UW Golfers Enter Final Round of NCAAs in Fourth Place

June 3, 2004

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Hot Springs, VA - The 23rd-ranked Washington men's golf team shot 5-over 285 during the third round of the NCAA Championships Thursday to remain in fourth place entering Friday's final 18 holes of play. The Huskies trail tournament leader UCLA by nine strokes and are just four shots out of second place. Washington is tied with Arizona at 16-over 856 after 54 holes of play. California is second at 855 and Kentucky remains second at 852.

In the hunt for medalist honors, UNLV's Ryan Moore shot a tournament-best 6-under 64 Thursday to take a two-stroke lead into the final round. Moore is at 9-under 201 during the tournament. Arizona's Chris Nallen trails Moore is second at 203. Kentucky's Matt Wells is third at 5-under 204.

Husky senior All-American Brock Mackenzie broke par for the first time during the tournament, shooting 1-under 69 on the Cascade Course at The Homestead. Mackenzie opened with 10 straight pars before posting a bogie on the par-4 second hole. He rebounded with a pair of birdies down the stretch. The fifth-place finisher at last year's NCAAs, Mackenzie enters the final round in 13th place at 1-over 211.

'It's about time,' Mackenzie said of finally posting a number in the red. 'Unfortunately, today, I felt like I could have shot a 66 but I just wasn't able to take advantage of some putts early in my round. I think I hit every fairway today, so overall I'm happy with how I played.'

Senior Corey Prugh posted another outstanding effort for Washington, shooting 1-over 71. After opening with an 10-over 80, he has rebounded to shoot 1-over during his last two rounds. That figures as his best 36-hole stretch this season.

Redshirt freshman Erik Olson finished at 2-over 72. Olson's round was highlighted by an eagle and birdie on the back-to-back par-5s at 16 and 17. Through 54 holes Olson is 5-over at 215 and tied for 27th place.

Freshman Alex Prugh shot 73, his highest round of the week. He was sidetracked by a double-bogie on the par-3 fourth hole when his drive roled out of bounds. Prugh will enter the final day of play in at 4-over 214 and tied ofr 24th.

For the third straight day Dan Potter shot 73 and stands at 9-over 219. He is tied for 55th.

'I feel really great about having those three seniors playing for us on the final day,' said Husky coach Matt Thurmond. 'These seniors have all been in this position before so they'll know how to handle it. All season long we wanted to get back into this position and I think our three seniors will really step up tomorrow. I think both Dan and Brock have their best golf ahead of them.'

After placing 11th at the past two NCAA Championships, Washington is looking to post its best finish since the 1999 team earned the fourth-place trophy behind Troy Kelley's second-place finish. Since 1942, Washington has made four top-10 finishes at the NCAA in 16 appearances.

For the majority of this year's team, playing among the leaders on the final day will not be a new experience. Two years ago Washington was in the final group at Ohio State but dropped back to 11th after shooting 9-over 297. The three seniors on this year's team, Brock Mackenzie, Corey Prugh and Dan Potter, all played in that tournament.

'It is going to be so tight, the team that has the best round tomorrow is going to win it,' said Husky coach Matt Thurmond. 'It is really going to be a one-day tournament. We want to have the best round of the final day and see where that gets us.'

'We're back a few strokes, but anything can happen on the last day,' said Corey Prugh. 'At Ohio State, we were in the final group and Minnesota won that year and they were so far back they were not even in the same wave of teams as the leaders, so I know it can be done.'

Washington, Arizona and top-ranked Florida will be grouped together for Friday's final round. They will tee of at 8:27 a.m. ET, just before the tournament leaders, UCLA, Kentucky and California.

'We have a chance to go out before them and hopefully post some good numbers and put a little more pressure on them,' Prugh said. 'We'll do our best and hope that it is good enough.'

Mackenzie, who will complete his Husky career Friday as the most decorated golfer in school history said the key for the team will be to take what the course has to offer.

'You have to go out and just play the way you have been and hope that a few putts will drop for you,' Mackenzie said. 'If you go out and try and force it you're going to make bogies and fall back. You have to take advantage of the par-5s and situations where there is an easy pin.

'The course is not so hard that a bunch of people are going to make a lot of bogies and lose it. But it is a lot easier to make a bogie than a birdie out there. You just have to pick and choose when you can be aggressive out there. You have to play smart.'

