Prugh Finishes Second in Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge

Oct. 26, 2004

Bandon, OR - Washington sophomore Alex Prugh shot 1-under 71 Tuesday to finish second at the inaugural Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge at Band Dunes in Bandon, Ore. Prugh posted a 36-hole score of 1-under 143 to place one shot behind Arizona State's Alejandro Canizares, the 2003 NCAA Champion.

Prugh's finish was his best as a collegiate and marked his third top-three finish in four tournaments this season. It was the fourth top-10 finish for Prugh in his career. He entered the event ranked 56th in the Golfweek standings.

Washington shot 14-over 302 during Tuesday's second round that began Monday but was halted due to heavy rains. The Huskies placed sixth in the 14-team field at 603. The tournament, originally scheduled for 54 holes, was reduced to a 36-hole format due to the weather.

Minnesota won a tiebreaker against USC to claim the championship trophy for the Big Ten. The Golden Gophers made up a 13-stroke deficit by carding a tournament low round of 292 to finish with the Trojans at 596.

In the conference challenge, the Pac-10 won the inaugural event with a combined score of plus-162 to the Big Ten's plus-191. Each conference counted its low six scores of each round to determine the challenge winner.

Husky freshman Zach Bixler was 14th overall at 6-over 150. Cody Upham placed 45th at 156 while Travis Andrews was 52nd at 157. Erik Olson shot 77 Tuesday and was 68th at 164.

The Huskies conclude the fall portion of their schedule Nov. 14-16 at the National Collegiate Match Play Championship in Orlando, Fla.

Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge
Bandon Dunes
Bandon, OR
Par 72, 7040 yards

Team Results

 1. Minnesota       304-292-596 1. USC             298-298-596 3. UCLA            291-307-598 4. Arizona State   296-305-601 5. Northwestern    298-304-602 6. Washington      301-302-603 7. Arizona         305-298-605 8. Penn State      307-297-607 9. Purdue          310-299-60910. Indiana         304-307-61111. California      304-311-61612. Oregon          310-310-62013. Michigan        310-312-62214. Illinois        312-316-628

Top Individuals 1. Alejandro Canizares, Arizona State 71-71-142 2. Alex Prugh, Washington 72-71-143 3. Taylor Wood, USC 71-73-144 4. Jeff Overton, Indiana 73-72-145 4. Bronson LaCassie, Minnesota 74-71-145 4. Peter Campbell, UCLA 73-72-145 7. Henry Liaw, Arizona 74-72-146 7. Chris Wilson, Northwestern 74-72-146 9. Tyler Ley, USC 74-73-14710. Garrett Chaussard, Illinois 74-74-148

Washington Results 2. Alex Prugh 72-71-14314. Zach Bixler 74-76-15045. Cody Upham 76-80-15652. Travis Andrews 79-78-15768. Erik Olson 87-77-164