Husky Men's Golfers Open Season in Japan
Sept. 5, 2003
Seattle - The Washington men's golf team opens its season next week when the Huskies travel to Tanagura, Japan for the 2003 Topy Cup. The Toby Cup is an annual event that matches eight Japanese universities against four from the United States. This year, Arkansas, Duke and Oregon will join the Huskies in representing the USA.
The tournament is scheduled for Sept. 9-11 on the par-72, 7,086-yard Tanagura Country Club course.
The 2003 Topy Cup is Washington's second appearance at the tournament. Washington won the event in 1999, shooting rounds of 303 and 292 to better second-place Duke by two strokes. Troy Kelley shot 73 and 70 to finish first by three strokes.
The Husky roster for the Topy Cup will include seniors Dan Potter and Corey Prugh, sophomore Cody Upham and freshmen Alex Prugh and Reid Rader. Three-time All-American Brock Mackenzie will not travel with the team while competing for the United States at the Walker Cup.
'This is a great advantage to get an early start on the season,' says Husky coach Matt Thurmond. 'The organizers of the event really put on a great tournament, so this will be a great experience for our players. It will also be nice to have Cody, Alex and Reid play in a quality tournament like this so early in their careers.'
Washington placed 11th at last year's NCAA Championships.
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