Husky Men's Golfers Open Play at NCAAs
May 29, 2001
Durham, NC - THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP: The 2001 NCAA Division I Mens' Golf Championships will be held at the Duke University Golf Course in Durham, N.C. May 30-June 2. The field includes 30 teams which advanced from three regionals and six individual qualifiers not on those teams. There are 156 total participants during the four-day, 72-hole event. After the first two rounds, the field will be cut to the top 15 teams and nine top individuals not on those teams. The individual championship is determined by stroke play. The team scoring is figured by using the low four scores out of the five players on each team per round. This year's tournament marks the second time Duke has hosted the NCAA Championship. The Duke Golf Club was the site of the 1962 championship.
THE FIELD: Here are the seedings for the 2001 NCAA Golf Championship: 1. East Tennessee State, 2. Kent State, 3. Arizona State, 4. Oklahoma , 5. Arizona , 6. North Carolina State, 7. UC Irvine, 8. Florida, 9. Purdue, 10. Clemson, 11. Minnesota, 12. Pacific, 13. College of Charleston, 14. South Carolina, 15. Georgia, 16. Oregon State, 17. Virginia Tech, 18. Oklahoma State, 19. Georgia Tech, 20. Augusta State, 21. Stanford, 22. Toledo, 23. UCLA, 24. Georgia Southern, 25. Wake Forest, 26. Alabama-Birmingham, 27. Southern Methodist, 28. Mississippi, 29. Houston, 30. Washington. Individual competitors include: John Klauk (Texas), Nick Watney (Fresno State), Kirk Satterfield (Furman), Charleton Dechert (Oral Roberts), Leif Olson (Duke), Andy Stewart (Kansas).
HUSKIES AT THE NCAAs: The 2001 NCAA Championship will mark Washington's third straight appearance at the event and the 14th in the history of the program. The Huskies also played in the event in 1942, 1946, 1948, 1959, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1988, 1989, 1997, 1999 and 2000. Here is a look at Washington's previous NCAA outings and top competitors:
Previous NCAA Team Score Top Husky Finisher1942 4th 6041946 12th 6521948 9th 6091959 19th 6131963 10th 5971964 15th 6191965 11th 6021966 22nd 6241988 15th 1,211 O.D. Vincent 19th 2941989 *23rd 596 Todd Tibke 17th 2891997 *30th 617 Scott Kral 86th 1501999 4th 1,189 Troy Kelly t2nd 2872000 *30th 613 Gordy Scutt 86th 148
*Failed to make cut.
REGIONAL RESULTS: After shooting rounds of 290 and 301 to tie for seventh place at the NCAA West Regional Golf Championships, the Huskies had to sweat it out on the final day of play before they knew they had qualified for the NCAA Championships. The Huskies carded a final-round score of 302 on Saturday, but found themselves on the fence for the regional's 10th and final qualifying spot. Both USC and UNLV, with later tee times, were better against par than Washington after their final front nine holes on the Trysting Tree Golf Course. But both teams wilted down the stretch and could not dislodge the Huskies. Washington finished the 54-hole tournament at 4-over par 883. UNLV finished 11th at 886 and USC was 12th at 887. Arizona State won the West Regional with a 12-under score of 871. UC-Irvine was second at 3-over 886. Freshman Corey Prugh, who finished 70th overall, turned in an even-par 72 on Saturday to lead the Huskies. John Robertson and Brock Mackenzie both shot 73 during the final round while Joey Ramos turned in a 74. Sophomore John Robertson was Washington's top individual finisher, placing 17th overall at 2-over par 218. Freshman Brock Mackenzie was 32nd at 212, sophomore Derek Berg, was 64th at 225. Joey Ramos tied freshman teammate Corey Prugh for 70th place at 226. South Carolina's Kyle Thompson tied Arizona State's Matt Jones for medalist honors. Both players finished at 8-under 208.
THE YOUNG PUPS: Washington will sport one of the youngest lineups of any team competing at the NCAA Championships. The Huskies five-golfer lineup includes three freshmen (Corey Prugh, Brock Mackenzie and Joey Ramos) and two sophomores (John Robertson and Derek Berg). Both Berg and Robertson played at the NCAA Championship in 2000. The Huskies have had a true freshman finish, or tie for first, in seven of their 13 tournaments this season. Prugh (72.81), Mackenzie (73.09) and Ramos (73.31) top the Huskies in stroke-average this season. Prugh placed fourth at the Pac-10 Championships, setting a Husky four-round record with a score of 275, bettering the previous mark of 279 set by current UW coach O.D. Vincent in 1991.
POLL NOTES: Washington is ranked 33rd in the most recent GolfWeek college standings and is ranked 25th in the latest Mastercard College Golf Rankings. Freshman Brock Mackenzie is the highest ranked Husky in the GolfWeek standings, coming in at 81st. Corey Prugh is ranked 100th and John Robertson is ranked 147th. The Huskies are one of 11 teams participating at the NCAA Championships that do not have an individual player ranked in GolfWeek's top 75. UC Irvine, Purdue, Pacific, The College of Charleston, Virginia Tech, Toledo, UCLA, Georgia Southern, Alabama-Birmingham and Mississippi join Washington on that list.
HEAD COACH O.D. VINCENT: In just five full seasons as the head coach of Washington men's golf, O.D. Vincent has become the winningest golf coach in school history. In 1999, he shared the Pac-10 Golf Coach of the Year Honors with Arizona State's Randy Levin after leading the Huskies to a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. In September, Vincent was elevated to the position of Director of Golf for the Huskies. In addition to directing the Husky men's program, he will now take on more responsibilities for both Washington's men's and women's programs. As Director of Golf, Vincent will direct all aspects of the men's program, including fundraising, recruiting, public and external relations, budget management, player development, equipment management, scheduling, scholarships, academic services, rules compliance and staff management. He will assist and advise the Husky women's program with fundraising efforts, public and external relations and recruiting. Vincent will organize and supervise all aspects of Washington's men's and women's golf invitationals and postseason competition. In 1999, Vincent was named National Coach of the Year by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA), for his outstanding accomplishments and achievements during the 1999 season. Vincent received the Dave Williams Award as coach of the year at the GCAA National Awards Banquet, Feb. 3 in Orlando, Fla. Vincent was selected for the 23rd annual award, named after the legendary University of Houston coach, in a vote by his Division I coaching peers. Vincent graduated from UW in 1991 with a degree in sociology, and was one of Washington's most decorated golfers. Vincent captured medalist honors at the 1988 Pac-10 Championships, and led the Huskies to the team title. Following a brief professional career, Vincent joined the UW staff in 1994 as a volunteer assistant before being named head coach prior to the 1995-96 season.
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