Husky Golf Team Resumes Play at Oregon Invitational

March 25, 2001

THIS WEEK: After taking three weeks off the Washington men's golf team returns to the links this week when the Huskies defend their team championship at the Oregon Duck Invitational. The two-day tournament will be played March 26 and 27 at the par-72, 6,847-yard Eugene Country Club. An 8 a.m. shotgun start will start Monday's 36 holes of play. Tuesday's round will feature just 18 holes of competition.

THE FIELD: The field for the 16-team Oregon Invitational includes Oregon, San Diego State, UCLA, Nevada, UC Santa Barbara, Colorado State, Hawaii-Hilo, Oregon State, Portland, San Jose State, Washington State, Wyoming and Washington. The Ducks are the highest ranked team in the field, ranked 33rd this week. Washington carries a No. 37 ranking. Washington will have all nine members of its roster compete, four as individuals.

LAST YEAR'S RESULTS: Washington took home a one-shot victory over Oregon, 857 to 858. Oregon State finished third with a score of 863. The Beavers' Anthony Arvidson defeated San Jose State's Lucas Horrobin in a playoff to claim medalist honors. Arvidson, who will compete in this year's tournament, shot a four-under 212 to capture the 2000 title. The Huskies were led by by Troy Kelly and Scott Kral, who tied for third place with idential scores of 213. Kral shot a 68 in the second round of play, his low round of the year.

LAST TIME OUT: The Washington men's golf team overcame harsh conditions and a competitive field to finish fourth at the Cleveland Golf Classic in Westlake Village, March 5-6. The tournament was shortened to 36 holes due to rainy conditions. Arizona State captured their second-consecutive Cleveland Classic title, finishing with a score of 581.Washington shot a 302 over the final 18 holes to finish fourth at the 15-team tournament held at the North Ranch Country Club. The Huskies finished ahead of five ranked in the top 25 at the time, including tournament host and ninth-ranked USC. Washington finished with a total score of 598. Sophomore John Robertson led the Huskies, posting the first top-ten finish of his career. Robertson fired a 72 in the final round to move up from 21st to ninth on the final day. He tied for ninth with eight other golfers with a two-day score of 147. David Yarnes of Oregon State won the tournament, finishing with an even-par score of 142. Husky Corey Prugh tied for 18th with a 148, shooting 74 both days. A trio of freshman rounded out the scoring for Washington. Brock Mackenzie followed his first round 72 with a 77 to drop into 24th place. Conner Robbins shot 79 to finish with a 154 and Dan Potter carded an 81 to finish at 157.

NOTING THE HUSKIES: The Washington golf team is currently led by freshman Joey Ramos, who sports a 73.33 stroke average after three tournaments this year. Fellow freshmen Corey Prugh and Brock Mackenzie are also having a significant impact on the Huskies' success this season. Prugh has appeared in four tournaments and has a 73.54 stroke average. With 17 rounds under his belt in six tournaments, Mackenzie has the played the second most rounds on the team this year. He has a stroke average of 74.12.

KELLY GOES PRO: Washington junior golfer Troy Kelly left the Husky program during the winter quarter to being a career as a professional golfer. Kelly was a two-time letterman at Washington. As a freshman in 1999, he finished as the runner-up at the NCAA Championships. He helped the Huskies to NCAA appearances the past two seasons. Kelly was a third-team All-American as a freshman at Washington. Last season he earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors. Kelly played in just one tournament for Washington this season, placing 37th overall at the Husky Fall Invitational. 'Troy has thought about this for quite some time and decided to begin pursuit of a professional career now, before we get too deep into our season,' says Husky director of golf O.D. Vincent. 'He has had a tremendous impact on our program two years ago and really helped to put us back on the national map. I can only wish Troy the best in his professional career.'

UP NEXT: Washington will play its next tournament in Santa Cruz, Calif. at the Western Intercollegiate. The tournament will be held at the Pasatiempo Golf Course April 2-3.

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