Husky Men's Golfers Head to Pac-10 Championships
April 23, 2004
The 25th-ranked Washington men's golf team travels to Tucson for the 45th-annual Pac-10 Championships April 26-28. This year's event is hosted by Arizona and will be played at the Gallery at Dove Mountain North Course (par 72, 7,412 yards). The Pac-10 Championship is a 72-hole event that features six-man teams with five-player scoring. The first 36 holes of play will take place Monday following by single rounds on Tuesday and Wednesday. Play starts at 7 a.m. Monday and 7:30 a.m. the final two days.
Washington will be paired with Arizona State during Monday's opening round. The Huskies and Sun Devils are scheduled to tee off at 7:48 a.m. Live scoring of the event will be available at www.golfstat.com
The field for this year's Pac-10 Championship includes six teams that are currently ranked in Golfweek (4/13/04). UCLA is ranked No. 3 , followed by Arizona State at No. 5, Arizona at No. 9, USC at No. 13, California at No. 17 and Washington at No. 25, rounding out the Top-25. As for the rest of the Conference, Stanford is No. 54, Oregon is No. 85, Oregon State checks in at No. 88 and Washington State at No. 106.
Individually, Arizona's Chris Nallen is ranked No. 5 in the nation, while Brock Mackenzie of Washington is ranked No. 8, Chez Reavie of Arizona State is No. 15, Peter Tomasulo of California is right on his heels at No. 16, ASU's Alejandro Canizares is No. 22, Travis Johnson and Steven Conway of UCLA are No. 28 and 33, respectively, while Stanford's Zach Miller rounds out the Top-50 for the Pac-10 at No. 47.
Last year UCLA won its fourth Pac-10 Championship with a commanding 27-stroke margin over second-place Arizona. Arizona State finished third, followed by Stanford and Washington. John Merrick became the fifth UCLA golfer to earn medalist honors, shooting a 12-under 276 to capture the Pac-10 crown. Mackenzie was Washington's top finisher, tying for eighth at 290.
Washington has won three Pac-10 titles. The Huskies took top honors in 1961, 1963 and 1988. Former Husky O.D. Vincent took medalist honors in 1988 while Clint Names won the event in 1961. Mackenzie has finished in the top-10 during each of his three seasons as a Husky. He was ninth as a freshman, seventh as a junior and eighth last year. He is the only Husky to compile three top-10 finishes at the Pac-10 Championships. Senior Corey Prugh was fourth during the 2001 event.
Noting the Huskies
Named one of 10 semifinalists for the 2004 Hogan Award that will be presented to the nation's top collegiate golfer ... should become UW's first three-time first-team All-Pac-10 selection ... ranked No. 8 in latest Golfweek standings ... owns Washington career records for tournament victories (four), top-10 finishes (30), rounds played (152) and the single-season mark for top-10 finishes (11 in 2002) ... has led the team in stroke average all four seasons ... leads Washington with a 70.07 stroke average ... that ranks as the eighth best in the nation by Golfstat ... ranked sixth in the nation by Golfstat for Par 4 Scoring (3.95) ... on pace to break his own single-season stroke average mark of 71.1 he set in 2002 ... also has the second best UW mark at 71.6 from his junior season ... placed in the top-10 in six of nine tournaments this year ... won the Husky Invitational (Sept. 29-30) by shooting 8-under 208 ... has shot par or better during 21 of his 27 rounds this year ... best single-round this year was the 66 he fired at the All-American Classic on Nov. 24 ... has posted 10 of Washington's top 13 single-round scores this year ... top tournament score was 9-under 204 from The Nelson (Oct. 24-26) ... shot 10-under 206 at the ASU/Thunderbird Invitational (April 9-10) ... owns the top six tournament scores on the team this year ... went 3-0 last summer in Walker Cup competition versus players from Great Britain and Ireland ... selected as one of the Seattle Post-Intellingencer's 'Sports Stars of the Year' for 2003 ... only U.S. player to post a perfect mark ... sister, Paige, leads the 13th-ranked UW women's team in stroke average and was a first-team All-Pac-10 selection this year ... previous best finish at the Pac-10 Championships was seventh in 2002.
Currently ranks second on the Husky squad with a 73.04 stroke average ... that stands as his best single-season average during his four-year Washington career ... stroke average would rank as one of the top-10 in Husky single-season history ... ranked sixth in the nation by Golfstat for Par 3 Scoring (3.03) ... has one top-10 finish this year, leading UW at the Taylor Made Waikoloa Intercollegiate with an eighth-place showing ... that was the best tournament finish in his career... shot par or better in 10 of 24 rounds ... top score was 5-under 67 at Waikoloa (Feb. 12) ... has played a total of 107 rounds during his career ... was UW's number-two finisher at the 2003 Pac-10s, placing 21st overall.
Only Husky to play in all nine team tournaments this year ... is third on the team with a 73.07 stroke average ... that would rank among the top-10 single-season marks in UW history ... recorded his first top-10 finish at The Nelson (Oct. 25-27) where he shot 5-under 209 ... best single-round score was a 66 at the ASU/Thunderbird (March 9) ... his 6-under performance during that round was the best against par by a Husky this season ... one of two freshmen on UW roster for Pac-10s ... older brother, Corey, is a senior on the UW roster.
Redshirt freshman making his first appearance at the Pac-10 Championships ... played in seven events this year and posted a 73.95 stroke average ... top tournament finish was 31st place at The Nelson (Oct. 25-27) where he shot even par 213 ... best single-round was also recorded at that event, posting a 2-under 69.
