Bixler Ties NCAA Single-Round Record With A 60 At The MacKenzie Invite

Oct. 8, 2007

FAIRFAX, Calif. - Washington senior men's golfer Zach Bixler shot an 11-under 60 during the second round of the Alister MacKenzie Invitational at the Meadow Club, Monday, tying the NCAA single-round record as well as the Washington school record.

Bixler is the fifth player in NCAA history to shoot 60, a feat also accomplished by former Husky Brock Mackenzie in 2003. Mackenzie carded a 12-under 60 at the Eugene Country Club, March 24, 2003. At the time, Mackenzie was the third collegiate golfer to card a 60, while BYU's Danny Summerhays was the fourth to shoot 60 during the 2006-07 season.

'It's pretty overwhelming right now, I don't even know what it means yet,' Bixler said after becoming the second Husky to etch his name in the NCAA record books. 'I just played really good and kept it going for 18 holes. Right now it's just a really good score but Matt (UW head coach Thurmond) has told me it's going down in the record books so I'm sure pretty soon here it will feel really special to me. It's just nice to be in the record books.'

Bixler's record-matching round helped the Huskies to a seven-shot lead after two rounds of the Mackenzie Invite, carding an overall score of 27-under 541. Washington leads the tournament over Louisville (20-under 548) and UC Davis (20-under 548). The final round will tee off Tuesday.

Bixler's 11-under 60 in the second round came after the Richland, Wash., native carded an even-par 71 in the opening round. Bixler's second round in the afternoon, Monday, got off to a strong start with an eagle on the par-4 second hole. He also sank nine birdies.

'I've been very fortunate in my seven years (at UW) to witness history a few times,' UW head coach Matt Thurmond said. 'Last time when Brock (Mackenzie) shot 60, I said that is something -no matter how long I coach - I will probably never see again on my team. So to be able to see Zach do it today was thrilling. It's so exciting to see someone like Zach, who has been in our program for four years, have such a special day and to make history. To have a day that he'll never, ever forget. Where every putts going in, every iron shot's going close, it was just really special.'

Bixler is currently three strokes behind leader Daryl Fathauer of Louisville who carded a 10-under 61 in the first round. Bixler's 60 shattered his previous career best of a 66 notched as a freshman at the Waikoloa Intercollegiate, Feb. 9, 2005.

Bixler wasn't the only Husky to put together a good day, as four of the five members of the UW lineup ended up under-par for the two rounds. Sophomore Nick Taylor is tied for 10th at 7-under 135 after carding rounds of 4-under 67 and 3-under 68. Taylor's 4-under 67 was a career best. Sophomore Darren Wallace also shot both of his rounds under-par with a career-best 6-under 66 and a 1-under 70. Wallace is tied for 15th at 6-under 136.

UW junior John Wise shot identical rounds of 1-under 70 and is tied for 31st at 2-under 140. Freshman Tze Huang Choo, playing in his UW varsity debut, shot 6-over 148 after rounds of 1-under 70 and 7-over 78.

Ironcially enough, Bixler's first round score of even-par 71 was the team's worst of the opening round. He then proceeded to match history the second time around the course.

The Huskies will tee off the final round as the team leader, Tuesday, from the first hole at 8:26 a.m.

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