Husky Golfers Climb Five Spots at NCAA Championships

May 20, 2004

Auburn, AL - Led by sophomore Paige Mackenzie's 3-under 69, the 12th-ranked Washington women's golf team posted its best single-round score at the NCAA Championships and moved up five spots to a four-way tie for 14th place entering Friday's final round of play. As a team the Huskies shot 9-over 297. Washington's three-day total is 36-over 900.

Washington will be teamed with Arizona and Tennessee during Friday's play. The Huskies will start their final round from the 10th tee at 9 a.m. local time. Washington has a chance to post its best-ever NCAA finish. In 1995 and 2001 the Huskies placed 16th overall. This year's tournament mark's Washington's sixth appearance at the NCAA Championships.

UCLA, the West Regional champion, owns a five-stroke lead over second-place Oklahoma State in the race for the team title. The Bruins posted a 2-under 286 Thursday and are 6-under 858 after 54 holes of competition. Top-ranked Duke, the East Region champion and heavy favorite to win the tournament is third at 1-over 865. The Blue Devils shot 292 Thursday to fall seven strokes behind the Bruins. California is fourth overall at 19-over 883.

A trio of players broke away from the pack Thursday in the hunt for medalist honors. UCLA's Susie Mathews and Oklahoma State's Karin Sjodin both shot 4-under 68 and remained tied for first at 8-under 208. California's Sarah Huarte is third at 7-under 209 thanks to a 5-under 67. Three players are tied for fourth at 2-under 214.

Mackenzie's sub-par round moved her up to 23rd on the leaderboard. She has a chance to make her second top-25 finish at the NCAAs. She was 25th during her freshman season in 2002.

Credit a late night telephone call between Mackenzie and her older brother, Brock, who is a senior All-American on the men's team, as motivation for her solid play Thursday.

'We were on the phone and about to hang up and I told him to play well,' Mackenzie said. 'I told him he better have a good round because I knew I was going to play well. He said that if I was going to beat him, I better go out and shoot 64. Well, it wasn't 64 but it was pretty good.'

Mackenzie picked up a pair of birdies on her first nine holes before falling back to even. She then chipped in on the par-five fourth hole for an eagle to go back to two under. She dropped in a 12-foot putt on the seventh hole and just missed another on the eighth green to post the second-best single-round NCAA Championship score in Husky history. Mackenzie's 69 followed up a 78 she posted during the second round.

'That is usually what happens with Paige,' said Husky coach Mary Lou Mulflur. 'If she has a rough day she comes back and plays well and I would expect nothing less from her than to go out and have a great round.'

Mackenzie has led Washington in half of its 10 tournaments this season. She entered the NCAAs with a team-best 74.39 stroke average. The 69 marked just the third time this year she has posted a score better than 70.

'I had a good feeling about today,' Mackenzie said. 'I hit the ball off the tee better today. Yesterday I hit four fairway bunkers off the tee and that just does not put you in a position to score. I felt like my swing was better and everything was just clicking. I made a few putts today that I didn't make yesterday and that really helped. Everything just felt better.'

Husky freshman Ashley Bickerton had an even better rally than Mackenzie. After shooting 85 during the second round she rebounded to post a 72 Thursday. Back-to-back birdies over her final four holes helped her pull even. She did almost exactly the same thing during NCAA West Regional play. She shot 82 in the second round and came back with a 72 during the final day of play.

'My front nine was not great, but I managed to stay away from the high numbers,' Bickerton said. 'I really turned in on during the last five or six holes and that felt nice. I was going at the pins and was able to stick it today. Today I had a normal round of putting, so that was nice.'

Washington's Sung Ea Lee shot 77 and is 62nd overall at 10-over 226. Senior Lindsay Morgan and freshman Amber Prange are tied for 95th at 16-over 232. Morgan had a 79 Thursday while Prange posted an 80. Bickerton is 107th overall at 19-over 235.

'Everybody has shown they can play the course,' Mackenzie said. 'We just haven't put it all together yet. We seem to show up late at tournaments, so hopefully tomorrow will be the day.

'I told them after the round that they have all proved they can play this golf course,' Mulflur said. 'Now, let's just prove we can do it as a team, not just individuals.'