Joins Alex Prugh and Olson as one of three freshmen participating for UW at the Pac-10s ... appeared in five of nine tournaments and posted a 77.07 stroke average ... was UW's number-three finisher at the ASU/Thunderbird (April 9-10), the Huskies last tournament ... top-tourney score was even-par 216 at UNLV's Southern Highlands Collegiate where he finished 21st overall ... posted a 3-under 69 during that event, his best 18-hole score.
One of three Husky seniors in the lineup for the Pac-10s ... appeared in six tournaments this year and owns a 75.67 stroke average ... best tournament this year was at the Waikoloa Intercollegiate (Feb. 11-13) where he shot even-par 216 ... best single-round was a 2-under 70 he carded at that event ... has played a total of 109 rounds during his career ... younger brother, Alex, is a freshman on the UW roster ... best finish at Pac-10 Championships was fourth-place effort in 2001 ... that was the best showing by a Husky in the event in 10 years.
Pac-10 Championship Preview
Arizona is led by senior Chris Nallen, (69.78 stroke average) who is the first Wildcat golfer in 17 years to win three individual titles in the same season. Nallen has six Top-10 finishes so far this year and in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Index is ranked No. 5 in the nation. The Wildcats have won or finished second in five of six events this spring, including victories at the PING/Arizona Intercollegiate (Feb. 2-3), John Burns Invite (Feb. 18-20) and the Hall of Fame Invitational (Mar. 19-21).
Arizona State is coming off its best finish of the year, winning its own ASU Thunderbird/Savane Invitational (Apr. 8-10) after shooting a tournament record 43-under 821. Senior Chez Reavie leads the Devils with a 69.91 stroke average, while last year's NCAA Champion, sophomore Alejandro Canizares, is right behind him with a 70.26 stroke average. ASU has won four tournaments this year, the New Mexico Tucker Intercollegiate (Sept. 12-13), UNLV's Southern Highlands Championship (Mar. 12-14), the National Invitational (Mar. 28-30) and the previously mentioned ASU Thunderbird/Savane Invitational (Apr. 8-10). The Devils have not won four tournaments in a season since 1999-2000.
California is coming off a solid performance in the U.S. Intercollegiate (Apr. 16-18), the Golden Bears shot a 864 to finish in third place. Cal is led by senior Peter Tomasulo with a 70.00 stroke average. Tomasulo, who is a finalist for the Ben Hogan Award, is ranked No. 16 in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Index and has four Top-5 finishes on the season.
Oregon enters the Championships after finishing in eighth place in the U.S. Intercollegiate (Apr. 16-18). The Ducks needed a solid showing if they wanted to make a run for the postseason, shot an 880 in the highly competitive tournament. Sophomore Justin St. Clair leads to Ducks with a 73.00 stroke average. St. Clair has finished in the Top-20 three times this season, and has finished in the Top-10 twice.
Oregon State is led by junior Brad Simpson, who has three Top-30 finishes, including a second place finish at the Duck Invitational (Mar. 22-23). The Beavers have four Top-10 finishes and have finished in the Top-5 twice. OSU most recently finished in the Top-5 at the Duck Invitational, where it finished fourth.
Stanford is led by freshman Zach Miller, who has been both consistent and accurate in his rookie season. Miller, as of Apr. 13, is ranked No. 47 in the country with a 70.96 stroke average. Stanford has six Top-10 finishes, including a season-best third place at the Duck Invitational (Mar. 22-23). The Cardinal enter the Pac-10 Championship after a fifth place finish at the very competitive U.S. Intercollegiate (Apr. 16-18) on Stanford's home course.
UCLA enters the Pac-10 Championship on a high note after winning the U.S. Intercollegiate (Apr. 16-18) at Stanford. UCLA, last year's Pac-10 Champion, is currently ranked No. 3 in the nation and has won its last three tournaments, the Carson Daly Invitational (Apr. 5-6), the Wyoming Cowboy Classic (Apr. 12-13) and the U.S. Intercollegiate (Apr. 16-18). The Bruins have 13 Top-10 finishes, and have won a total of seven tournaments on the season. The Bruins are led by Travis Johnson and Steven Conway who are, No. 28 and 33 in the nation, respectively.
The USC Trojans are playing great golf as of late. The Trojans are entering the Pac-10 Championship after shooting a season-best 29-under-par 835 to finish in third place at the ASU Thunderbird/Savane Invitational (Apr. 8-10). The mark of 835 was one of the lowest in school history, and flirted with the school record of 832, which was shot by the Trojans last season at the same tournament. In the event, three Trojans shot career best, including freshman Josh Wooding, who shot a season-low 204 to finish fourth.
Washington is led by Ben Hogan Award finalist Brock Mackenzie, who is ranked No. 8 in the country with a 70.07 stroke average. Mackenzie has won one tournament, the Husky Invitational (Sept. 29-30) and has finished in the Top-10 in six of nine events. Washington, as a team, has finished in the Top-10 in eight out of nine events. The Huskies have one tournament victory, the Husky Invitational (Sept. 29-30) and have finished in the Top-5 four times.
Washington State has a sharpshooter in freshman Kevin Chen, who fired a school record 8-under 64 in the final round of the Sam Houston Golf Classic (Mar. 13-15). Chen is not the only freshman who is contributing to the Cougars rotation. In fact, the Cougars have three freshman (Chen, Jordan Madison and Logan Toskey) consistently playing in the scoring five. WSU is currently ranked 23rd in Golfstat's freshman class impact ranking. The Cougars have eight Top-10 finishes on the season.