Robbins Leads UW Golfers to Western Title

April 9, 2002

Santa Cruz, CA - Washington junior Conner Robbins (Bremerton) won his first collegiate tournament in record-setting fashion and sophomore teammate Brock Mackenzie (Yakima) finished second to lead the Huskies to the team championship at the 56th Annual Western Intercollegiate at the par-70 Pasatiempo Golf Course.

The Huskies shot 8-over 288 during Tuesday's final round to win the title by 20 stokes with a 54-hole total of 834. Fresno State was second at 854 followed by San Jose State at 856.

The victory marked the fourth championship in 10 tournament appearances this year for the Huskies.

Washington's team score established a school record for a 54-hole tournament, bettering the previous mark of 839, set last fall at The Nelson, by five strokes. During Monday's opening round, the Huskies carded scores of 276 and 270. Washington's second round total was the lowest 18-hole score in school history, bettering the 272 the Huskies posted during the second round at The Nelson.

Robbins' 54-hole total of 8-under 202 broke Mackenzie and teammate Gordy Scutt's school record for low tournament score. Scutt carded a 203 at the season-opening Vandal Classic and Mackenzie equaled that mark while winning The Prestige at Palm Desert. Robbins posted a 68 on Tuesday after opening the tournament with scores of 69 and 65. His second-round effort was just one stroke off the UW 18-hole record.

Robbins' previous best collegiate score was a 3-under 210 he carded at The Nelson last fall. His three scores in the 60s equaled his total number for the season during 24 previous rounds of play. Robbins' title marks the fifth time in 10 tournaments this season a Washington golfer has taken medalist honors.

Mackenzie shot 2-over 72 on Tuesday to finish tied with Kansas' Chris Marshall for second at 208. San Jose State's Issac Weintraub, who led after both the first and second round, shot 78 and fell to sixth at 211.

Washington's Derek Berg finished 18th at 216 while the Huskies' John Robertson and Corey Prugh tied for 19th at 217.

Washington returns to the links Friday, April 12 when the Huskies travel to Tempe, Ariz., for the ASU Thunderbird Invitational.

Note: Full results to come.

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