UW's Men's Golfers Head to Pac-10 Championships

April 23, 2002

Seattle, WA - The Washington men's golf team will compete at the 2002 Pac-10 Conference Championship April 25-27 at Trysting Tree Golf Club (par 72, 7,022 yards) in Corvallis, Ore. Oregon State is the host institution for this year's event. Two rounds are scheduled to be played Thursday, followed by 18 holes on Friday and Saturday. Competition begins Thursday at 7:30 a.m. and at 8 a.m. the following days.

PAIRINGS: A blind draw is used by the Pac-10 to establish the first-round pairings.
Group 1 (1st Tee - 7:30 a.m.): Arizona State, Washington State
Group 2 (1st Tee - 8:18 a.m.): Oregon, Stanford
Group 3 (1st Tee - 9:06 a.m.): California, USC
Group 4 (10th Tee - 7:54 a.m.): UCLA, Washington
Group 5 (10th Tee - 8:42 a.m.): Arizona, Oregon State

TOURNAMENT SCORING: Each team is comprised of six golfers. The five individuals from each team with the low score of any 18-hole round constitute the scoring members of the team for that given round. The team championship will be awarded to the squad with the lowest total combined score for all rounds.

TOURNAMENT RESULTS: The Pac-10 Championship will feature live scoring available at golfstat.com.

RANKINGS: Of the 10 teams competing, seven are ranked among the nation's top 50, including three of the top 25. Eleven players ranked in the top 100 are slated to compete as well. Nine of the teams competed at Trysting Tree last spring when it hosted the NCAA West Regional Championships. According to Golfweek, the Pac-10's top-ranked team is Southern California at 9th followed by Washington at No. 11, Arizona at No. 22 and Washington State at No. 28. In the Precept Coaches Poll, USC is ranked 10th followed by Washington at 12th and Arizona at 18th.

NOTING THE HUSKIES: Washington had the best regular-season of any team in Husky history ... the Huskies won four of the 11 tournaments they played in this season ... Washington finished first at the Husky Invitational (10/1-2), The Nelson (10/26-28), The Prestige at Palm Desert (11/5-6) and the Western Intercollegiate (4/8-9) ... the Huskies won medalist honors five times during the season ... senior Gordy Scutt finished first at the Vandal Classic (9/24-25) and the Husky Invitational (10/1-2) while Brock Mackenzie won The Prestige (11/5-6) and the Cleveland Classic (3/4-5) and Conner Robbins took top honors at the Western Intercollegiate (4/8-9) ... Washington set school records for low round (270) and low 54-hole total (834) at the Western Intercollegiate ... junior John Robertson set the UW school record for low round with an 8-under 64 at The Prestige ... junior Conner Robbins set the school record for low 54-hole tournament score with a 202 at the Western Intercollegiate ... earlier in the season Gordy Scutt (203 at Vandal Classic) and Brock Mackenzie (203 at The Prestige) had bettered the school mark for low 54-hole score ... during the season, every UW golfer, except for freshman Rick Doerr (only one tournament appearance) carded a round in the 60s ... Mackenzie led UW with 12 rounds in the 60s ... he shot in the 60s once every three rounds ... Mackenzie shot par or better during 25 of 36 rounds ... Mackenzie carded top-10 finishes in nine of 12 events to set a UW single-season record ... with 13 career top-10 finishes, Mackenzie is tied for second on UW's career list ... Mackenzie was named a semifinalist for the Hogan Award, presented to the nation's top collegiate golfer ... Mackenzie was selected to participate in the Savanne All-American where he finished eighth ... with two tournament wins, Mackenzie tied former Husky O.D. Vincent with three career tournament victories, a UW record ... Mackenzie's stroke average (70.92) is on track to break Troy Kelly's single-season record of 72.4 he set in 1999 ... Conner Robbins (72.07), John Robertson (72.09) and Derek Berg (72.22) have all posted better stroke averages this season than Kelly did in 1979.

