Husky Golfers Open NCAA Play in 12th Place

June 1, 2004

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Hot Springs, VA - After opening the NCAA Championships with a 9-over 289 the 23rd-ranked Washington men's golf team is tied for 12th place in the 30-team field. The Huskies were led by freshman Alex Prugh and senior Brock Mackenzie, who both toured the Cascade Course at The Homestead at 1-over 71 to tie for 30th. Washington entered the tournament as the number 30 seed after finishing 10th at the NCAA West Regional, earning the final berth into the tournament.

California, which played in the morning session, grabbed the first round lead. The 20th-ranked Golden Bears shot 1-under 279 led by Jeff Hood's 5-under 65. Hood had four birdies and one eagle during his round. Georgia's Kevin Kisner and TCU's Adam Meyer are tied for second at 4-under 66.

'It was a solid day,' said Husky coach Matt Thurmond. 'We could be worse, we could be better. We lost a few shots coming in, but it got a lot tougher when the wind picked up. Overall, I thought they really hung in there well today. We had some great up and downs and some clutch birdies. There were just a couple of tactical errors to fix and we can do that.'

Playing in the morning session, the Huskies took advantage of a day that saw the winds grow steadily into strong gusty conditions by the afternoon on the par-70, 6,679-yard mountain course. Washington had hoped for a better overall team score, but the winds grew stronger as they arrived at the back-to-back par five holes at 16 and 17 and the par three finishing hole. The Huskies completed the stretch at 1-under led by back-to-back birdies by Alex Prugh on 16 and 17 and a pair of birdies by senior Dan Potter on 17 and 18.

'You kind of bank on those last couple of holes,' Thurmond said. 'You would like to go through there and be able to pick up a few shots there. When we got to them, the wind had really started to pick up.'

Mackenzie, the final Husky to complete his round, finished with pars on the final three holes.

'I was very disappointed because I knew if I were even or so coming down the stretch I would have a good chance to birdie 16 and 17,' Mackenzie said. 'It turned into a situation of just trying to make pars. That was a bit unfortunate.'

Mackenzie is in much better position on the leaderboard after his first round than last season when he opened NCAA play at Oklahoma State's Karsten Creek with a 5-over 77. He rebounded to finish fifth overall at 5-under 283.

'I think I hit almost every green, but I had three three-putts,' Mackenzie said. 'I hit my driver really well and hit my irons well to where I was on the greens, but I was not as sharp as I would have liked to have been. I wasn't on the pin today. My yardages were not quite right. It would have been nice to shoot in the red today with as good as I kept it in play.'

Washington managed to avoid posting too many big numbers during the opening round. The Huskies only had to count a pair of scores that were higher than bogie on the day.

Potter posted a par on his first 11 holes before hitting a five-hole stretch that saw him shoot five-over. Like Mackenzie, his effort at The Homestead was a vast improvement over his first round score at last year's NCAAs. He opened the 2003 tournament by shooting 18-over 90. He finished his last three rounds at six-over.

'I thought I played really good on the front side, but I just couldn't get a putt to go in,' said Potter, one of three seniors in the UW's lineup. 'I was in every fairway and on every green. I made my first bogie and it was kind of a letdown because I had all pars up to that point. I kind of got unlucky on the next hole and made a double. The wheels kind of came off for a little bit and I got all the way up to five over. Fortunately I had a could of good shots coming in.'

Potter finished at 3-over 73 to place 65th. Redshirt freshman Erik Olson was the Huskies final counter, posting a round of 4-over 74 that included bogies on his final two holes. Senior Corey Prugh shot 10-over 80.

The Huskies hope the strong winds do not make a return during their second round that gets underway at 1:30 p.m. ET Wednesday.

'You always hope to catch the better wave,' said Mackenzie sounding like a surfer. 'Hopefully tomorrow afternoon it is not like this. We'd like to take advantage of our position so that we can gain on the 'better teams.''

2004 NCAA Men's Golf Championships
Casecade Course at The Homestead
Hot Springs, Va
Par 70, 6,679 yards

Team Results

 1  California           279    -1 2  Brigham Young        280     E 3  TCU                  281    +1 4  Auburn               283    +3 4  Kentucky             283    +3 6  Southern California  284    +4 7  Clemson              285    +5 7  Florida              285    +5 7  Georgia              285    +510  Oklahoma             286    +611  Texas                288    +812  Texas A&M            289    +912  Penn State           289    +912  UCLA                 289    +912  Washington           289    +912  Georgia Tech         289    +917  New Mexico           291   +1118  Georgia State        292   +1218  Purdue               292   +1218  Arizona              292   +1218  Oklahoma State       292   +1222  North Carolina       294   +1422  Kent State           294   +1422  Toledo               294   +1422  Vanderbilt           294   +1422  Arizona State        294   +1427  Pepperdine           295   +1528  SMU                  297   +1729  Wichita State        298   +1830  Rhode Island         299   +19

Washington Results

 30 Brock Mackenzie    71 30 Alex Prugh         71 65 Dan Potter         73 88 Erik Olson         74150 Corey Prugh        80

Individual Leaders

 1  Jeff Hood, California                 65    -5 2  Kevin Kisner, Georgia                 66    -4 2  Adam Meyer, TCU                       66    -4 4  Ryan Moore*, UNLV                     67    -3 4  Jeff Overton *, Indiana               67    -3 6  Jonathan Dismuke, Auburn              68    -2 6  A.J. Elgert*, Kansas State            68    -2 6  Matt Wells, Kentucky                  68    -2 9  Jack Ferguson, Clemson                69    -1 9  Ben Hayes, Southern California        69    -1 9  Travis Johnson, UCLA                  69    -1 9  Kasper Jorgensen, Georgia State       69    -1 9  Mark Leon, Penn State                 69    -1 9  Todd Miller, Brigham Young            69    -1 9  Jessie Mudd, Florida                  69    -1 9  Chris Nallen, Arizona                 69    -1 9  Stephen Polanski, TCU                 69    -1 9  Matthew Rosenfeld, Texas              69    -1 9  Joshua Wooding, Southern California   69    -120  Oscar Alvarez, Brigham Young          70    E20  Alejandro Canizares, Arizona State    70    E20  Jake Ellison, Brigham Young           70    E20  Bill Haas*, Wake Forest               70    E20  Jason Hartwick, Texas                 70    E20  Tyler Leon, Oklahoma State            70    E20  Blake Martin, Oklahoma                70    E20  Madalitso Muthiya, New Mexico         70    E20  Nicholas Thompson, Georgia Tech       70    E20  Chan Wongluekiet, Georgia Tech        70    E30  Mark Blakefield, Kentucky             71    +130  Scott Carlyle, California             71    +130  Carlos Del Moral, Oklahoma            71    +130  Ron Harvey, Jr. , Brigham Young       71    +130  Brad Heaven, Toledo                   71    +130  Matt Hendrix, Clemson                 71    +130  John Holmes, Kentucky                 71    +130  Gregg Jones, Clemson                  71    +130  Brock Mackenzie, Washington           71    +130  Andrew Medley, Auburn                 71    +130  John Merrick, UCLA                    71    +130  Roy Moon, UCLA                        71    +130  Stuart Moore, Auburn                  71    +130  Jesse Mueller, Arizona State          71    +130  Alex Prugh, Washington                71    +130  J.R. Ruda, California                 71    +130  David Schultz, Texas A&M              71    +130  Kevin Silva, North Carolina           71    +130  Brett Stegmaier, Florida              71    +130  Taylor Wood, Southern California      71    +130  Ryan Yip, Kent State                  71    +1

Note: Complete results are available at golfstat.com

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