Men's Golf Heads To Oregon For Pac-10 Championships
April 19, 2007
SEATTLE, Wash. - The 35th-ranked Washington men's golf team will head to Eugene, Ore., for the 2007 Pac-10 Championships, Monday, April 23, through Wednesday, April 25. The tournament, hosted by the University of Oregon, will be held at the par 72, 7,033 yard Eugene Country Club course.
The three-day tournament includes a 72-hole format with 36 holes to be played Monday and 18-hole rounds played on Tuesday and Wednesday. Teams will consist of six players with the five low scores counting towards each 18-hole score. Both team and individual champions will be crowned at the conference tournament.
Staggered tee times from both the first and 10th holes begin each day at 8 a.m. Washington has been paired in the second group with Arizona State and Arizona which will start the opening round Monday from the first tee at 9 a.m. and the second round at 2 p.m. Third and fourth round team pairings for Tuesday and Wednesday will be determined by the previous day's team standings.
Live scoring for the tournament will be available at golfstat.com.
The Huskies are looking for their third-straight top-two finish at the Pac-10 Championships, after winning the event in 2005 and finishing runner-up in 2006. Washington has also had an individual finish among the top-three players the last two years - that being senior Erik Olson who claimed Pac-10 medalist honors in 2005 and placed third last season.
Five Pac-10 teams are ranked in Golfweek's latest Top-25 poll including No. 2 Stanford, No. 6 USC, No. 7 UCLA, No. 19 Arizona State and No. 22 Arizona. Also ranked are No. 35 Washington, No. 55 California, No. 58 Oregon, No. 60 Oregon State and No. 103 Washington State.
Individually, Arizona State's Niklas Lemke is ranked fourth in the nation and USC's Jamie Lovemark is ranked fifth. Stanford's Rob Grube (No. 15), UCLA's Kevin Chappell (No. 16), Stanford's Matthew Savage (No. 18), Stanford's Zach Miller (No. 20), Stanford's Joseph Bramlett (No. 21), UCLA's Lucas Lee (No. 24), Arizona's Brian Prouty (No. 33) and Arizona State's Benjamin Alvarado (No. 35) round out Pac-10 players ranked in the Top-50. Washington's Prugh just missed the Top-50 cut and is ranked 52nd.
Noting The Huskies
Pac-10 History: Washington has won four Pac-10 Championship titles, the most recent coming in 2005...UW also won in 1988, 1963 and 1961...the Huskies have never finished lower than sixth...they have finished second three times, third twice, fourth five times, fifth four times and sixth six times...three Huskies have won individual Pac-10 titles including current senior Erik Olson (2005), former Husky and current UCLA head coach O.D. Vincent (1988) and Clint Names (1961).
Prugh Wins First Career Tourney Title: Washington senior Alex Prugh claimed his first career individual title, sharing co-medalist honors at the Oregon Duck Invitational (March 26-27). Prugh finished the tournament at 2-under 214, carding rounds of 4-under 68, 4-over 76 and 2-under 70. Prugh bested his previous career-high finish of runner-up three times: at the 2004 Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge, 2005 Gopher Invitational and the 2006 National Invitational.
Huskies Share The Wealth: Four different Husky players have won tournament titles this season. In addition to Prugh winning the Oregon Duck Invitational, sophomore John Wise took home medalist honors in the team's season debut at the Opus NW Husky Invitational back in September. It was just the third varsity event for Wise who played mainly in JV tournaments for UW as a freshman. Wise shot 7-under 209 playing as an individual so his score didn't count towards the team total. Two other Huskies won JV tournament titles. Sophomore transfer Chris Killmer won the Washington National Winter Championships with a career-low 54-hole score of 211. He finished 5-under par. Freshman Nick Taylor won the UBC Invitational, shooting a 2-over 218.
Top Dawg: Senior Alex Prugh has been the Huskies top player all season long, coming in as the team's highest finisher in nine of 10 tournaments. Prugh leads the team with a career-low 71.81 stroke average and has notched 10 rounds under par this year. Prugh set a new career-low 54-hole score of 201 at the Hawaii-Hilo Intercollegiate (Feb. 7-9), also matching his career-low single round score of 65.
Terrific Transfer: Sophomore Chris Killmer transferred to Washington from Cal State Bakersfield prior to the season and has emerged as one of the Huskies' top players. Killmer is second on the team with a 72.82 stroke average and has been one of the team's top three scorers at the last four varsity tournaments. As was previously mentioned, as a member of the JV team, Killmer won the Washington National Winter Championships in early March with a career-low 5-under 211 performance. At Cal State Bakersfield last year, Killmer was a third-team All-American and won the Phil Mickelson Freshman of the Year Award.
Looking Ahead: Following the Pac-10 Championships, the last two tournaments that dot the schedule are the NCAA Regionals (May 17-19) and the NCAA Championships in Williamsburg, Va. (May 30-June 2).