Huskies Ready For NCAA West Regional at Washington National
May 2, 2006
The 24th-ranked Washington women's golf team has been named the ninth seed at the 2006 NCAA West Regional. The event, which will be hosted by the UW and held at Washington National Golf Course in Auburn, Wash., takes place May 11-13.
The 2006 NCAA Women's Golf West Regional features fifty-four holes of stroke play golf over three days of competition to decide the team and individual champions. For the West Regional, Washington National will play as a par-72 at 6,289 yards. The tournament features 18 holes of play on each date starting at 8:30 a.m. PT. The final group tees off at 2:20 p.m.. Participants will play in threesomes during the competition. Teams participating in the NCAA Regionals shall consist of a maximum of five players (with four scores counting each day toward the team total). First and second round team pairings are determined by seeding. Following the second round of competition, team scores shall determine the pairings. Split tees (#1 and #10) will be used during each round. Team and individual ties shall be broken in accordance with NCAA rules.
The ninth-seeded Huskies will be paired with Stanford and New Mexico during the first and second rounds. That group will tee off from the first tee starting at 8:40 a.m. on Thursday and from the 10th tee on Friday beginning at 12:50 p.m.
Results and Live Stats
Live scoring for the NCAA West Regional will be available at www.golfstat.com.
Washington coach Mary Lou Mulflur's lineup for the NCAA Championship is: Senior Paige Mackenzie (Yakima, Wash.), junior Amber Prange (Noblesville, Ind.), junior Courtney McCracken (Eagle, Idaho), senior Sung Ea Lee (Tacoma, Wash.), and sophomore Kim Shin (Mountlake Terrace, Wash.).
Washington's selection to the 2006 NCAA Regionals marks the 14th consecutive year the Huskies have advanced to the NCAA Regional Championships. Washington has competed at the Regionals every year since its inception in 1993. The Huskies have advanced from Regionals to the NCAA Championships in four of the past five seasons.
Mackenzie is Pac-10 Champ
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, became the first Husky to win medalist honors at the Pac-10 Women's Golf Championship, which began in 1987.
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 final 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.
'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.'
After the Pac-10 Championship had concluded, Mackenzie was named to the All-Pac-10 first team for the third straight season. She is the first UW women's golfer to earn All-Conference first-team honors on three occasions. There has been one Husky men's golfer to earn first-team All-Pac-10 awards three times: Mackenzie's brother, Brock, who was honored in 2002, `03 and `04.
Washington is one of nine Pac-10 teams that advanced to the NCAA Regional Championships. UCLA (West) and Arizona State (East) each received one of the three No. 1 seeds. Oregon was the only Pac-10 school that was not selected to one of the three Regionals.
Paige Mackenzie's three-round total of 5-under 211 at the Pac-10 Championship 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 becomes the first Pac-10 Champion from a school north of the California border. The win 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.
Noting the Huskies
Washington has played the toughest schedule in the nation, according to Golfweek. The magazine's schedule formula gives the Huskies (Ranked 24th overall) a schedule rating of 73.68. Pac-10 rivals Arizona (No. 2 - 73.89) and Arizona State (No. 3 - 73.99) are the only other teams with a schedule rating under 74 (lower = tougher) ... Husky senior Paige Mackenzie is the nation's top amateur, according to Golfweek. The amateur rankings take into account collegiate play as well as unaffiliated amateur play during the summer. Mackenzie held the No. 1 spot in the collegiate-only rankings earlier this season as well ... Two-time All-American Paige Mackenzie has a chance to break the Husky record for best single-season scoring average for the third straight year. Mackenzie, currently ranked 14th in the Golfweek standings, set the mark with a 74.1 scoring average in 2004, before recording a 73.69 scoring average in 2005. The senior from Yakima leads UW with a 73.19 scoring average this year, having played 21 rounds in seven tournaments.
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