Husky Golfers Finish Sixth at NCAAs
June 4, 2004
Hot Springs, VA - Playing in a steady rain that made conditions very difficult at The Homestead Resort, the 23rd-ranked Washington men's golf team shot 16-over 296 and tied Florida for sixth-place at the NCAA Championships. The Huskies entered Friday's final round tied for fourth. The finish was the best by a Husky team since the 1999 squad placed fourth. It marks the fifth top-10 finish in UW's 17 NCAA appearances.
California rallied from an eight-shot deficit to overtake UCLA and win the tournament at 14-over 1134. The Golden Bears shot 1-under 279 during the final round. They were the only team to post a score below par and, along with Texas, was one of just two teams to shoot below 10-over par for the day. UCLA was second at 20-over 1140 followed by Arizona (1148), Texas (1149), Georgia Tech (1151) and then Washington and Florida (1152). Kentucky, which started the day five strokes behind the Bruins shot 23-over 303 and dropped to eighth, three strokes behind Washington.
'We made one birdie in the first 15 holes,' said Husky coach Matt Thurmond. 'The guys fought hard and did their best, but not one thing went our way for 15 holes. It was a great week. Finishing sixth, there was a little letdown because we started the day with our goal to try and make a run and win this thing. Sixth is pretty awesome. It's a nice progression to go from back-to-back 11th-place finishes to sixth this year.'
The Pac-10 swept the top three places at the tournament. Combined with the Huskies' finish, the conference provided four of the top six finishers and six of the top 15 individuals in stroke play.
UNLV junior Ryan Moore, a Puyallup native, ran away with the individual title. He shot 4-under 66 for a 72-hole total of 13-under 267. Wake Forest's Bill Haas and Arizona's Chris Nallen tied for second at 7-under 273. Moore had rounds of 67, 70 and 64 during the first three days of play.
Washington senior Brock Mackenzie was the Huskies' top finisher. He carded a 2-over 72 Friday to place 15th overall at 3-over 283. It was the third-best finish by a UW player at the tournament. He was fifth last season as a junior. Afterwards Mackenzie was named a first-team All-American for the second year in a row by the Golf Coaches Association. He is UW's first two-time first-team All-American.
'I probably hit the ball better today than the three previous days, but I just could not get the putts to go in,' Mackenzie said. 'I made one mistake on 16. I wanted to get back to even and try to finish under par, so I took a risk and I wound up three putting. I would have liked to played a few strokes better and helped out the team a little more, but I just didn't have my A-game this week.'
Washington entered the final round nine strokes behind UCLA and had hoped to get hot and catch the Bruins. The rainy conditions were perfect for a team to try and make a comeback, but it turned out to be California pulling off the rally.
'We needed something like this type of weather day to happen if we were going to catch the leaders,' Mackenzie said. 'It was a situation where if we could have shot a couple over par, we could have been in a position to win, but we didn't do that. The course played really hard today. Almost everybody was in double figures today.'
'Cal had a special round,' said head coach Matt Thurmond. 'It was the same thing Minnesota did two years ago and Florida did three years ago. You want to put yourself in contention and then have a great round to win it. Realistically, if we were going to win this, we would have had to do something like they did today.'
Husky freshmen Alex Prugh and Erik Olson both shot 75 during the final round. Prugh finished 28th overall at 8-over 288. Olson was 33rd at 290. Prugh's finish was the ninth best by a Washington golfer at the NCAAs while Olson's was the 10th top outing. Prugh's showing tied Mackenzie for the best performance by a UW freshman at the NCAAs.
'It was a great week for me,' said Olson, a Renton native. 'It is a great confidence booster to know that you can go out and compete with some of the best players in the nation. For Alex and myself, now that we've been through this, you realize it is all of what coach Thurmond said and maybe even more. It's what you work and sacrifice for all year. It all pays off when you play well here.'
Senior Dan Potter shot 4-over 74 to complete the tournament in 44th place at 294. Classmate Corey Prugh shot 77 and placed 65th at 300. Both players recorded their best finishes at the NCAAs. Potter had placed 63rd the past two years and Prugh's previous best was 97th in 2002.
