Mackenzie Completes First Round Action At U.S. Women's Open

June 30, 2006

NEWPORT, RI -- Former Washington golfer Paige Mackenzie shot 3-over 71 during the opening round of the 2006 U.S. Women's Open at Newport Country Club in Newport, R.I., Friday.

Mackenzie, currently tied for 39th place, will begin second round action Saturday five strokes behind the leaders. The Husky All-American finished fourth among amateur competitors, a group topped by one of the overall leaders Jane Park who shot 2-under 71. In addition to Park, leading the field after the first round are Se Ri Pak, Pat Hurst and Annika Sorenstam.

Mackenzie earned an automatic exemption to the U.S. Open by placing 13th at last year's event. She is coming off a win in her last tournament, the Colorado Open, by five strokes at 2-over 218. Later this summer she will represent the USA at the Curtis Cup, held July 29-30 at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Ore.

The first team All-American capped off her senior year with the best postseason in UW women's golf history, a run that included Washington's first Pac-10 individual title, an eight-stroke victory at the NCAA West Regional, and an eighth-place showing at the NCAA Championship, the best individual NCAA finish in UW history. She also broke her own school scoring record by nearly a full stroke. Mackenzie finished her career as the Husky record-holder with 22 Top-10 finishes and 139 rounds played.

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