Trio of Husky Men's Golfers Complete First Day of U.S. Amateur

Aug. 21, 2006

Washington seniors Erik Olson and Alex Prugh and junior Joe Panzeri completed the first round of stroke play at the 106th U.S. Amateur Championship today, held at Hazeltine National Golf Club and the Chaska Town Course in Chaska, Minn. Prugh led the Husky contingent, finishing the day in a tie for 67th with a two-over 74 on the Hazeltine course. Panzeri recorded a four-over 75 on the Chaska Town Course, good for a tie for 114th. Olson sits in a tie for 209th, after carding a seven-over 79 on the Hazeltine course. Six of the seven low scores of the day were recorded at the Chaska Town Course.

Prugh recorded two birdies and four bogeys during today's round, while Panzeri logged three birdies and five bogeys. Olson had two birdies and nine bogeys on the day.

The group will continue stroke play tomorrow. Following the two days of stroke play, the field of 312 golfers will be reduced to the lowest 64 scorers, who will advance to match play. All matches are 18 holes except the final match. The 36-hole championship final match is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 27.

The Amateur is the oldest of the 13 national championships administered annually by the United States Golf Association (USGA). Tiger Woods is a three-time champion, raising the trophy each year from 1994 to 1996. Other winners include Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Bobby Jones.

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