Husky Men's Golfers Head to Pac-10 Championships
April 25, 2003
Seattle - The 20th-ranked Washington men's golf team will participate in the 43rd Pac-10 Championships April 28-30 at Oakmont Country Club in Glendale, Calif. UCLA is the host school for this year's event. Competition begins on Apr. 28 at 7:30 a.m. from the first and 10th tees. Competition on Apr. 29 and 30 also begins at 7:30 a.m. from the first and 10th tees.
The format for the Pac-10 Championship includes 72 holes of play over three days. Monday will include 36 holes of competition. The Pac-10 tournament features six golfers from each team with the five best scores counting during each round.
Noting the FieldThe field for the Pac-10 Championship makes it one of the nation's top tournaments. Arizona enters the event ranked sixth in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. UCLA is ranked 11th in the poll, Arizona State is 16th followed by the Huskies at 20th. USC at 26th and California at 38th round out the list of Pac-10 schools in the top-40.
Nine of the top 50 individual collegiate golfers will play in the event. Heading that list is Arizona's Chris Nallen, who is ranked 11th by Golfweek. Teammate Ricky Barnes, the current U.S. Amateur Champion, is ranked 12th. Husky junior All-American Brock Mackenzie is ranked 19th followed by Arizona State's Alejandro Canizares at 25th, California's Peter Tomasulo at 30th, ASU's Chez Reavie at 32nd and Stanford's Jim Seki at 34th.
Last Year's ResultsSeki is the Pac-10 defending individual champion. Last year he shot 4-under 284 to beat USC's Kevin Stadler and Stanford's Philip Rowe by one stroke for medalist honors at Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis. Washington's Brock Mackenzie was seventh overall at 1-over 289.
USC won its second consecutive Pac-10 title last year by shooting 1441 over four rounds. Stanford was second at 1456. The Huskies placed sixth at 1476.
Huskies' Pac-10 HistoryWashington has won Pac-10 Championships in 1961, 1963 and 1988. Clint Names, who also played guard on the Huskies' basketball team, won medalist honors in 1961. Current UCLA head coach O.D. Vincent captured the conference title for the Huskies in 1988. In recent campaigns, the Huskies' best Pac-10 finishes came in 1999 and 2001 when Washington placed fourth.
Huskies Hosting RegionalsWashington will play host to the 2003 NCAA West Regional May 15-17 at Washington National Golf Club in Auburn. The 54-hole event will feature 30 teams and six individuals who will compete for the opportunity to advance to the NCAA Championships May 28-31 at Karsten Creek in Stillwater, Okla. The top 10 teams and top two at-large individuals will qualify for the NCAA Championships. This marks the fist time Washington has hosted an NCAA men's regional championship. Last year Washington National was the site for the 2002 NCAA Women's Golf Championship.
Noting the Huskies
Brock MackenzieA candidate for the Ben Hogan Award for the second consecutive year ... tied a pair of NCAA records when he shot 12-under 60 during the second round of Oregon's Duck Invitational at the Eugene Country Club on March 24 ... he became the third collegiate player to shoot 60 and just the second to post a 12-under round ... leads Huskies in stroke average at 71.4 ... is ranked 19th in Golfweek standings ... is currently third in the nation in par-five scoring with a 4.53 average ... leads Washington this year in rounds (32), top-10 finishes (seven), rounds in the 60s (eight), under-par rounds (12) and par rounds (five) ... won the Duck Invitational with a nine-under score of 27 ... was second at the Nelson (202) ... placed fourth at the All-American in El Paso in November ... his three event titles ties him with former Husky O.D. Vincent (current UCLA head coach) in the UW record books ... set UW single-season stroke average record in 2002 at 71.1 ... has 21 career top-10 finishes to lead all Husky golfers in that category.
Brock in the Record BookResearch done regarding NCAA men's golf low rounds has produced the following rounds of 62 or lower. The NCAA does not keep records except at the NCAA Championships:
Name/School Tournament Score/Under par
Brock Mackenzie, Washington 2003 Duck Invitational 60 (-12)Bryce Molder, Georgia Tech 2000 Palmetto Dunes Collegiate 60 (-12)Paul Casey, Arizona State 1999 Pac-10 Championship 60 (-10)Tiger Woods, Stanford 1996 Pac-10 Championship 61 (-11)Hunter Mahan, Oklahoma State 2002 U. S. Collegiate Championship 62 (-10)Jess Daley, Northwestern 2000 U.S. Collegiate 62 (-10)Alex Rocha, Mississippi State 2000 Billy Hitchcock 62 (-10)Martin Martiz, Tulsa 1999 Red River Classic 62 (-10)Jeff Quinney, Arizona State 1999 ASU Thunderbird/SAVANE 62 (-10)Chad McCarty, Iowa 1997 Kentucky Johnny Owens Invit. 62 (-10)Notah Begay III, Stanford 1994 NCAA Tournament 62 (-10)Tim Herron, New Mexico 1992 Tucker Invitational 62 (-10)Dave Peege, Ole Miss 1985 Gator Intercollegiate 62 (-10)Bob Gregorski, Wisconsin 1983 Wisconsin Invitational 62 (-10)Bryce Molder, Georgia Tech 2000 Jerry Pate Intercollegiate 62 (-9)Robert Gamez, Arizona 1989 NCAA Championships 62 (-8)
Derek BergHas posted a 74.5 stroke average ... won the Northwest Shootout with a 36-hole total of 141 ... was UW's top finisher at the Western Intercollegiate, placing eighth at 213 ... has three top-10 finishes this season ... best round was a 68 he shot at Northwest Shootout at Washington National in rainy conditions ... top tourney was 5-under 211 at Oregon Duck Invitational to place fifth overall.
Corey PrughIs second on the team with a 73.8 stroke average ... best 18-hole score this season was 68 he recorded during the third round of The Nelson ... finished 19th overall and second for UW at the Mackenzie Invitational ... best tourney score was even-par 214 at Waikoloa Intercollegiate ... has carded five top-10 finishes during his career.
Dan PotterHas a 74.5 stroke average this season ... has only placed in the top-10 at a tournament once this year (Northwest Shootout), but has been UW's number-three scorer in five of eight events ... led the Huskies in scoring at the National Invitational with a 3-over 219 for 15th place ... shot 7-under 64 during the first round of The Nelson to equal what was at the time the lowest 18-hole score in UW history ... finished that tournament at 3-over 216 ... best tourney score was even-par 214 at Waikoloa Intercollegiate.
Conner RobbinsHas a 74.6 stroke average ... led UW at the PING/Golfweek Preview with a fifth place finish at 218 ... also placed fifth at the Northwest Shootout .. has a total of seven top-10 finishes in his career ... best round of the season was a 66 he shot during second 18-holes of the Waikoloa Intercollegiate ... best tourney score was 1-under 213 at that same event.
John RobertsonCurrently has a stroke average of 75.1 ... has played in six tournaments this year ... will become UW's all-time leader in rounds played at the Pac-10 ... currently has 137 and needs three more to move pas Scott Kral (139) into first place on that list ... has seven top-10 finishes in his career to ranked 10th on that UW all-time list ... his 72.4 scoring average