Huskies Shoot Best Round at West Regional, Finish Third

May 20, 2006

Tucson, Ariz. - The 24th-ranked Washington men's golf team turned in third-best single round in Husky history Saturday, shooting a scorching 17-under 271 on the third and final day of the NCAA West Regional in Tucson, Ariz. The UW's round was the best by any team in any round at what was a generally low-scoring event, and catapulted the Huskies from ninth place to third. The Top-10 finish earns Washington a berth at the NCAA Championship, held this year at the Crosswater Club in Sunriver, Ore., May 31-June 3. The Huskies' 54-hole total of 24-under 840 was a season best and trailed only Florida and Arizona (both 37-under 827). All five Huskies finished the final round under par and four of the five UW golfers shot rounds in the 60s.

'What a great day,' said Washington head coach Matt Thurmond. 'To shoot the low round of the tournament on the last day when your whole year is on the line, that just says a lot about the kind of guys we have on this team. Starting the day on the bubble and shooting the best round in the tournament is amazing.'

UW's Zach Bixler continued his excellence on day three, shooting a season-best 5-under 67 to finish third in the 141-man field at 12-under 204. Bixler's third-place finish established a new career best, as did his 54-hole total of 204. The sophomore's round included seven birdies (holes one, five, eight, 10, 11, 13 and 16) and two bogeys. Bixler shot in the 60s on all three days of the West Regional (69-68-67) and has shot rounds in the 60s in five of seven postseason rounds (including rounds one and three of the Pac-10 Championship).

Bixler was not the hottest Husky in the third round, however, as junior Alex Prugh shot a bogey-free 6-under 66 that included four birdies and an eagle on the par-5 eighth hole. Prugh finished the tournament in 32nd place at 4-under 212. James Lepp held second position for the Huskies, shooting 3-under 69 for the second day in a row to place 18th at 7-under 209, a season best. Erik Olson also shot 69 and placed 57th at 1-under 215 for the tournament. Sterling Clark's 1-under 71 slotted him 99th at 7-over 223.

NCAA West Regional
Tucson National Golf Club
Tucson, Ariz.
Par-72, 7,200 yards

Advancing Teams
1. Arizona 279-273-275-827
1. Florida 273-282-272-827
3. Arizona State 284-273-283-840
3. Washington 288-281-271-840
5. North Carolina State 282-273-290-845
6. Brigham Young 282-288-277-847
6. Loyola Marymount 284-281-282-847
8. East Tennessee St. 284-280-285-849
9. Pepperdine 283-287-281-851
9. Nevada 282-287-282-851

Top Individuals
1. Billy Horschel, Florida 67-70-66-203
1. Casey Watabu, Nevada 70-69-64-203
3. Zach Bixler, Washington 69-68-67-204
3. Rhys Davies, East Tennessee St. 70-66-68-204
5. Josh Esler, Arizona 69-69-68-206
5. Niklas Lemke, Arizona State 70-68-68-206
5. Brian Locke, Loyola Marymount 70-67-69-206
5. Dustin Pimm, Utah 66-68-72-206
9. Matt Every, Florida 67-70-70-207
9. Ben Fox, Arizona 71-68-68-207

Washington Scores
3. Zach Bixler 69-68-67-204
18. James Lepp 71-69-69-209
32. Erik Olson 74-72-66-212
57. Alex Prugh 74-72-69-215
99. Sterling Clark 78-74-71-223

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