Olson Leads UW Charge at Pac-10s

April 26, 2005

Walla Walla - The Washington men's golf team continued its assault on the leaderboard Tuesday during the third round of play at the Pac-10 Championship being staged at the Walla Walla Country Club. Behind the stellar play of sophomore Erik Olson, Washington climbed three spots to stand fifth enter Wednesday's final round of competition. Olson led the UW charge by shooting 3-under 68, his best round of the event, to stand second overall in stroke play.

Tuesday's score was the best effort by the Huskies in three rounds. They combined to card a 4-under 351 for a 56-hole total of 10-over 1075. No player shot higher than 1-over par.

Over the last 36 holes the tournament the Huskies have shot 6-under 704, three strokes better than any other team in the field.

The Huskies opened the tournament with a 16-over 355 and found themselves in last place after Monday's opening round. Washington rallied for a 2-under 353 score Monday afternoon and were eighth heading into today's competition.

Arizona State overtook UCLA for the lead by posting a 6-under 349, the day's best score. The Sun Devils lead UCLA by three strokes and are 17 shots ahead of the Huskies. Stanford is in third place at 1073 while Arizona is fourth, one shot in front of Washington at 1074.

Olson is tied for Stanford's Rob Grube for second place at 6-under 207. They trail Arizona State's Pat Moore by four shoots. Olson's score is three strokes better than any 54-hole total he posted this year. His back-to-back rounds in the 60s marks the second time he has managed that feat this year.

Washington's James Lepp fired his best score of the tournament, shooting 2-under 69 to move up to 14th overall at 1-over 214. Alex Prugh shot even par and is 23rd at 216 while Sterling Clark is 33rd at 218 and Zach Bixler is 43rd at 221. Joe Panzeri tied his best single-round score this year with a 71 to move to 51st at 223.

The final round of play takes place Wednesday. Live results of the event can be found at golfstat.com

Pac-10 Championships
Walla Walla Country Club
Par 71, 6,606 yards
3rd Round Results

Team Results 1. Arizona State 351-358-349-1058 2. UCLA 352-355-354-1061 3. Stanford 363-359-351-1073 4. Arizona 356-366-352-1074 5. Washington 371-353-351-1075 6. Oregon 369-357-355-1081 6. California 353-361-367-1081 8. USC 362-352-368-1082 9. Washington State 359-358-366-108310. Oregon State 363-366-362-1091

Individual Leaders 1. Pat Moore, Arizona State 67_67-69-203 2. Erik Olson, Washington 70_69-68-207 2. Rob Grube, Stanford 69-72-66-207 4. Kevin Chappel, UCLA 67_70-71-208 4. Michael Jensen, California 69_68-71-208 4. Nathan Lashley, Arizona 68_72-68-208 7. Brandon Beck, California 69-69-72-210 8. Alejandro Canizares, Arizona State 71-69-71-211 8. Justin St. Clair, Oregon 70-72-69-21110. John Poucher, UCLA 72-70-70-212

Washington Results 2. Erik Olson 70-69-68-20714. James Lepp 74-71-69-21423. Alex Prugh 75-70-71-21633. Sterling Clark 75-71-72-21843. Zach Bixler 77-72-72-22151. Joe Panzeri 80-72-71-223

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