Husky Golfers Jump to Ninth at NCAA Golf
May 28, 2003
Stillwater, OK ï¿½ Turning in the second best score on the day, the Washingtonmen's golf team climbed 14 positions in the standings to tie for ninthoverall after the second round of the NCAA Championships at Oklahoma State'sKarsten Creek Golf Club. Led by junior All-American Brock Mackenzie, theHuskies shot 12-over 300 for a two-day total of 614 to tie Minnesota and Arizona State onthe leaderboard.
UCLA posted the tournament's best round, a 7-over 295 to take a one-strokelead over the host Cowboys at 598. Clemson is in third place at 601 whileFlorida is fourth at 602.
The Huskies tamed the toughest part of the Karsten Creek Course, posting acumulative four-over score on the back nine, to make their run up theleaderboard.
'That's such a tough side,' said Husky senior John Robertson, who shot5-over 77. 'It's really easy to shoot four-over yourself. To do it with fourguys total is remarkable. That's a good score.'
The Huskies had to do some scrambling over the final three holes to earnthemselves a spot into Thursday's afternoon session of the top 15 teams.Robertson, Derek Berg and Mackenzie each managed one birdie during thestretch to offset having to count a pair of bogies and a double bogie.
After playing his first 15 holes almost flawlessly, Mackenzie faced a hugechallenge on the 16th hole when he sank a 35-foot putt for bogie. His driveleft him having to straddle the edge of the bunker and his approach shotsoared across the fairway into a clump of weeds. After chipping out, he lefthimself with the long putt.
'The hosel was closed when it hit the ground and the ball just took, off onme,' Mackenzie said. 'I was thinking I might make a lot worse than doublebogie on that hole. It got me going again to make that long putt.'
Mackenzie finished the round at 1-under 71 and has a two round total of 148to stand 12th. Auburn's Lee Williams has a four-stroke lead over the rest ofthe field at 3-under 141. Oklahoma State's Hunter Mahan is second at 144while North Carolina State's Jason Moon is third at 145.
Mackenzie's under-par round was just the ninth by a player in the first 36 holes of play.
Robertson is tied for 33rd at 8-over 152 while Derek Berg is 63rd at 156after shooting 77 on Tuesday. Dan Potter, who opened with a 90, rebounded toshoot 77 during the second round to move up to 132nd at 12-over 165. ConnerRobbins had a 90 to drop back to 153rd at 29-over 173.
'We talked on the way to the golf course today about what everybody neededto do,' said Husky coach Matt Thurmond. 'I told Brock he needed to be theguy that really carried us during the final two rounds of the last tworegionals we played. I told him he was the guy we needed to count on to havea great round. That's exactly what he did. His 71 here is probablycomparable to shooting 67 anywhere else. He carried us today.'
Thurmond had high praise for his team's effort on the Karsten Course thatinspired the Tulsa World to lead its sports section with the headline 'NCAAUp the Creek.'
'I can't remember a college tournament on a tougher course,' he said. 'Andthis is just a tough golf course and not tough conditions. The greens couldbe faster. The rough could be longer and the wind can blow harder. It's justlike a U.S. Open.'
With two rounds left to play, the competitors have the feeling thistournament is far from over.
'This is probably the toughest course I've played and that's under perfectconditions,' Mackenzie said. 'I can't imagine if there were high winds outhere. Breaking 80 would be a really good score. This is basically a U.S.Open type of course. This is a strong test and by the end of the week thebest teams are going to rise to the top.'
'We finished our round and went inside to see the update and had to laugh,'Potter said. 'Here we've had two guys shoot 90 and we're sitting here inninth place. That's unheard of. Over four days the strokes are going to addup here more and more. They're going to run out of room on the scoreboardbecause there are going to be teams in triple digits after a while.'
Washington will tee of at 12:45 p.m. CST from the 10th tee during the thirdround with Arizona and Arizona State.
Karsten Creek Golf Club
Par 72, 7095 yards
1 UCLA 303 295 598 2 Oklahoma State 299 300 599 3 Clemson 299 302 601 4 Florida 302 300 602 4 Auburn 299 303 602 6 Wake Forest 304 306 610 7 Southern California 300 311 611 8 UNLV 313 300 613 9 Minnesota 305 309 614 9 Arizona State 306 308 614 9 Washington 314 300 61412 Arizona 307 308 61513 Georgia Tech 310 306 61613 North Carolina 308 308 61613 North Carolina State 299 317 61616 Augusta State 311 306 61716 Wichita State 308 309 61718 Texas 306 314 62019 Georgia 315 306 62120 New Mexico 309 314 62320 Oregon 323 300 62322 Illinois 304 320 62423 Duke 300 326 62624 Tennessee 320 310 63025 Kentucky 309 323 63226 Vanderbilt 320 313 63327 SMU 316 319 63528 Arkansas 314 326 64029 South Carolina 313 331 64430 San Diego State 323 327 650
12 Brock Mackenzie 77 71 17833 John Robertson 75 77 15263 Derek Berg 79 77 156132 Dan Potter 90 77 165153 Conner Robbins 83 90 173
1 Lee Williams, Auburn 69 72 141 2 Hunter Mahan, Oklahoma State 73 71 144 3 Jason Moon, North Carolina State 72 73 145 4 Alejandro Canizares, Arizona State 77 70 147 4 David Denham, Georgia 74 73 147 4 Jason Hartwick, Texas 77 70 147 4 John Merrick, UCLA 75 72 147 4 Ryan Moore, UNLV 76 71 147 4 Matthew Rosenfeld, Texas 71 76 147 4 Mike Sica, Oregon, U. of 73 74 147 4 Chris Stroud, Lamar University 70 77 14712 John Holmes, Kentucky, U. of 72 76 14812 Travis Johnson, UCLA 74 74 14812 Brock Mackenzie, Washington 77 71 14815 Ricky Barnes, Arizona 75 74 14915 Jack Ferguson, Clemson 73 76 14915 Roy Moon, UCLA 76 73 14915 Richard Treis, North Carolina 75 74 14915 Oliver Wilson, Augusta State 70 79 149