69 was the best round of the day and was the third-best round recorded in the tournament. Mackenzie, who outdistanced runner-up Alissa Kuczka of Arizona State by four strokes, becomes the first Husky to win medalist honors at the Pac-10 Women's Golf Championship, which began in 1987.
'This just puts an exclamation point on Paige's great career,' said Washington head coach Mary Lou Mulflur. 'It's certainly the biggest individual win for any player on the women's side in the history of our program.
'She was just rock-solid today, from tee to green. She hit her fairways and greens and made a few long putts, which she hadn't done (earlier in the tournament).'
'It feels great,' said Mackenzie of her victory. 'It's obviously one of the bigger tournaments of the year, and we played against a great field. And it's the conference championship, so it feels really great to walk away on top.'
The 27th-ranked Huskies shot 14-over 302 as a team, finishing the three-round event in sixth at 46-over 910. UCLA won its third-straight team title by one stroke over Arizona State, finishing at 15-over 879.
Mackenzie shot even-par on the first two holes of the round before collecting a birdie on the par-4 third hole. After two more even-par holes, the Husky senior recorded her only bogey of the afternoon, taking six shots on the sixth hole, a par-5. She quickly bounced back, however, shooting birdies on the par-4 seventh and the par-3 eighth. Mackenzie then parred the next five holes before recording her last birdie of the day on the par-4 14th hole. She shot even-par on the last four holes to finish out the round.
'I hit the ball very similarly to the way I hit it the last couple of days,' Mackenzie said of her round. 'Except I made two longer puts, around 25 feet, that hadn't gone in on the previous days. I just focused on one shot at a time. I actually didn't know what had I shot until I added it up. I thought I shot 70 and it turned out that I shot 69. So that was a nice little surprise. But it just shows that I was trying to take it one shot at a time and I didn't get too caught up in what was going on around me.'
After she finished, Mackenzie had to endure a nerve-wracking wait while the other teams finished up, as the Huskies had teed off first.
'I was a little nervous,' Mackenzie said. 'But at that point I thought, `I did the best I could. I played great and now the chips will fall where they will.''
Mackenzie's three-round total of 5-under 211 was one stroke shy of her career-best, set three times at the Stanford Intercollegiate. It also tied for the second-lowest score in Pac-10 Championship history. The tournament win is the second of her career, the first coming on Nov. 4-5, 2003, when she took home medalist honors at the Kent Youel Invitational. Mackenzie also becomes the first Pac-10 Champion from a school north of the California border.
The win also made a dent in the Washington record books, as it marked the 20th Top-10 finish of Mackenzie's career, tying the Husky mark set by Kelli Kamimura. Mackenzie also broke the Washington record for career rounds played (now at 132), which she had shared with Louise Friberg. Her two tournament wins rank fourth in Husky history. Mackenzie's scoring average for the season now stands at 73.19, a mark that would break the record of 73.7 that she set last year, were the season to end today.
Amber Prange was the Huskies' second-place finisher, shooting 1-over 73 in the final round to finish 13th at 9-over 225. Courtney McCracken's third-round 81 placed her 34th at 235. Sung Ea Lee and Kim Shin both shot 80 on the afternoon, placing them 42nd and 50th at 240 and 256, respectively.
The Huskies will most likely tee off next at the NCAA Women's Golf West Regional, which will be hosted by the University of Washington at Washington National Golf Course in Auburn, Wash., May 11-13.
Oro Valley Country Club
Oro Valley, AZ
Par-72, 6,495 yards
1. UCLA 291-287-301-879
2. Arizona State 287-299-294-880
3. USC 293-302-296-891
4. California 296-298-302-896
5. Arizona 301-308-298-907
6. Washington 308-300-301-910
7. Stanford 299-311-302-912
8. Oregon State 307-298-310-920
9. Washington State 300-315-313-928
10. Oregon 314-319-312-945
1. Paige Mackenzie, Washington 71-71-69-211
2. Alissa Kuczka, Arizona State 71-73-71-215
3. Tiffany Joh, UCLA 71-72-73-216
3. Sophia Sheridan, California 73-72-71-216
5. Irene Cho, USC 71-76-72-219
6. Amie Cochran, UCLA 73-68-79-220
6. Ana Kostina, Washington State 70-75-75-220
6. Azahara Munoz, Arizona State 70-73-77-220
6. Jane Park, UCLA 74-73-73-220
10. Tiffany Tavee, Arizona State 73-77-71-221
1. Paige Mackenzie 71-71-69-211
13. Amber Prange 77-75-73-225
34. Courtney McCracken 76-78-81-235
42. Sung Ea Lee 84-76-80-240
50. Kim Shin 93-83-80-256