Husky Men's Golfers Open Spring at PING-Arizona Intercollegiate

Feb. 2, 2002

Seattle, WA - The Washington men's golf team opens its spring season on Feb. 4-5 at the PING-Arizona Intercollegiate at The Raven at Sabino Springs. This year's 20-team field includes 11 teams that participated in last year's NCAA Championships.

This year's 54-hole event will include 36 holes of competition on Monday and a final round on Tuesday. Play begins both days at 7 a.m. PT. The field for the PING Intercollegiate includes: Arizona, Arizona State, BYU, California, UC-Irvine, Fresno State, Oklahoma State, Long Beach State, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oregon, Oregon State, Pepperdine, South Carolina, SMU, Stanford, Tulsa, UCLA, USC and Washington.

Washington enters the PING Intercollegiate ranked 13th in the preseason spring Precept/GCAA Coaches Poll. The Huskies started the fall 30th in that poll, but on the strength of three tournament victories, and a second-place finish, made the big jump in the poll.

The Huskies enter the spring led by sophomore Brock Mackenzie, who is ranked 24th in the nation, and junior John Anderson, who figures 45th in the individual standings. Mackenzie has a 70.11 stroke average while Robertson is right behind him at 70.47. Mackenzie tied the UW tournament record last fall with a 203 he shot at The Prestige. Earlier in the season senior Gordy Scutt recorded the same score at the Idaho Vandal Fall Classic. Robertson ended the fall by shooting a 64 during his final 18 holes at the Prestige, setting the Husky single-round record.

Thanks to the tournament wins and outstanding individual play, Golfweek gave the Huskies an 'A+' rating in its Mid-Term Report Card released in its Feb. 2 issue. Washington was one of just two schools to receive an A+. Texas Christian, preseason ranked 29th and now ranked eighth, also received the grade. Overall, Washington was 61-6 during five fall events, including a 22-6 mark against top-50 teams.

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