Huskies Finish 14th At West Regional, Miss Cut For NCAA Championships

May 19, 2007

TEMPE, Ariz. - Washington men's golf came three shots shy of qualifying for a spot in the NCAA Championships, as the Huskies carded a final round score of 1-under 287 to finish 14th at the NCAA West Regional that wrapped up at Arizona State's Karsten Golf Course, Saturday.

The top 10 teams to finish the West Regional earned a spot to compete at nationals in Williamsburg, Va., May 30-June 2. Washington had qualified for NCAA's the last eight straight seasons - one of five teams to do so until this year. The Huskies stood as high as fifth place after the second round with their final round score dropping them back nine places. UW ended up at 22-under 842.

'We just never had anything going today,' UW head coach Matt Thurmond said. 'We really needed to have a good round but we couldn't do it. Couldn't make the putts, couldn't make the shots - kind of the way the whole season has been. Unfortunately we weren't one of the best teams at regionals and it's a simple as that, we just weren't good enough. While it's disappointing, it's also extremely motivating. I'm very, very excited to work hard and put a team together that will start a new streak (next year).'

South Carolina claimed the West Regional title by two strokes over UCLA. The Gamecocks ended the tournament at 44-under 820, while the Bruins finished 42-under 822. Earning the other eight spots for the NCAA Championships were USC (40-under 824), host Arizona State (40-under 824), Vanderbilt (38-under 826), Arizona (36-under 828), Stanford (33-under 831), New Mexico (31-under 833), Wake Forest (25-under 839) and East Tennessee State (25-under 839). Oregon State also finished at 25-under but was ousted from the cut in a playoff with Wake Forest and East Tennessee State.

Freshman Joel Dahmen was the Huskies' top finisher, tying for 23rd at 9-under 207. Dahmen, who carded rounds of 5-under 67 and 4-under 68 the first two days, shot even-par 72 in the final round. Junior Zach Bixler turned in the best round of the day for UW, shooting a 1-under 71 but he finished the tournament tied for 62nd at 3-under 213.

The careers of two Husky seniors came to an end in Tempe. Alex Prugh, Washington's leader all season and second-team All-Pac-10 selection this year, finished in a tie for 53rd at 4-under 212. Prugh shot 2-over 74 in the final round. Erik Olson, a 2005 Pac-10 Champion, finished at 5-over 221 (tied for 108th).

Rounding out the lineup was sophomore transfer Chris Killmer who tied with Prugh for 53rd at 4-under 212. Killmer shot an even-par 72 in the final round.

Arizona State's Benjamin Alvarado won regional medalist honors at 18-under 198. He shot a 6-under 66 in the final round.

2007 NCAA West Regional
Tempe, Ariz.; Karsten Golf Course
Par 72, 7,057 Yards

Final Team Results
1. South Carolina 273-269-278-820, -442. UCLA 268-273-281-822, -423. USC 277-273-274-824, -403. Arizona State 275-275-274-826, -405. Vanderbilt 283-276-267-826, -386. Arizona 282-275-271-828, -367. Stanford 277-280-274-831, -338. New Mexico 275-280-274-833, -319. Wake Forest 285-277-277-839, -259. East Tennessee State 278-277-284-839, -259. Oregon State 281-275-283-839, -2512. BYU 283-280-278-841, -2312. Pepperdine 277-285-279-841, -2314. Washington 284-271-287-842, -2215. California 280-282-281-843, -2116. Colorado State 284-284-276-844, -2016. UNLV 281-281-282-844, -2018. Augusta State 284-285-278-847, -1719. Oregon 292-281-284-857, -720. Nevada 289-286-286-861, -321. Denver 285-290-287-862, -222. UC Irvine 289-288-286-861, -123. Penn 288-293-284-865, +124. San Diego State 296-289-299-884, +2025. Detroit 297-297-293-887, +2326. Bucknell 299-299-295-893, +2627. Monmouth 302-295-311-908, +44

Final Individual Results1. Benjamin Alvarado, ASU 67-65-66-198, -182. Kevin Chappell, UCLA 66-68-67-201, -152. Jon Curran, Vanderbilt 71-65-65-201, -152. Jamie Lovemark, USC 69-63-69-201, -155. Chance Pipitone, Penn 67-70-65-202, -145. Daniel Summerhays, BYU 72-67-63-202, -147. Charlie Beljan, New Mex. 65-68-70-203, -137. Brian Locke, LMU 69-67-67-203, -137. Chris McCartin, W. Forest 68-69-66-203, -13

Washington ResultsT23. Joel Dahmen 67-68-72-207, -9T53. Chris Killmer 73-67-72-212, -4T53. Alex Prugh 72-66-74-212, -4T62. Zach Bixler 72-70-71-213, -3T108. Erik Olson 79-70-72-221, +5

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