Mackenzie Qualifies for U.S. Open
June 7, 2004
Seattle - Washington senior All-American men's golfer Brock Mackenzie (Yakima) placed sixth at the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying tournament at Canoe Brook Country Club in Summit, N.J. to earn a spot in this year's U.S. Open. Mackenzie turned in scores of 68 and 69 during 36 holes of play Monday.
Husky freshman Alex Prugh (Spokane) just missed on his attempt to give Washington two qualifiers when he lost a one-hole playoff to Oscar Alvarez for the lone qualification spot at the Sectional in Bend, Ore. held at Crosswater.
Prugh shot 72 during his first round and trailed Alvarez by four strokes. Alvarez shot 77 during the second round and Prugh managed to tie him with a 73. Alvarez made par on the first playoff hole while Prugh carded a bogie. Prugh remains eligible to join the U.S. Open field as the first alternate from the Bend site. A total of 21 golfers competed for the qualification spot at Crosswater.
Mackenzie's qualifier at Canoe Brook had 22 designated positions for the U.S. Open. The tournament's field included 139 golfers. Mackenzie was the only amateur to qualify from the event. As a member of the 2003 Walker Cup Team, he was exempted from the local qualifying stage of the tournament.
The 2004 U.S. Open will be played June 17-20 at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southhampton, N.Y. This year's tournament is the 104th U.S. Open.