Men's Golf Team Earns 6th Straight NCAA Berth
May 22, 2004
Bend, OR - The 24th ranked men's golf team finished 10th at the NCAA West Regional to earn the tournament's final berth to the NCAA Championships. It marks the sixth consecutive year the Huskies have qualified for the NCAA Championships. This year's tournament will be held at The Homestead in Hot Springs, Va., June 1-4.
'I just feels great,' said Husky coach Matt Thurmond. 'This was a tough tournament. There were a lot of really good teams here. No matter how good your year has been, it all comes down to being able to qualify out of the regional. This tournament is just a grinder.'
There were some tense moments before Washington wrapped up its return to the national championships. Entering the final round tied with San Diego State for ninth place, Washington shot 14-over 302 Saturday, its highest score of the 54-hole tournament.
The Huskies played the final two holes at Sunriver at 7-over par and went into the clubhouse in 12th place, trailing several teams still on the course. As play unfolded, the scores for the rest of the field competing for final berth to the NCAA Championships continued to rise.
UNLV, which entered the final round in 14th position, shot 9-over 297, but finished four shots behind the Huskies. San Diego State, tied with Washington at the start of the day, shot 309 and faded to 13th place. Pepperdine, which entered the final round in 13th place, carded a 294 to become the only team to move into the top-10 during the final 18 holes. The Waves were ninth, one stroke better than Washington was.
UCLA claimed the team title with a 1-over score of 865. New Mexico, the ninth seed, was second at 866. Also qualifying from the regional were Arizona (872), Arizona State (873), BYU (881), Southern California (881), Toledo (882) and California (882). Toledo, the 13th seed, was the only non top-10 seed to advance from the regional.
'It may not look like it on the scorecards, but we played great,' said Thurmond. 'We might have played better overall than two years ago when we won the regional. We finished 10th, but we were just four shots out of fifth place. The field is so good here, this is just one tough tournament.'
Washington redshirt freshman Erik Olson led the Huskies on Saturday with a final-round 72. He completed the tournament at 6-over 222. Senior Dan Potter posted the same final score after shooting 74 during the final round. Senior All-American Brock Mackenzie finished with a 75 to complete play at 1-over 217. Freshman Alex Prugh turned in a 54-hole total of 226 while his older brother Corey ended the regional at 12-over 228.
'Erik Olson really came through for us today,' Thurmond said. 'He played as our fifth man today and to shoot 72, with two birdies late in his round, was really big. That was a great round on a pressure day with so much at stake.'
If Washington had not qualified as a team, Mackenzie would have missed a fourth straight trip to the NCAA Championships. Only the top two individual finishers from non-qualifying teams receive invitations. Those were claimed by UNLV's Ryan Moore who finished third at 4-under 212 and UTEP's Chris Baryla, who shot 213. Mackenzie was 13th in the final individual standings.
'I'm really excited for our three seniors, Brock, Dan and Corey,' Thurmond said. 'This will mark the fourth year in a row that their team has gone to nationals. There are not many seniors who can say that. It's a statement to how much they have meant to Husky golf.'
Washington is one of just six teams to advance to the NCAAs for the sixth consecutive season. The Huskies placed 11th at the last two NCAA Championships.
While the West Regional went pretty much according to the seeds, with nine of the top-10 teams qualifying for the NCAAs, the other two regional sites were wild affairs. At both the Eastern and Central Regional sites, only five of the top-10 teams advanced. A total of eight teams currently ranked in Golfweek's top-25 poll failed to advance to the nationals.
Clemson captured the East Regional at Yale by six strokes where Penn State, the No. 19 seed placed second. Rhode Island, the No. 22 seed in the East also advanced.
Kentucky, the No. 6 seed, won the Central Regional by 11 strokes. Purdue, Kent State and Wichita State, the Nos. 19, 20 and 21 seeds, respectively, all qualified to play at The Homestead.
NCAA West Regional Championship
Crosswater at Sun River
Par 72, 7,597 yards
1 UCLA 283-288-294-865 +1 2 New Mexico 284-286-296-866 +2 3 Arizona 288-287-297-872 +8 4 Arizona State 286-289-298-873 +9 5 Brigham Young 286-289-306-881 +17 5 Southern California 286-294-301-881 +17 7 Toledo 286-292-304-882 +18 7 California 301-277-304-882 +18 9 Pepperdine 292-298-294-884 +2010 Washington 293-290-302-885 +2111 UNLV 300-292-297-889 +2512 UCF 296-293-302-891 +2713 San Diego State 287-296-309-892 +2814 UC Riverside 293-297-306-896 +3215 Colorado State 297-290-314-901 +37
Individual Leaders 1. Travis Johnson, UCLA 66-73-72-211 -5 1. Chris Nallen, Arizona 71-68-72-211 -5 3. Ryan Moore, UNLV 69-71-72-212 -4 4. Oscar Alvarez, Brigham Young 69-70-74-213 -3 4. Chris Baryla, Texas El Paso 73-69-71-213 -3 6. Andreas Hoegberg, UCF 72-70-72-214 -2 6. Spencer Levin, New Mexico 69-72-73-214 -2 6. John Poucher UCLA 69-71-74-214 -2 6. Michael Putnam Pepperdine 72-73-69-214 -2 6. Peter Tomasulo California 72-68-74-214 -211. Brad Heaven Toledo 70-74-72-216 E11. Brendan Steele UC Riverside 71-72-73-216 E13. Jay Choi New Mexico 70-74-73-217 +113. Joe Lanza St. Mary's 72-73-72-217 +113. Henry Liaw Arizona 71-68-78-217 +113. Brock Mackenzie Washington 71-71-75-217 +113. Chez Reavie Arizona State 73-73-71-217 +118. Charlie Beljan New Mexico 74-66-78-218 +218. Aaron Goldberg San Diego State 69-73-76-218 +218. Barry Roof UCF 70-74-74-218 +221. Moises Cobo Coastal Carolina 74-73-72-219 +321. Randy Creighton Pepperdine 70-76-73-219 +321. James Love Denver 73-73-73-219 +321. Jesse Mueller Arizona State 70-70-79-219 +321. Taylor Wood Southern California 70-72-77-219 +3
Qualifying Teams from East Regional at Yale 1 Clemson 288-291-277-856 +16 2 Penn State 290-285-287-862 +22 3 Georgia 287-293-284-864 +24 3 Georgia Tech 291-288-285-864 +24 5 Florida 286-290-290-866 +26 6 Auburn 294-286-287-867 +27 7 Georgia State 288-300-283-871 +31 8 Rhode Island 292-289-296-877 +37 9 Vanderbilt 299-291-290-880 +4010 North Carolina 294-283-305-882 +42
Qualifying Teams from Central Regional at Purdue 1 Kentucky 298-285-299-882 +18 2 Oklahoma State 287-298-308-893 +29 3 Oklahoma 305-294-297-896 +32 4 Texas A&M 292-303-304-899 +35 5 Texas 298-296-307-901 +37 5 TCU 305-297-299-901 +37 7 Purdue 295-302-308-905 +41 8 Wichita State 302-300-306-908 +44 9 SMU 302-299-308-909 +4510 Kent State 301-305-304-910 +46