Playing smart has been what has put the Huskies in contention this week. Washington has had to count just three double bogies in the first three rounds. The Cascade Course had proven to be a solid test of golf. Among the teams failing to make Thursday's cutdown that paired the field to just 15 teams was Clemson, the second-ranked team in the nation and the defending national champions. The Tigers ended their tournament run in 18th place at 32-over 872.

Arizona State's Alejandro Canizares, the defending NCAA Champion, finished his tournament at 10-over 220 and will not compete in the final round after the fourth-ranked Sun Devils finished in 21st position.

'We've done a really good job of just kind of hanging in there this week,' Thurmond said. 'This team has scrapped and fought and not let this course beat them. We're the 30th seed in this tournament. I don't think many people expected us to be in this position on the final day. Well, we're here. Now we have to play well. That's the bottom line.'

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

Team Results

 1  UCLA                  289-283-275-847   +7 2  Kentucky              283-286-283-852  +12 3  California            279-289-287-855  +15 4  Washington            289-282-285-856  +16 4  Arizona               292-281-283-856  +16 6  Florida               285-289-284-858  +18 7  Pepperdine            295-276-289-860  +20 8  Brigham Young         280-290-291-861  +21 8  Georgia Tech          289-285-287-861  +2110  Texas                 288-286-289-863  +2311  Texas A&M             291-292-284-867  +2712  Georgia State         292-280-297-869  +2913  Penn State            289-291-290-870  +3013  Oklahoma State        292-289-289-870  +3015  Georgia#              285-302-284-871  +3115  Purdue                292-285-294-871  +3115  Southern California   284-298-289-871  +3118  Clemson               285-290-297-872  +3219  New Mexico            291-291-294-876  +3620  TCU                   281-292-304-877  +3721  Auburn                283-298-298-879  +3921  Arizona State         292-304-283-879  +3921  Oklahoma              286-295-298-879  +3924  Kent State            294-288-299-881  +4125  Toledo                294-292-298-884  +4426  SMU                   297-288-302-887  +4726  Wichita State         298-304-285-887  +4728  Vanderbilt            294-303-294-891  +5129  North Carolina        294-291-307-892  +5230  Rhode Island          299-311-302-912  +72# Won three-way playoff to advance to final round.

Washington Results13 Brock Mackenzie 71-71-69-21124 Alex Prugh 71-70-73-21427 Erik Olson 74-69-72-21555 Dan Potter 73-73-73-21995 Corey Prugh 80-72-71-223

Individual Leaders 1 Ryan Moore*, UNLV 67-70-64-201 -9 2 Chris Nallen, Arizona 69-67-67-203 -7 3 Matt Wells, Kentucky 68-68-68-204 -6 4 Bill Haas*, Wake Forest 70-68-67-205 -5 4 Travis Johnson, UCLA 69-68-68-205 -5 6 Michael Putnam, Pepperdine 74-65-67-206 -4 7 John Holmes, Kentucky 71-69-67-207 -3 8 Mark Leon, Penn State 69-69-70-208 -2 8 Jeff Overton*, Indiana 67-72-69-208 -210 Jason Hartwick, Texas 70-68-72-210 E10 Shiv Kapur*, Purdue 72-68-70-210 E10 Roy Moon, UCLA 71-74-65-210 E13 Brock Mackenzie, Washington 71-71-69-211 +113 Matthew Rosenfeld, Texas 69-71-71-211 +113 Nicholas Thompson, Georgia Tech 70-73-68-211 +113 Camilo Villegas, Florida 72-72-67-211 +117 Oscar Alvarez, Brigham Young 70-72-70-212 +217 Judd Easterling*, Wichita State 72-74-66-212 +217 A.J. Elgert, Kansas State 68-69-75-212 +217 Tyler Leon, Oklahoma State 70-72-70-212 +221 Ben Hayes, Southern California 69-71-73-213 +321 Jeff Hood, California 65-71-77-213 +321 Brian O'Flaherty, Pepperdine 73-69-71-213 +324 Jake Ellison, Brigham Young 70-72-72-214 +424 Mark Lamb, Arizona 72-69-73-214 +424 Alex Prugh, Washington 71-70-73-214 +427 Matt Hendrix, Clemson 71-68-76-215 +527 Kasper Jorgensen, Georgia State 69-70-76-215 +527 Spencer Levin, New Mexico 72-70-73-215 +527 Erik Olson, Washington 74-69-72-215 +527 Peter Tomasulo, California 72-73-70-215 +5

Note: Complete results available at Golfstat.com

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