Huskies Hit the Homestead for NCAA Golf Championships

May 30, 2004

Seattle - The 23rd-ranked Washington men's golf team is the 30th seed at the 2004 NCAA Golf Championships, June 1-4. This year's event is being held at The Cascade Golf Course at The Homestead in Hot Springs, Va. The field includes 30 teams and six individuals who qualified from three regional sites. Live scoring will be available at www.golfstat.com

The 2004 NCAA Championship is a four-day 72-hole event. This year's tournament will feature a cut following the third round of competition. Only the top 15 teams in the standings and top six individuals not on one of those teams will advance to Friday's final day of play. Both team and individual champions will be crowned at the tournament. The tournament features 18 holes of play on each date. Participants will play in threesomes during the competition. Teams participating in the tournament shall consist of a maximum of five players (with four scores counting each day toward the team total).

During the first round of play, Washington will tee off starting at 8:30 a.m. ET from the first tee. The Huskies' second round begins from the 10th tee starting at 1:30 p.m. The Huskies are paired with North Carolina and Kent State during the first two rounds. Tee times for the final two rounds of the tournament will be determined by results.

The teams participating in the 2004 championship are: Arizona, Arizona State, Auburn, Brigham Young, California, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Georgia State, Georgia Tech, Kent State, Kentucky, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Penn State, Pepperdine, Purdue, Rhode Island, SMU, Southern California, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Christian, Toledo, UCLA, Vanderbilt, Washington and Wichita State.

This year's NCAA Championship will be held at The Cascade Course at The Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Va. The par-70 setup will play at 6,679 yards. The Cascade Course is annually ranked among the top 50 courses in the nation by Golf Digest and Golf Magazine. It opened in 1923 and has hosted seven USGA Championship events. The 1932 National Intercollegiate Championship was held at The Cascade Course.

Husky coach Matt Thurmond's lineup for the NCAA Championship will be:

Brock Mackenzie   Sr.   70.56Dan Potter        Sr.   73.24Alex Prugh        Fr.   73.89Erik Olson        RFr.  74.36Corey Prugh       Sr.   75.81

Huskies and the NCAAs
The 2004 NCAA Championship will be the Huskies' 17th appearance in the tournament. It marks the sixth consecutive year Washington has advance to the NCAA Championships. The Huskies top finishes were a fourth-place showing in 1942 and 1999. The top individual showing was by Troy Kelley who was the runnerup in 1999.

Elite Company
Since the Huskies began their current streak of six consecutive NCAA Championship appearances, only five other teams have accomplished that feat. Arizona, Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Oklahoma State are the only other programs to be making their sixth consecutive trip to the NCAAs. Interestingly, each of those schools has won or finished second at the NCAA Championships since 1999. Georgia claimed the 1999 title followed by Oklahoma Sttae in 2000, and Clemson in 2003. Georgia Tech has been a second-place finisher during that span.

NCAA Rewind
Washington finished 11th at the NCAA Championships for the second consecutive year in 2003. The Huskies carded rounds of 314, 300, 301 and 303 at Oklahoma State's Karsten Creek last year for a 72-hole total of 1218. Brock Mackenzie led Washington with a fifth-place finish. He had rounds of 77, 71, 72 and 71 for a four-day total of 3-over 291. John Robertson and Dan Potter tied for 63rd at 312 while Derek Berg carded a 316 and Conner Robbins finished at 334.

UW's NCAA Results

Year   Place  Team Scoring
2003 11th 314-300-301-303-12182002 11th 279-291-285-297-11522001 26th 301-297-5982000 30th 6131999 4th 307-301-291-290-11891997 30th 311-306-6171989 23rd 295-301-5961988 15th 12111966 24th 6241965 11th 6021964 15th 6191963 10th 5971959 19th 6131948 9th 6091946 12th 6521942 4th 604

UW's Top NCAA Individual Finishers

Year   Name               Place   Scoring
1999 Troy Kelley 2nd 75-71-70-71-2872003 Brock Mackenzie 5th 77-71-72-71-2912002 Brock Mackenzie 17th 66-69-72-76-2831989 Todd Tibke 17th 71-73-73-72-2891988 O.D. Vincent 19th 69-69-78-78-2941999 Gordy Scutt 23rd 79-77-72-72-3001999 Rob Rashell 44th 79-76-75-73-3031988 Ted Himka 52nd 76-74-76-74-300

Getting to the NCAAs
Washington finished 10th at the NCAA West Regional Championships at the Crosswater Course at Sunriver in Bend, Ore., to claim the final berth in this year's championship. The Huskies shot 21-over 885 to better UNLV by four shots for 10th place. Brock Mackenzie led Washington with a 13th-place finish. He finished at 1-over 217. Redshirt freshman Erik Olson and senior Dan Potter tied for 33rd at 6-over 222. Olson carded a pair of birdies during his final four holes to help the Huskies into the Championships.

NCAA Experience
Washington's lineup features three golfers who have played in the NCAA Championships at least twice during their careers. For senior Brock Mackenzie, this will be his fourth NCAA Championships. He placed fifth as a junior, was 17th as a sophomore and 28th as a freshman. He has been the Huskies' top finisher at the last three NCAAs. His best single-round score at the NCAAs was an opening-round 66 in 2002 at Ohio State. That year he shot 1-under 283. Last year he finished at 3-over par and as a freshman he was 1-over par. For senior Dan Potter, this is his third consecutive NCAA tournament. He was 63rd during his sophomore and junior seasons. His best round as a 1-under 71 on the opening day in 2002 at Ohio State. Senior Corey Prugh returns to NCAA play for the third time after missing last year's tournament. As a freshman he placed 139th after shooting 11-over 139 (36 holes). He was 97th in 2002, also shooting 11-over.

Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index (May 24)

 1. Florida              70.02 2. Clemson              70.54 3. Georgia              70.76 4. Arizona State        70.80 5. UCLA                 70.87 6. Georgia Tech         71.01 7. Oklahoma State       71.03 8. Arizona              71.05 9. Texas                71.1610. TCU                  71.2611. Southern California  71.4012. Minnesota            71.5113. Oklahoma             71.5714. South Carolina       71.5815. New Mexico           71.5916. UNLV                 71.5917. Kentucky             71.6018. Augusta State        71.6719. Wake Forest          71.7020. California           71.7021. Duke                 71.7722. BYU                  71.7723. Washington           71.8424. Kansas               72.0225. Arkansas             72.08
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