Husky Golfers Open Spring Season in Hawaii

Feb. 8, 2005

Seattle - The 26th-ranked Washington men's golf team opens its spring season this week at the Taylor Made/Waikoloa Intercollegiate Golf Tournament, February 9-11, at the Waikoloa Village Course. The Huskies are one of 18 teams in the field competing for the championship at the 6,687-yard, par-72 Waikoloa Village Course. The tournament is hosted by Hawaii-Hilo.

The field for this year's tournament includes seven teams currently ranked in the top-15 of the latest Golfweek standings. Participating team (ranking) are: Arkansas, Arizona State (15), Augusta State (14), California-Davis, Colorado, Fresno State, Hawaii-Hilo, Hawaii-Manoa, Kansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State (3), Oregon, Rhode Island, Southern California (12), Texas (10), Texas Christian (11), UCLA (8) and Washington (26).

Tee times for the tournament begin at 6:45 a.m. on the first two days and at 7 a.m. on the final day. Participants will be teeing off from both the first and 10th tee.

Washington's lineup for the event will include Erik Olson, Zach Bixler, Travis Andrews, James Lepp and Alex Prugh. A sophomore, Prugh led Washington during the fall with a 71.82 stroke average while Bixler was second at 73.36. Washington's top finishes in the fall were third-place showing at their own Opus NW Invitational and the Duke Classic.

Last season the Huskies finished sixth in the field of 21 teams at the Taylor Made/Waikoloa Intercollegiate. Dan Potter led Washington with an eighth-place finish, shooting 6-under 210. It was his best tournament score of the season and was highlighted by a second-round score of 5-under 67.

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