Three Huskies Set to Compete at Western Amateur

July 26, 2005

Seattle - A trio of Washington golfers are set to compete at the prestigious Western Amateur Championship this week at Point O'Wood Golf and Country Club in Benton Harbor, Mich. Erik Olson and Alex Prugh will be joined by Joe Panzeri, who shot 69 to tie for second at a qualifier at Lake Michigan Hills Golf Course on Monday to advance to the field of 156 players.

The Western Amateur features one round of stroke play on Wednesday and Thursday and then the field will be cut to the low 50 scorers and ties. Friday will feature two round of stroke play to narrow the field to 16 competitors. Saturday and Sunday will feature two rounds of match play each day to determine the champion. Last year Ryan Moore captured the title in the 102nd playing of the event.

This year's Western Amateur field features five members of the 2004 Western Amateur Sweet 16, including Olson. The field of top international amateurs also includes 16 players who received postseason NCAA All-American honors, including five who were named first-team or second-team All-Americans.

Past champions at the Point O'Woods in Benton Harbor, Mich., include Ben Crenshaw, Curtis Strange, Hal Sutton, Phil Mickelson, Justin Leonard and Tiger Woods. Recent competitors include Ben Curtis, the 2003 British Open champion.

Point O'Woods, a Robert Trent Jones design, consistently has ranked as one of the finest layouts in the world. The championship has been anchored at the current site since 1971.

A prestigious national tournament since its founding in 1899 at the Glen View Club in Golf, Illinois, the Western Amateur has been held every year since the inaugural event with the exception of 1918 during World War I and 1943-45 during World War II.

Prugh is schedule to tee off at 8:24 a.m. local time Wednesday followed by Olson at 1:05 p.m. and Panzeri at 1:59 p.m. On Thursday Olson will start his second round at 8:15 a.m. followed by Panzeri at 9:09 a.m.m and Prugh at 1:14 p.m..

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