Men's Golf Opens Spring Season at Ping-Arizona Intercollegiate

Jan. 25, 2001

THIS WEEK: The Washington men's golf team opens the 2001 spring season in Tucson, Ariz at the Ping Intercollegiate Jan. 29-30 at The Raven at Sabino Springs. The 54-hole tournament will begin Monday at 8 a.m. with the first 36 holes and will conclude with the final round on Tuesday, also at 8 a.m, MST. This year the par-71 course will play at 6,900 yards. USC captured last year's team title while Arizona's Ricky Barnes captured medalist honors. Washington finished seventh out of 20 teams at the 2000 Ping Intercollegiate after winning the tournament in 1999.

THE FIELD: The field for the 20-team Ping Intercollegiate includes four teams ranked in the most recent MasterCard/CGF top-25 rankings, including three teams ranked in the top 10. In addition to Washington and tournament-host Arizona, the field includes Arizona 'B', Arizona State 'B', Arkansas, BYU (8), California, UC-Irvine, Long Beach State, Mississippi, New Mexico State, Ohio State, Oregon, Oregon State, Pepperdine, South Carolina (4), Southern California (16), Stanford, Texas-El Paso and UCLA.

LAST TIME OUT: Led by a pair of freshmen, the Washington men's golf team finished eighth at The Prestige at Palm Desert, the Huskies' final tournament of the fall season, Nov. 6-7. Washington's lineup of six golfers included four freshmen, led by Dan Potter and Brock Mackenzie who both finished in the top 20. Washington finished the tournament at 13-over 877, on the par-72, 7,056-yard Firecliff Course at the Desert Willow Resort. Northwestern shot a five-under 283 final round to win the tournament, finishing with 855, one stroke ahead of second-place Pepperdine. The top three Husky finishers were all within three shots of each other. Potter finished in a tie for 15th place, carding a three-over 219 for the weekend, while Mackenzie was just one stroke back, placing 18th with four-over 220. Junior Gordy Scutt fired consecutive 76s after a first-round 69 to finish in a tie for 22nd with 221. Two other freshmen, Corey Prugh and Joey Ramos, finished tied for 41st with 224. Stanford's James Lee beat Pepperdine's Michael Beard in a playoff to win medalist honors after both carded six-under 210 through 54 holes.

LAST YEAR: The Washington men's golf team moved up two slots on the final day and finished seventh at the 2000 Ping Arizona Intercollegiate in Tucson, Arizona. Southern California topped the 20-team field after overtaking tournament-host Arizona in the third round, with a team total 4-under 848. Arizona finished three strokes over at 855. Ricky Barnes of Arizona claimed medalist honors firing a 9-under, 204 over the par-71, 6,797-yard Raven Golf Club Course. Washington was led by sophomore Troy Kelly, who finished in a tie for sixth with a 1-under, three-round total of 212. The Huskies entered the tournament as defending champions.

UP NEXT: Washington will travel to Hawaii to participate in the Waikoloa Invitational Feb. 15-17.

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