Mackenzie's score marked the second straight year he shot 3-over at the NCAAs. During his four appearances at the national championships, he was a combined 6-over par. He ended his Husky career as Washington's all-time leader in tournament championships (four), top-10 finishes (32) and owns the three best single-season stroke averages in school history. He finished the season with a 70.58 stroke average, the best in school history.
'The whole U-Dub experience as been great for me,' Mackenzie said. 'I still have a couple of finals to take. Once I do that I'll look back and probably really enjoy this. The program is going to be set for the next couple of years with those freshmen and James Lepp able to play next year and a couple of other guys back home.'
2004 NCAA Men's Golf Championships
Fourth Round Results
Casecade Course at The Homestead
Hot Springs, Va.
Par 70, 6,679 yards
1 California 279-289-287-279-1134 +14 2 UCLA 289-283-275-293-1140 +20 3 Arizona 292-281-283-292-1148 +28 4 Texas 288-286-289-286-1149 +29 5 Georgia Tech 289-285-287-290-1151 +31 6 Washington 289-282-285-294-1152 +32 6 Florida 285-289-284-296-1152 +32 8 Kentucky 283-286-283-303-1155 +35 9 Brigham Young 280-290-291-295-1156 +3610 Pepperdine 295-276-289-300-1160 +4011 Georgia# 285-302-284-290-1161 +4111 Georgia State 292-280-297-292-1161 +4113 Oklahoma State 292-289-289-294-1164 +4414 Texas A&M 291-292-284-300-1167 +4715 Penn State 289-291-290-300-1170 +50
Individual Leaders 1 Ryan Moore*, UNLV 67-70-64-66-267 -13 2 Bill Haas*, Wake Forest 70-68-67-68-273 -7 2 Chris Nallen, Arizona 69-67-67-70-273 -7 4 Michael Putnam, Pepperdine 74-65-67-70-276 -4 5 Travis Johnson, UCLA 69-68-68-72-277 -3 6 John Holmes, Kentucky 71-69-67-72-279 -1 6 Mark Leon, Penn State 69-69-70-71-279 -1 8 Jason Hartwick, Texas 70-68-72-71-281 +1 8 Matt Wells, Kentucky 68-68-68-77-281 +110 Judd Easterling* , Wichita State 72-74-66-70-282 +210 Jeff Hood, California 65-71-77-69-282 +210 Shiv Kapur*, Purdue 72-68-70-72-282 +210 Roy Moon, UCLA 71-74-65-72-282 +210 Peter Tomasulo, California 72-73-70-67-282 +215 Brock Mackenzie, Washington 71-71-69-72-283 +315 Matthew Rosenfeld, Texas 69-71-71-72-283 +317 Oscar Alvarez, Brigham Young 70-72-70-72-284 +417 Tyler Leon, Oklahoma State 70-72-70-72-284 +417 Nicholas Thompson, Georgia Tech 70-73-68-73-284 +420 Jeff Overton*, Indiana 67-72-69-77-285 +520 Brett Stegmaier, Florida 71-74-71-69-285 +522 Ty Harris, Georgia State 75-69-73-69-286 +622 Kasper Jorgensen, Georgia State 69-70-76-71-286 +624 Kevin Kisner, Georgia 66-80-70-71-287 +724 Mark Lamb, Arizona 72-69-73-73-287 +724 Casey Wittenberg, Oklahoma State 72-73-73-69-287 +724 Chan Wongluekiet, Georgia Tech 70-69-77-71-287 +728 A.J. Elgert*, Kansas State 68-69-75-76-288 +828 Alex Prugh, Washington 71-70-73-74-288 +830 Todd Miller, Brigham Young 69-73-74-73-289 +930 Jessie Mudd, Florida 69-73-74-73-289 +930 Camilo Villegas, Florida 72-72-67-78-289 +9
Note: Complete results are available at golfstat.com
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