Mackenzie Blazes To 11-Stroke Improvement

Aug. 25, 2006

DUBLIN, Ohio - Former University of Washington All-America golfer Paige Mackenzie improved her first round score by 11 strokes today as she blazed to a six-under-par 66 and made the cut in her professional debut at the Wendy's Championship for Children at Tartan Fields Golf Club.

The Yakima, Wash. native made six birdies and did not bogey a hole en route to equaling the second-lowest round of the tournament. She registered just one birdie and struggled with three bogeys and two double-bogeys in the event's first round on Thursday and was in danger of missing the cut in her first-ever pro tournament.

However, her score for Friday's second round vaulted Mackenzie into a tie for 55th place with a one-under-par 143 for the tournament, just one stroke better than the even-par cutline.

Mackenzie will be paired with Tracy Hanson and Nancy Scranton on Saturday. The trio will begin on the 10th tee at 9:28 a.m.

Soo-Yun Kang fired a six-under-par 66 in the second round to join the first-round co-leader, Jee Young Lee. Kang and Lee take a one-shot lead over Mikaela Parmlid and Marisa Baena at -11, heading into the third round.

Each of the tournament's final two rounds will be televised live on ESPN2. Saturday's third round coverage begins at 11 a.m., while Sunday's final round will be televised beginning at noon.

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