Golfers Climb to Fourth at NCAAs
June 2, 2004
Hot Springs, VA - Behind the stellar play of freshmen Erik Olson and Alex Prugh, the Washington men's golf team moved up to a tie for fourth place at the midpoint of the NCAA Championships. The Huskies shot 2-over 282 during Wednesday's second round to climb eight spots on the leaderboard and trail California by just three shots.
With the 30-team field set to be trimmed in half following Thursday's third round, the Huskies are in a good position to make the 54-hole cut and post the school's third straight top-15 finish.
California continued to hold a one-stroke lead after shooting 289 Wednesday. The Bears' two-day total of 568 is one stroke better than Kentucky and leads BYU by two strokes. Washington is tied with Pepperdine at 11-over 571. The Waves carded the tournament's best round, shooting 4-under 276 Wednesday. Georgia State and UCLA are tied for sixth at 12-over 572.
California's Jeff Hood, Arizona's Chris Nallen and Kentucky's Matt Wells share the lead for medalist honors at 4-under 136. Three other players, including UNLV's Ryan Moore, are tied for fourth at 137.
'We're not that far out of first and we're not really that far out of 15th,' said Husky coach Matt Thurmond. 'There are some really good teams here and we just want to go out and put together another solid round Thursday. Then, let's see where we are and what we can do. We're only halfway through, so its too early to get too excited.'
Olson led the Husky charge by shooting 1-under 69 at the Cascade Course at The Homestead. The redshirt freshman birdied three of his final six holes to equal his best round as a collegiate. It marked just the second time this season he posted a score below par. After two rounds he is tied for 37th at 3-over 143.
Prugh, a true freshman, shot even par to jump to 19th on the leaderboard at 1-over 141. He trails the leaders at the midpoint by five strokes.
'Alex and Eric and playing like veterans,' Thurmond said. 'I've believed all along that they have the potential to be as good as anyone. This week they are stepping up and proving it. I'm really proud of how they have approached this week and how good they have played. They have been very consistent and played 36 holes of very smart golf.'
Senior All-American Brock Mackenzie, who has led Washington in scoring in nine of 11 tournaments this season, posted a 1-over 71 for the second straight day. He is tied for 23rd at 2-over 142. Mackenzie posted three consecutive bogies early in his round, but rebounded by playing the final nine holes at 2-under.
'We haven't had a lot of rounds this year where Brock was our number-three scorer,' Thurmond said. 'He really battled back today and helped the team down the stretch. He's not too far behind the leaders, but I know he is disappointed in his results so far. I think you're going to see him finish really strong over the next two days.'
Senior Corey Prugh, who did not play in last year's NCAA Championships, posted a 2-over 72 to complete the Husky scoring. His two-day total stands at 12-over 152. Senior Dan Potter shot 73 for the second consecutive day.
'What a great team effort that you shoot between 69 and 72 and get to throw out a 73,' Thurmond said. 'If you think about it, we're in a good position after two rounds, but we really haven't played great golf. This course has proved to be tougher than it looks this week. I think a lot of teams here are surprised at the scores being as high as they are.'
Playing the back nine first, the key to the Huskies' round was the par-5 16th hole. Washington posted four birdies on the hole to help make the turn at even par.
'Even more important than playing 16 well was how the team played 10 through 15,' Thurmond said. 'That is such a tough stretch, especially to start your day there. If you can get through there and stay alive, then you can get it going.'
Washington will begin its third round at 7:18 a.m. ET Wednesday. The Huskies will be paired with Pepperdine and Georgia State and start the round from the 10th tee.
2004 NCAA Men's Golf Championships
Second Round Results
Casecade Course at The Homestead
Hot Springs, Va
Par 70, 6,679 yards
1 California 279-289-568 +8 2 Kentucky 283-286-569 +9 3 Brigham Young 280-290-570 +10 4 Washington 289-282-571 +11 4 Pepperdine 295-276-571 +11 6 Georgia State 292-280-572 +12 6 UCLA 289-283-572 +12 8 TCU 281-292-573 +13 8 Arizona 292-281-573 +1310 Florida 285-289-574 +1410 Texas 288-286-574 +1410 Georgia Tech 289-285-574 +1413 Clemson 285-290-575 +1514 Purdue 292-285-577 +1715 Penn State 289-291-580 +2016 Auburn 283-298-581 +2116 Oklahoma 286-295-581 +2116 Oklahoma State 292-289-581 +2119 Kent State 294-288-582 +2219 New Mexico 291-291-582 +2219 Southern California 284-298-582 +2222 Texas A&M 291-292-583 +2323 SMU 297-288-585 +2523 North Carolina 294-291-585 +2525 Toledo 294-292-586 +2626 Georgia 285-302-587 +2727 Arizona State 292-304-596 +3628 Vanderbilt 294-303-597 +3729 Wichita State 298-304-602 +4230 Rhode Island 299-311-610 +50
Individual Leaders 1 Jeff Hood, California 65-71-136 -4 1 Chris Nallen, Arizona 69-67-136 -4 1 Matt Wells, Kentucky 68-68-136 -4 4 A.J. Elgert*, Kansas State 68-69-137 -3 4 Travis Johnson, UCLA 69-68-137 -3 4 Ryan Moore*, UNLV 67-70-137 -3 7 Bill Haas*, Wake Forest 70-68-138 -2 7 Jason Hartwick, Texas 70-68-138 -2 7 Mark Leon, Penn State 69-69-138 -210 Matt Hendrix, Clemson 71-68-139 -110 Kasper Jorgensen, Georgia State 69-70-139 -110 Jeff Overton *, Indiana 67-72-139 -110 Michael Putnam, Pepperdine 74-65-139 -110 Chan Wongluekiet, Georgia Tech 70-69-139 -115 Ben Hayes, Southern California 69-71-140 E15 John Holmes, Kentucky 71-69-140 E15 Shiv Kapur, Purdue 72-68-140 E15 Matthew Rosenfeld, Texas 69-71-140 E19 Mark Lamb, Arizona 72-69-141 +119 Alex Prugh, Washington 71-70-141 +119 Stephen Reed, Texas A&M 73-68-141 +119 Ryan Yip, Kent State 71-70-141 +123 Oscar Alvarez, Brigham Young 70-72-142 +223 Scott Carlyle, California 71-71-142 +223 Jonathan Dismuke, Auburn 68-74-142 +223 Jake Ellison, Brigham Young 70-72-142 +223 Jack Ferguson, Clemson 69-73-142 +223 Jonathan Fricke, Georgia State 73-69-142 +223 Pariya Junhasavasdikul, Purdue 72-70-142 +223 Tyler Leon, Oklahoma State 70-72-142 +223 Spencer Levin, New Mexico 72-70-142 +223 Brock Mackenzie, Washington 71-71-142 +223 Adam Meyer, TCU 66-76-142 +223 Todd Miller, Brigham Young 69-73-142 +223 Jessie Mudd, Florida 69-73-142 +223 Brian O'Flaherty, Pepperdine 73-69-142 +2
Note: Complete results are available at golfstat.com