Husky Women's Golf Set to Begin Spring Campaign

Feb. 10, 2006

Seattle - The 15th-ranked Washington women's golf team opens its spring season Monday at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge in Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. The 54-hole tournament will include one round of competition per day. Hosted by Ohio State, this is the 11th year of the event that will be contested at the par-71, 5,912-yard Palos Verdes Golf Club.

The field at the Regional Challenge is made up of 15 teams, all of which are listed in Golfweek's latest rankings, including 13 top-25 teams. The participating teams (and their ranking) are: Arizona (18), Arizona State (9), Arkansas (8), California (20), Florida (25), New Mexico (23), Ohio State (19), Oklahoma State (33), Pepperdine (5), Stanford (16), Tulane (27), UCLA (2), USC (7), Wake Forest (11) and Washington (15).

Washington's lineup will include Ashley Bickerton, Sung Ea Lee, Paige Mackenzie, Amber Prange, and Kim Shin. Mackenzie, a senior from Yakima, Wash., enters the spring as the nation's top-ranked women's golfer, according to Golfweek. The two-time All-American led the Huskies with a 70.83 stroke average during the fall season, finishing second overall at the Topy Cup and fourth among all finishers at the Stanford Intercollegiate.

Last year at the Regional Challenge Washington turned in a final round 294 - the best final round in the field by 10 strokes - to finish the event in fifth-place at 906. Mackenzie led Washington's effort, placing ninth with a 10-over 223.

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