Husky Golfers Open NCAA Play in 12th Place
June 1, 2004
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
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
30 Brock Mackenzie 71 30 Alex Prugh 71 65 Dan Potter 73 88 Erik Olson 74150 Corey Prugh 80
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
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