Mackenzie Pulls off Huge Comeback at U.S. Amateur

Aug. 3, 2005

Roswell, GA - Trailing 6-up after nine holes of play during the opening round of match play at the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship, it did not appear Paige Mackenzie of Yakima would continue her marvelous summer of amateur golf.

Unfortunately for UW teammate Amber Prange, Mackenzie's first round opponent, she pulled off a miraculous comeback to advance at the championship being held at Settingdown Creek Course at Ansley Golf Club in Roswell, Ga.

Mackenzie, a senior at UW, erased the huge deficit and defeated Prange on the 19th hole when the junior from Noblesville, Ind., three-putted from 25 feet for a bogey.

Prange got off to an impressive start in the match. She was up 4-up through the first four holes and increased that lead to 6-up at the turn. She shot the equivalent of one under to Mackenzie's six over.

Despite only making birdies on No. 10 and 18, Mackenzie was able to catch Prange on the back side. She managed to win three holes with a par.

Mackenzie will face Ayaka Kaneko of Honolulu during Thursday's match play, which features 32 players.

The tournament runs through Aug. 7.

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