Huskies Prepare for Pac-10 Championship Run
April 13, 2005
Seattle -- The eighth-ranked Washington women's golf team is the third seed at the 2005 Pac-10 Championships that will be will be played April 18-20 at the par 72, 6,315-yard Ruby Hill Golf Club in Pleasanton, Calif. The Huskies were sixth at last year's event and have never won the tournament. UW's all-time best showing was a third-place finish in 1988.
California will serve as host of this year's Pac-10 Championships, which have been held every year since 1987. FSN will carry a one-hour taped delayed broadcast of the championship on Saturday, May 7 at 3 p.m.
The format for the 54-hole event includes 18 holes each day with tee times starting at 8 a.m. from the No. 1 and Ni. 10 tees.
UCLA, ranked second in the latest Golfweek standings, is the top seed while fifth-ranked Arizona State is seeded second. Arizona, ranked 17th is seeded fourth followed by 18th-ranked Stanford, 20th-ranked USC, 27th-ranked California, 22nd-ranked Washington State, 33rd-ranked Oregon and Oregon State.
The individual field includes six competitors who are currently ranked in Golfweek's top-20. Arizona State's Louise Stahle is the nation's top-ranked Golfer while UCLA's Charlotte Mayorkas is ranked ninth. The Bruins Annie Cochran and Susie Mathews are 12th and 13th while UW's Paige Mackenzie is 16th. California's Sofie Andersson is ranked 19th.
UCLA won last year's Pac-10 Championships at Saticoy Country Club in Somis, Calif. The Bruins carded a 38-over 902, followed by California (920) and Arizona (923). UCLA's Charlotte Mayorkas was the individual champion at two-over 218, while her teammate, Hannah Jun, was second at 220.
Live results of this year's tournament will be available at golfstat.com
Noting the Huskies
Washington's top finish at the Pac-10 Championships was a third-place effort in 1988. The Huskies have placed fifth five times and sixth on five occasions. Kelli Kamimura's third-place showing in 2001 is the best performance by a Husky individual. Among the current players, junior Sung Ea Lee is the only player to place in the top-10. She was eighth in 2003 as a freshman and 10th last year. Husky coach Mary Lou Mulflur was named the Pac-10 coach of the year in 1988 and 1999.
First Place, Finally
After compiling four second-places finishes this season, Washington won its first tournament championship last week at the Peg Barnard California Collegiate played at the Stanford Golf Course. The Huskies shot 19-over 587 to better Washington State by three strokes. The Huskies were led by the second-place effort of junior All-American Paige Mackenzie. She shot 1-over 143 while freshman Kim Shin was sixth at 146.
Mackenzie Chases Record
Husky junior All-American Paige Mackenzie has a chance to break her own record for best single-season scoring average she set last year. Mackenzie, currently ranked 16th in the Golfweek standings, leads UW with a 73.65 scoring average this year after playing 26 rounds in nine tournaments. Last year Mackenzie posted a 74.1 scoring average.
Both Mackenzie and freshman Kim Shin have compiled five top-10 finishes this season. That ranks fifth on the Husky all-time list. Shin's total equals the most top-10 showings by a freshman. Kelli Kamimura accomplished the same feat during her first season as a Husky in 1999. With 16 career top-10 outings, Mackenzie ranks third on UW's all-time list. Kamimura tops that chart with 20 while Dodie Mazzuca is second at 18.
Husky junior All-American Paige Mackenzie has become a familiar face to Husky fans following Washington's televised men's and women's basketball games this winter. She appears in a 30-second institutional video promoting the University that was produced by the University Relations department. Mackenzie is shown with classmates and at Washington National Golf Course. She was one of three current student athletes selected for this year's spots. Mackenzie is a two-time NGCA All-Scholar Athlete Award winner and has been a second-team Pac-10 All-Academic selection twice.
Fast Start for the Frosh
Husky freshman Kim Shin had an impressive debut as a Husky. Shin led Washington with an eighth-place finish at the Fall Preview, shooting 2-over 215 at the Crosswater Course. She followed that up by being UW's top finisher at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational, placing sixth overall. She also led UW in scoring at the Duck Invitational this spring. Shin has been among UW's top two finishers in six of nine tournaments this season.
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