Husky Golfers Head to Las Vegas
March 11, 2004
Seattle - The 29th-ranked Washington men's golf team returns to the links Friday, March 12-14 when the Huskies participate in the 29th annual Southern Highlands Collegiate Championship. The 54-hole event will be held at Southern Highlands Country Club, the home course for 10th-ranked UNLV. All 15 teams are ranked in the top-60 of the current Golfweek rankings. Live scoring of the event will be available at golfstat.com
The SHCC boasts a field that includes the top five teams in the country and 12 in the top 20. Both the top-ranked team in the nation (Florida) and the defending national champion (Clemson) will vie for the title. The field is: No. 1 Florida, No. 2 Clemson, No. 3 Georgia, No. 4 Georgia Tech, No. 5 UCLA, No. 11 Arizona State, No. 13 Augusta State, No. 14 North Carolina, No. 15 Wake Forest, No. 18 New Mexico, No. 20 Arizona, No. 29 Washington, No. 51 North Carolina State, and No. 59 Auburn.
Additionally, the event showcases 10 of the country's top 20 individual players, including top-ranked Bill Haas of Wake Forest. Joining Haas in the field are No. 3 James Heath (Augusta State), No. 4 Matt Hendrix (Clemson), No. 8 Chris Nallen (Arizona), No. 9 Ryan Moore (UNLV), No. 11 Camilo Villegas (Florida), No. 14 Matt Every (Florida), No. 16 Gregg Jones (Clemson), No. 17 Jack Ferguson (Clemson), and No. 20 Brock Mackenzie (Washington). Also in the field is Arizona State's Alejandro Canizares, who ranks 26th nationally and is college golf's defending national champion. Moore and Villegas are both past champions of this event, with Moore capturing the 2003 title and Villegas sharing medalist honors in 2002.
Washington's lineup for the Southern Highlands Collegiate Championship will include Mackenzie, Erik Olson, Reid Rader, Corey Prugh and Alex Prugh. Dan Potter will not participate during the tournament while resting a sore back. Mackenzie currently leads the Huskies with a 70.50 scoring average. He has three top-10 finishes in six events this year.