2004 NCAA Women's Golf Championship
Third Round Results
Lake Course at Grand National
Auburn, AL
Par 72, 6,615 yards

Team Results

 1  UCLA                  -6    289-283-286-858 2  Oklahoma State        -1    288-293-282-863 3  Duke                  +1    289-284-292-865 4  California           +19    309-282-292-883 5  Vanderbilt           +20    298-284-302-884 6  Texas                +26    302-295-293-890 7  Ohio State           +27    296-292-303-891 8  Georgia              +28    302-297-293-892 8  Arizona State        +28    310-291-291-89210  Stanford             +33    303-296-298-89710  Florida State        +33    301-301-295-89710  Wake Forest          +33    298-289-310-89713  Southern California  +34    307-286-305-89814  New Mexico           +36    304-292-304-90014  Furman               +36    302-296-302-90014  Arizona              +36    302-300-298-90014  Washington           +36    305-298-297-90018  Tennessee            +37    303-297-301-90119  Baylor               +38    299-308-295-90220  North Carolina       +40    304-300-300-90421  UNLV                 +45    308-299-302-90921  Purdue               +45    307-294-308-90923  Texas A&M            +46    306-302-302-91023  Michigan State       +46    302-310-298-910

Individual Results

  1   Susie Mathews, UCLA                    -8   71-69-68-208  1   Karin Sjodin, Oklahoma State           -8   71-69-68-208  3   Sarah Huarte, California               -7   73-69-67-209  4   Sofie Andersson, California            -2   75-68-71-214  4   Meaghan Francella, North Carolina      -2   74-69-71-214  4   Charlotte Mayorkas, UCLA               -2   74-69-71-214  7   Allison Fouch, Michigan State          -1   70-72-73-215  7   Virada Nirapathpongporn, Duke          -1   71-72-72-215  7   Mallory Underwood, Oklahoma State      -1   72-73-70-215 10   Sarah Jacobs, Vanderbilt                E   72-69-75-216 10   Brittany Lang, Duke                     E   72-70-74-216 10   Jessica Shepley, Tennessee              E   73-72-71-216 13   Ashley Gomes*, San Jose State          +1   70-75-72-217 14   Allison Hanna, Ohio State              +2   69-73-76-218 14   Leigh Anne Hardin, Duke                +2   73-73-72-218 14   Josefin Svenningsson, Baylor           +2   74-72-72-218 14   Gina Umeck, UCLA                       +2   71-72-75-218 18   Christine Hallstrom, Wake Forest       +3   76-70-73-219 18   Candy Herrera, Oklahoma State          +3   72-75-72-219 18   Sunny Oh, UNLV                         +3   72-75-72-219 18   Kristen White, Ohio State              +3   75-71-73-219 18   Courtney Wood, Vanderbilt              +3   75-72-72-219 23   Elizabeth Allen*, CSU-Northridge       +4   73-74-73-220 23   Elizabeth Janangelo, Duke              +4   73-70-77-220 23   Paige Mackenzie, Washington            +4   73-78-69-220 23   Tiffany Tavee, Arizona State           +4   77-71-72-220 27   Irene Cho, Southern California         +5   73-70-78-221 27   Kelly Froelich, Georgia                +5   79-74-68-221 27   Anna Grzebien, Duke                    +5   75-72-74-221 27   Beth Hermes, Purdue                    +5   71-72-78-221 27   Hannah Jun, UCLA                       +5   76-73-72-221 27   Jenny Suh, Furman                      +5   77-72-72-221 27   Annie Thurman, Oklahoma State          +5   73-76-72-221 34   Erica Blasberg, Arizona                +6   78-73-71-222 34   Janice Olivencia, Texas                +6   75-69-78-222 34   Whitney Wade, Georgia                  +6   74-74-74-222 37   Chris Brady, Vanderbilt                +7   74-72-77-223 37   Kailin Downs, New Mexico               +7   76-71-76-223 37   Adrienne Gautreaux*, South Carolina    +7   73-72-78-223 37   Alissa Kuczka, Arizona State           +7   76-73-74-223 37   Ashley Prange, North Carolina          +7   72-72-79-223 37   Katie Quinney, Florida State           +7   77-74-72-223 37   Violeta Retamoza, Tennessee            +7   73-75-75-223 37   Krystal Shearer, UCLA                  +7   73-75-75-223 37   Carrie Sordel, Florida State           +7   77-73-73-223 37   Christa Spedding, Texas A&M            +7   73-76-74-223 37   Perry Swenson, Texas                   +7   75-74-74-223 37   Erin Tone, Arizona State               +7   77-72-74-223 49   Jackie Beers, Georgia                  +8   75-75-74-224 49   Christine Fernandez, New Mexico        +8   79-73-72-224 49   Ashley Hoagland, Wake Forest           +8   72-71-81-224 49   Lindsay Knowlton, Ohio State           +8   76-70-78-224 49   Theresa Paik, Furman                   +8   75-73-76-224 49   Angela Rho, Stanford                   +8   76-72-76-224 49   Samantha Richdale *, Illinois State    +8   73-74-77-224 49   Lauren Todd, Stanford                  +8   77-75-72-224 57   Tanya Dergal, Southern California      +9   80-72-73-225 57   Lisa Ferrero, Texas                    +9   78-76-71-225 57   Cassandra Kirkland, Arizona            +9   76-76-73-225 57   Caroline Larsson, Florida State        +9   78-76-71-225 57   Nicole Melton, Texas A&M               +9   77-73-75-225 62   Teesha Ash, Tennessee                 +10   79-73-74-226 62   Rachel Bell, Southern California      +10   77-73-76-226 62   Charmaine Erasmus, Arizona State      +10   80-75-71-226 62   Mandy Goins, Wake Forest              +10   73-72-81-226 62   Sarah Johnston, Furman                +10   75-74-77-226 62   Sung Ea Lee, Washington               +10   76-73-77-226 62   Alejandra Martin, Arizona             +10   74-75-77-226 62   Adrienne Millican *, East Carolina    +10   72-77-77-226 62   Michaelyn Morgan, Baylor              +10   73-77-76-226 62   Onnarin Sattayabanphot, Purdue        +10   74-75-77-226 62   Kristen Svicarovich, Vanderbilt       +10   77-71-78-226 62   Jenni Tangtiphaiboontana, Stanford    +10   73-76-77-226 74   Katrina Leckovic, New Mexico          +11   74-75-78-227 74   Ashley Rollins, New Mexico            +11   75-73-79-227 76   Laura Cross *, Southern Methodist     +12   77-74-77-228 76   Kim Kouwabunpat, Stanford             +12   78-77-73-228 76   Elena Kurokawa, UNLV                  +12   74-73-81-228 76   Mariana Salazar, Texas                +12   74-76-78-228 76   Lisa Tyler, Georgia                   +12   76-75-77-228 81   Devan Andersen, Texas                 +13   80-79-70-229 81   Monique Gesualdi, Furman              +13   75-77-77-229 81   Meredith Jones, Baylor                +13   78-76-75-229 81   Hwanhee Lee, UNLV                     +13   78-76-75-229 81   Catalina Marin, So. California        +13   77-74-78-229 81   Natalia Nicholls, Georgia             +13   77-74-78-229 87   Myrte Eikenaar, Purdue                +14   83-70-77-230 87   Stephanie Lue, Stanford               +14   77-73-80-230 87   Sarah Martin, Michigan State          +14   75-83-72-230 87   Beth Marushak, North Carolina         +14   78-79-73-230 87   Kelli McKandless, Baylor              +14   74-83-73-230 87   Deborah Means, Wake Forest            +14   77-76-77-230 93   Lani Elston, Arizona                  +15   74-77-80-231 93   Veronica Felibert, So. California     +15   81-71-79-231 95   Shannon Johnson, New Mexico           +16   79-75-78-232 95   Lindsay Morgan, Washington            +16   78-75-79-232 95   Amber Prange, Washington              +16   80-72-80-232 95   Maria Stinson, Purdue                 +16   79-77-76-232 99   Mar Garcia, Arizona                   +17   80-76-77-233 99   Dana Je, Ohio State                   +17   76-81-76-233 99   Anna Temple, California               +17   84-69-80-233102   Alison Curdt, Florida State           +18   70-78-86-234102   Claire Dury, California               +18   80-76-78-234102   Ann Marie Kersten, Michigan State     +18   79-78-77-234102   Brenda Norris, Texas A&M              +18   78-79-77-234102   Ginny Potthoff, Texas A&M             +18   78-80-76-234107   Connor Atkinson, Furman               +19   79-77-79-235107   Ashley Bickerton, Washington          +19   78-85-72-235107   Jaclyn Burch, Florida State           +19   77-79-79-235107   Kyla Neal, Texas A&M                  +19   82-74-79-235111   Holly Cantwell, Tennessee             +20   78-77-81-236111   Anna Rehnholm, Baylor                 +20   78-83-75-236111   Seema Sadekar, UNLV                   +20   84-75-77-236111   Sophia Sheridan, California           +20   81-79-76-236115   Golda Johansson, Tennessee            +21   79-77-81-237115   Katie Miller, North Carolina          +21   80-80-77-237117   Ashley Knoll, Oklahoma State          +22   86-78-74-238118   Heather Rose, Michigan State          +23   78-77-84-239119   Dayna Burleigh, Michigan State        +25   82-83-76-241120   Jessica Castle, Wake Forest           +26   85-78-79-242120   Young Pak, UNLV                       +26   85-79-78-242122   Allyson Harvie, Ohio State            +28   82-78-84-244122   Romi Irons, North Carolina            +28   80-84-80-244124   Caroline Haase, Purdue                +39   84-87-84-255125   Lindsay Anderson, Arizona State       +40   82-83-91-256
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