Mackenzie Begins Walker Cup Play Saturday

Sept. 5, 2003

Seattle - Washington senior golfer Brock Mackenzie is one of 10 players representing the United States in the 39th Walker Cup Match that starts Saturday at the Ganton Golf Club in North Yorkshire, England. Mackenzie will play his first match during the afternoon session when he plays against David Inglis. Mackenzie will not compete during the morning session.

The schedule of play includes matches on Sept. 6 and 7. There will be four foursomes matches (18 holes each) each morning and eight singles matches (18 holes each) each afternoon. Saturday's play starts at 7:30 a.m. for foursomes at 12:30 p.m. for singles (UK times, five hours ahead of EDT). Sunday's foursomes will start at 8 a.m. and the singles will tee off at 1 p.m.

Foursomes is a match where two players compete against two other players in alternate shot format, with each side playing just one ball. A victory in each match scores one point. In the event a match goes 18 holes without a decision, one-half point is awarded to each side.

ABC Sports will televise Sunday's matches from 1-3 p.m. PT

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 original conception of the format was to stage an international team match between all golfing nations. However, in 1921 only two countries developed teams, those being the USA and Great Britain and Ireland. The two countries played an unofficial match that year before the event evolved to what it is today: the pre-eminent amateur team competition in all of golf.

The American side has lost three of the last four Walker Cup competitions, including the last two and has not won on this side of the Atlantic Ocean since 1991 at Portmarnock, Ireland. The USA holds a distinctive edge at 31-6-1.

The U.S. teams was selected by the United States Golf Association, while the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, Scotland, selected the team from Great Britain and Ireland.

The U.S. team, captained by Bob Lewis, 59, of Pepper Pike, Ohio, consists of the following players:

Player, Age, Hometown
Bill Haas, 22, Greer, S.C.
Matt Hendrix, 22, Aiken, S.C.
Trip Kuehne, 31, Dallas, Texas
Brock Mackenzie, 21, Yakima, Wash.
Ryan Moore, 21, Puyallup, Wash.
Chris Nallen, 21, Hackettstown, N.J.
Adam Rubinson, 23, Ft. Worth, Texas
Lee Williams, 21, Alexander City, Ala.
Casey Wittenberg, 18, Memphis, Tenn.
George Zahringer, 50, New York, N.Y.

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.

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