Husky Golfers Move Up to 3rd NCAA Regional
May 17, 2002
Albuquerque, NM -
The 14-ranked Washington men's golf team moved up three spots to third place after 36 holes of play at the NCAA West Regional at New Mexico's Championship Course. The Huskies need to finish in the top 10 of the event to advance to the NCAA Championships May 30-June 2 at Ohio State. The final round is scheduled for Saturday.
Only nine strokes separate the top 11 teams in the tournament after two days of play.
Washington shot 293 on Friday for a two-day total of 8-over 584. UNLV leads the field at 582 while Fresno State is second at 583. Pacific and Pepperdine are currently tied for 10th at 589.
The Huskies were led Friday by junior Conner Robbins (Bremerton) who turned in a career best score of 67. That tied Arizona's Ricky Barnes, the tournament leader, for the low round at the event. Robbins score was 21 strokes better than his first round effort, that included a 10 on one par 4. Robbins round included eight birdies and three bogies. All of his birdies came over a stretch of 11 holes.
'I was impressed that Conner came back with that type of effort,' said Husky coach Matt Thurmond. 'This tournament is so tight, that effort really kept us in it today. This course is playing really hard and there are a lot of really good teams here. Our guys are just doing a great job of hanging around. I'm excited that we are just two strokes out of the lead, but you have to keep in mind that we are just five strokes from 10th place.'
The Huskies Dan Potter (Coeur d'Alene) is 22nd overall at 146 after shooting 74 on Friday. Brock Mackenzie (Yakima) carded a 76 to fall back to 36th at 148. John Robertson (Olympia) is 60th at 150 while Corey Prugh (Spokane) is 97th at 154. Despite his impressive round. Robbins only moved up to 105 with a 36-hole score of 155.
Barnes owns a five-shot lead for medalist honors at 137. Four players are tied for second at 142.
NCAA West Regional Championships
New Mexico Golf Course
Par 72, 7,368 yards
1 UNLV 582 2 Fresno State 583 3 Washington 584 4 Arizona 585 4 San Diego State 585 6 Minnesota 588 6 New Mexico 588 6 Texas 588 6 UCLA 58810 Pacific 58910 Pepperdine 58912 Nevada 59212 Oregon 59214 Ohio State 59315 California 59416 Texas Tech 59517 Southern California 59718 Washington State 59819 Stanford 60020 Brigham Young 60221 Arizona State 60622 Illinois State 60723 Colorado State 61024 UC-Irvine 61325 Detroit Mercy 61426 IU-Purdue-Indy 62627 Central Conn. St. 629
22 Dan Potter 146 36 Brock Mackenzie 148 60 John Robertson 150 97 Corey Prugh 154105 Conner Robbins 155
1 Jason Hartwick, Texas 68 1 Ricky Barnes, Arizona 137 2 Jonathon Echols, Fresno State 142 2 Jason Hartwick, Texas 142 2 Justin Smith, Minnesota 142 2 Mark Warman, San Diego State 142 6 Aaron Byers, Oregon 143 6 Zach Doran, Ohio State 143 6 Ben Scribner, Pacific 143 6 Nick Watney, Fresno State 14310 Jason Allred, Pepperdine 14410 John Merrick, UCLA 14410 Peter Tomasul, California 144