Huskies In 14th After First Round Of Southern Highlands Collegiate Championships

March 9, 2007

LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- The 31st-ranked Washington men's golf team shot 11-over 299 in the first round of the Southern Highlands Collegiate Championships, Friday, finishing the first day of the tournament in 14th place. The Huskies were led by senior Erik Olson who carded a 1-over 73 in the opening round and is tied for 21st overall.

No. 13 UCLA leads the highly competitive field after Friday's first round at 6-under 282, followed by third-ranked Georgia at 3-under 285 and 17th-ranked Georgia Tech at 2-under 286. Including Georgia, three of the top four nationally ranked squads are competing in the three-day tournament at the Southern Highlands Golf Club.

Behind Olson, UW junior Zach Bixler and senior Alex Prugh are tied for 42nd after carding identical rounds of 3-over 75. Rounding out Washington's lineup are sophomore John Wise tied for 53rd (4-over 76) and freshman Nick Taylor tied for 64th (5-over 77).

Texas A&M's Martin Piller holds a one-stroke lead in the individual race, shooting a 5-under 67 in the first round. Three players - UCLA's Kevin Chappell and Georgia's Chris Kirk and Brendon Todd - are tied for second at 4-under 68.

The tournament continues with second-round play, Saturday, beginning at 8 a.m. PST. The final round will be held Sunday.

2007 Southern Highlands Collegiate Championship
Las Vegas, Nev.
Southern Highlands Golf Club
Host: UNLV
Par 72, 7,510 yards

Team Leaderboard - First Round1. UCLA		282 (-6)2. Georgia		285 (-3)3. Georgia Tech		286 (-2)4. Arizona State		290 (+2)5. Florida		291 (+3)6. Minnesota		292 (+4)7. Arizona		293 (+5)7. Texas A&M		293 (+5)9. Kentucky		294 (+6)10. Oklahoma State	295 (+7)11. Wake Forest	296 (+8)12. Clemson		297 (+9)13. Texas		298 (+10)14. Washington	299 (+11)15. UNLV		302 (+14)

Individual Leaderboard - First Round1. Martin Piller, Texas A&M 67 (-5)2. Kevin Chappell, UCLA 68 (-4)2. Chris Kirk, Georgia 68 (-4)2. Brendon Todd, Georgia 68 (-4)5. Billy Horschel, Florida 69 (-3)5. Lucas Lee, UCLA 69 (-3)7. Roberto Castro, Georgia Tech 70 (-2)7. Alex Volpenhein, Kentucky 70 (-2)9. Daniel Im, UCLA 71 (-1)9. Bronson LaCassie, Minnesota 71 (-1)9. Kevin Larsen, Georgia Tech 71 (-1)9. Trent Leon, Oklahoma State 71 (-1)9. Jace Moore, Texas 71 (-1)9. Pete Oriol, Arizon 71 (-1)

Washington ResultsT21. Erik Olson 73 (+1)T42. Zach Bixler 75 (+3)T42. Alex Prugh 75 (+3)T53. John Wise 76 (+4)T64. Nick Taylor 77 (+5)

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