CHAMPIONSHIPS PREVIEW: Trysting Tree Golf Club was the site of both the men's and women's 2001 NCAA West Regional and last hosted the Pac-10 men's golf championships in 1992 . . . Nine of the 10 Pac-10 teams competed at Trysting Tree last spring when it hosted the regional . . . ARIZONA is led by junior Ricky Barnes, the defending Pac-10 champion, as well as sophomore Chris Nallen, who paces the Cats with a 71.06 stroke average. Barnes carded a 7-under 209 at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational (April 12-13) to finish 10th, his lowest three-round total on the season. UA has five Top-10 finishes in 2001-02, with a season-best second-place effort at the PING/U.S. Collegiate in Tucson (April 5-7) . . . ARIZONA STATE turned in its best performance of the season in its last outing, despite playing without its No. 1 player. ASU fired a 26-under 838 to place second at its own Thunderbird Invitational (April 12-13), while junior Chez Reavie, the 2001 U.S. Public Links Champion, played in the Masters. Reavie leads the Sun Devils with a 72.67 stroke average . . . Sophomore Peter Tomasulo leads CALIFORNIA with a 72.20 stroke average and tied for fourth at the Western Intercollegiate (April 7-9). He tied for eighth at the U.S. Intercollegiate (April 20-21), with a 1-over 214 . . . OREGON looks to extend its string of consecutive top six finishes to six. The Ducks turned in a fourth-place finish at the U.S. Intercollegiate. Senior Aaron Byers posts a team-best 72.30 stroke average, with seven Top-10 efforts . . . Tournament host OREGON STATE is led by senior David Yarnes, with four Top-25 finishes and a 73.60 stroke average. At U.S. Intercollegiate, Yarnes placed seventh at even-par 213. The Beaver lineup features three of the five players who competed in the 2001 NCAA Championships . . . STANFORD has five Top-10 finishes this season and is coming off a second-place showing at the U.S Intercollegiate (April 20-21), which the Cardinal hosted. Senior Phillip Rowe won the event at 8-under 205. He fired a season-low 66 at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational (April 12-13) . . . A young and talented UCLA squad has eight Top-10 finishes this year. The Bruins placed third at the U.S. Intercollegiate (April 20-21). Freshmen John Poucher leads the team with a 72.60 stroke average, while sophomore John Merrick, the 2001 Southern California Amateur Champion, is second at 72.80 . . . Ninth-ranked USC carded a three-round total of 4-under 848 to win the U.S. Intercollegiate (April 20-21) hosted by Stanford. Three Trojans finished in the top four, led by senior Kevin Stadler, who took second place. It was the fifth Top-5 finish for Stadler and his third time in the runner-up spot. USC has six Top-5 finishes this season, including two wins . . . WASHINGTON boasts four tournament wins in 2001-02 and has finished first, second or sixth in eight events. The Huskies will rely on the leadership of sophomore Brock Mackenzie (70.92 stroke avg.), who has posted nine Top-10 finishes this season . . . WASHINGTON STATE is led by junior Dustin White, who has finished in the Top-25 in 11 of 12 tournaments. Senior Jon Reehorn fired a 2-under 211 to place third at the U.S. Intercollegiate (April 20-21). The Cougars finished fifth and have posted three Top-10 performances on the year.

LAST YEAR'S RESULTS: USC captured its first Pac-10 men's golf championship since 1986 with a 20-under 1400, four strokes ahead of second-place finisher Arizona State. Hunter Mahan, the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, paced the Trojans to their 16th Conference title overall with a 13-under 271 to finish second. Arizona's Ricky Barnes took Pac-10 medalist honors with a 16-under 268. Barnes, who shared Pac-10 Co-Men's Golfer of the Year with Arizona State's Jeff Quinney, led Arizona to a third-place finish at the NCAA Championships. ASU finished sixth, followed by Oregon State in a tie for 12th. USC's Kurt Schuette earned Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors.


Team Results

 1. USC              346-347-358-349-1400 2. Arizona State    347-350-361-346-1404 3. Arizona          352-351-350-355-1408 4. Washington       359-348-351-353-1411 5. UCLA             357-347-362-364-1430 6. Stanford         354-355-368-361-1438 7. Washington State 358-356-366-359-1439 8. Oregon           363-364-362-351-1440 9. California       357-358-356-371-144210. Oregon State     364-366-361-356-1447

Top-5 Individuals

1.  Ricky Barnes, ARIZ   65-66-69-68-2682.  Hunter Mahan, USC    68-69-67-67-2713.  Matt Jones, ASU      70-65-69-69-2734.  Corey Prugh, WASH    72-67-67-69-2755.  Alex Kuyumijan, USC  72-68-70-66-276    Chris Nallen, ARIZ   66-68-70-72-276
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