Huskies Head to Columbus for NCAA Championships
May 17, 2006
Thanks to a third-place finish at the 2006 West Regional, the 23rd-ranked Washington women's golf team has advanced to the 2006 NCAA Women's Golf Championship. The event, which will be hosted by the Ohio State University and held at the Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio., takes place May 23-26.
The 2006 NCAA Championship features 72 holes of stroke play golf over four days of competition to decide the team and individual champions. For the Championship, the Scarlet Course will play as a par-72 at 6,203 yards. The tournament features 18 holes of play on each day, beginning at 8 a.m. ET. Participants will play in threesomes during the competition. Teams participating in the NCAA Championship 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 Huskies will be paired with California and Pepperdine during the first and second rounds. That group will tee off from the 10th tee starting at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday and from the 1st tee on Wednesday beginning at 8 a.m.
Results and Live Stats
Live scoring for the NCAA Championship 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 trip to Columbus marks the fifth time in the last six seasons that the Huskies have advanced from Regionals to the NCAA Championships.
Washington is one of seven Pac-10 teams that advanced to the NCAA Championship. Arizona, Arizona State, California, Stanford, UCLA and USC also advanced at Regionals.
Mackenzie Wins West Regional
Paige Mackenzie won her second straight tournament title of the 2006 postseason at the NCAA West Regional, besting the 108-player field by eight strokes. The Washington senior shot 1-under 71 in the final round and finished the tournament with a career-best total score of 8-under 208, a mark that also broke the school record for 54 holes.
The Huskies shot 9-over 297 on the day to place third at 24-over 888 and advance to the NCAA Championship at Ohio State. Purdue won the West Regional with a total score of 17-over 881 after carding a 10-over 298 in round three.
Mackenzie's 71 on the day was her sixth straight round under-par, dating back to the first round of the Pac-10 Championship, which Mackenzie also won. Her victory at the West Regional marked her 21st Top-10 finish at UW, the most in school history. She recorded three birdies on the day (holes four, eight and nine) as well as her only two bogeys of the 54-hole tournament (holes seven and 17). She is the second Husky to win the West Regional, as Dodie Mazzuca accomplished the feat in 1997.
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, had 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 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 parred 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, collecting 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 parred 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 honors three times: Mackenzie's brother, Brock, who was honored in 2002, `03 and `04.
Mackenzie's win at the West Regional was her second in a row and third overall, the first coming at the Kent Youel Invitational in 2003 and the second at the 2006 Pac-10s ... Her 8-under 208 at the West Regional established a new UW scoring record for 54-holes and lowered her season scoring average to 72.71 for the season, a mark that would break her school record by a full stroke per round, were the season to end today ... Mackenzie's 21 career Top-10 finishes and 135 rounds played top the Husky charts, while her three tournament wins rank second. Her five top-10 finishes in 2006 are sixth-most in UW's single-season annals ... Of Mackenzie's 12 rounds under par this season six have come in the last two tournaments ... Mackenzie has shot seven rounds in the 60s this season.
Noting the Huskies
Washington has played the toughest schedule in the nation, according to Golfweek. The magazine's schedule formula gives the Huskies (Ranked 23rd overall) a schedule rating of 73.89. No other team currently has a 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, and is currently ranked fifth ... The Huskies' third place finish at the 2006 NCAA Regionals was the best in school history and their team scoring total of 888 was the lowest of the season ... Washington's top finish at the NCAA Championship came in 2004, when the Huskies placed sixth. The UW's top individual finishes at the Championship both came courtesy of Mackenzie, who placed 10th last year and 11th in 2004.
Player bios and statistics can be found in the PDF linked at the top of this release.
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