Husky Women's Golfers Open NCAA Play Tuesday
May 16, 2004
The NCAA Championships
The 12th-ranked Washington women's golf team is one of 24 teams that will compete for the NCAA Championships May 18-21 at the Lake Course at Grand National in Auburn, Ala. The Huskies advanced to the national championship tournament after placing fourth at the NCAA West Regional. This year's appearance is the sixth by Washington at the NCAA Championships and the third in the past four seasons. The Huskies competed in 1995, 1997, 1998, 2001 and 2002. Washington's best finishes came in 1995 and 2001 when the team placed 16th.
The NCAA Championship is a 72-hole format on the par 72, 6,159-yard Lake Course at Grand National. One round (18 holes) will be played Tuesday-Friday, May 18-21. The low four scores for each five-player team will count towards the team total. First- and second-round pairings are predetermined based on seedings. Tee times for the final round will be based on results. The top four scores from each five-person team will count toward the team score.
Grand National is one of eigth complexes on the acclaimed Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail that span the state of Alabama. This $16 million golf facility features two 18-hole championship courses built on the 600-acre Lake Saugahatchee. The Lake Course features 12 holes that are draped along the lake's shores. Grand National was the site for the 2000 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships. The Lake Course was named by Golf Digest as the fourth best new public course in America when it opened in 1993.
Play starts Tuesday at 8 a.m. from both the first and 10th tees. The Huskies are schedule to begin their first round at 1:20 p.m. and then go at 8:50 a.m. on the second day of play. Thursday and Friday's rounds are decided by the team standings with the leaders going off in the afternoon on Thursday and in the morning on the final day of play. Practice rounds will be held on Sunday and Monday. Washington will be paired with Southern California and Florida State during the first two rounds of the tournament.
The teams that qualified for the 2004 NCAA Championships are:
East Regional 1. Duke2. UNLV3. North Carolina4. Florida State5. Wake Forest6. Furman7. Tennessee8. Oklahoma State
Central Regional1. Vanderbilt2. Arizona3. Michigan State4. Southern California5. Baylor6. Purdue7. New Mexico8. Texas A&M
West Regional1. UCLA2. California3. Stanford4. Washington5. Georgia6. Ohio State7. Arizona State8. Texas
Washington coach Mary Lou Mulflur's lineup for the NCAA Championship is: Senior Lindsay Morgan (Walla Walla, Wash.), sophomore Paige Mackenzie (Yakima, Wash.), sophomore Sung Ea Lee (Tacoma, Wash.), freshman Amber Prange (Noblesville, Ind.) and freshman Ashley Bickerton (Ottawa, Ontario). T
The Regional Recap
Led by sophomore Paige Mackenzie's final round 67, the Huskies placed fourth at the NCAA West Regional with a 54-hole score of 892. It was the best finish by a UW squad at a NCAA regional. Washington shot 3-under 285 during Saturday's final round of play. That score was the best single-round performance in UW's postseason history. Washington's scoring players played the front nine in 5-over and the back nine in 8-under during the final round. Mackenzie placed seventh overall at 1-over 217. Sophomore Sung Ea Lee shot 5-over 221 to place 15th, freshman Ashley Bickerton finished 45th at 229, freshman Amber Prange posted a 54-hole total of 230 and was 47th and senior Lindsay Morgan finished 63rd at 234.Top-Five FactorWashington's fourth place showing at the NCAA West Regional marked the seventh time this season the Huskies have posted a top-five finish. A UW golfer has placed in the top-10 in the team's last nine outings. In fact, the only time UW did not have a top-10 finisher was during the season opener at the team's own tournament.
Noting the Huskies
Washington's second-place finish at the Stanford Intercollegiate in October saw the Huskies cut 24 strokes off the school scoring record by posting a 850 ... Washington's lone touranment victory this year was the Bay Area Classic ... the Huskies placed second in three events this year ... Washington was ranked as high as eighth in the Golfweek Standings during the season ... sophomore Paige Mackenzie received a medical redshirt for the 2002-03 season after being sidelined by a back injury.