Huskies 15th After First Round at NCAA Championship

May 23, 2006

Columbus, Ohio - The 23rd-ranked Washington Huskies shot 17-over 305 in the first round at the 2006 NCAA Women's Golf Championship, placing the Huskies 15th headed into round two. USC leads the 24-team field after shooting 3-over 291 in round one.

'We got off to a rough start,' said Washington head coach Mary Lou Mulflur. 'Sung Ea Lee started really well, but we had a couple players struggling right of the bat which is never a good sign. There's a lot of golf left, that's what I've tried to emphasize to the team this week. It's a marathon, not a sprint. Nothing is decided in the first round. We're not in the best position but we're still within striking distance. I'm glad we're playing early tomorrow so we can come right back out and get at it.'

Lee turned in UW's best round of the day, shooting 3-over 75. She is 33rd heading into round two. Paige Mackenzie, who earned medalist honors at each of the last two events (Pac-10 Championship and NCAA West Regional), shot 4-over 76 and placed 46th.

'Paige drove the ball well, she just didn't get it as close to the pin as she usually does,' Mulflur said. 'She's been playing extremely well of late and there's no reason to think that won't continue. I think today was just an aberration, that she's got three great days ahead of her.'

Also shooting 76 for the Huskies was Kim Shin. Amber Prange and Courtney McCracken turned in matching rounds of 6-over 78 and tied for 86th in the field.

'Kim played well,' Mulflur said. 'And Courtney and Amber both really battled hard. They got off to a rough start, so I was proud of them. They battled back and really hung in there.'

The second round of the NCAA Championship begins with the Huskies teeing off at 8:00 a.m. (ET) on Wednesday.

Live scoring of the tournament is available at golfstat.com.


NCAA Champsionship
Ohio State University Scarlet Course
Columbus, Ohio
Par-72, 6,203 yards

Team Results
1. USC 291
2. Arizona State 292
3. Florida 293
4. Arizona 296
5. Wake Forest 297
5. Duke 297
7. Louisiana State 298
8. Arkansas 299
9. Purdue 301
9. UCLA 301
9. Auburn 301
9. Pepperdine 301
13. Texas A&M 302
14. Tennessee 303
15. Washington 305
15. California 305
15. Florida State 305
18. Georgia 306
19. Stanford 307
19. Alabama 307
21. Oklahoma State 311
21. Nebraska 311
23. Kent State 312
24. UNLV 313

Top Individuals

1. Eileen Vargas, Pepperdine 68
2. Tiffany Chudy, Florida 69
3. Jennifer Osborn, Arizona State 70
4. Tiffany Joh, UCLA 71
4. Catalina Marin, USC 71
4. Sommer Scholl, Arizona 71
7. Mandy Goins, Wake Forest 72
7. Caroline Larsson, Florida State 72
7. Stephanie Ruiz, Nebraska 72

Washington Results

33. Sung Ea Lee 75
46. Paige Mackenzie 76
46. Kim Shin 76
86. Courtney McCracken 78
86. Amber Prange 78

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