Mackenzie Named to Walker Cup Team
Aug. 10, 2003
Seattle - Washington senior golfer Brock Mackenzie (Yakima) has been named to the 2003 United States Walker Cup team that will compete at the Ganton Golf Club in England Sept. 6-7. The selection was announced by the U.S. Golf Association Executive Committee.
Also named to this year's American squad were Trip Kuehne, 18 of Dallas, Casey Wittenberg, 18, of Memphis, Tenn., Bill Haas, 21, of Greer, S.C.; Adam Rubinson, 23, of Fort Worth, Texas; Ryan Moore, 20, of Puyallup, Wash.; Matt Hendrix, 22, of Aiken, S.C.; and Chris Nallen, 21, of Hackettstown, N.J.
'This is a once in a lifetime opportunity,' Mackenzie said. 'It is the highest honor you can receive as an amateur golfer. It is going to be awesome. I'm really looking forward to the trip and the whole experience. They take this very seriously in Englan.
'Words cannot describe how I felt when I got the call on Friday,' he said. 'This really is a dream come true for me.'
'I know this has been Brock's goal for the first day he arrived at Washington,' said Husky coach Matt Thurmond. 'That's an incredibly high goal to set, but he has really worked hard the last three years and I'm very excited he made it. When you consider the number of outstanding amateur golfers there are, to be one of a handful to represent your country in this major of an international competition, is an impressive honor.'
Last season Mackenzie was named a first-team PING All-American by the Golf Coaches Association of America. He became the first Washington golfer to be a first-team selection and the first Husky to be a three-time All-American.
Mackenzie finished fifth at the 2003 NCAA Championships, helping the Huskies to an 11th-place showing.
Mackenzie led Washington during the 2002-2003 season with a 71.63 stroke average, the second best in the program's history. He gained national attention when he shot 12-under 60 at Oregon's Duck Invitational at the Eugene Country Club on March 24. He became just the second collegiate golfer to post a 12-under score and the third to shoot 60 during an event.
He managed a top-10 finish in 10 of the 14 tournaments he played in during the season. He shot par or better in 25 of his 43 rounds. Mackenzie also tied the school record for a 54-hole score with a 202 he shot at The Nelson at Stanford in October.
Mackenzie won the 2002 Pacific Coast Amateur and tied for 11th this past week at this year's event. Also this year, he was sixth at the Northeast Amateur, tied for ninth at the Scratch Players Championship, tied for fourth at the Sahallee Players Championship and tied for 19th at the Porter Cup.
By virtue of being selected to the Walker Cup, Mackenzie will receive an invitation to this year's U.S. Amateur.
The remainder of the 10-man U.S. team is expected to be announced following the U.S. Amateur, Aug. 18-24 at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club.
The Walker Cup Match is contested by male amateur players, one team from the United States and one team from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The teams consist of not more than 10 players and a captain. The Match is conducted every two years, alternately in the U.S. and Great Britain/Ireland.
The Walker Cup was first held in 1922 and is staged every other year. While the United States leads the series 36-6-1, GB&I has won the last two competitions and three of the last four.
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