Prugh Tied For Fourth at National Invitational

March 26, 2006

Tucson, Ariz. - Washington junior Alex Prugh turned in his third 68 of the season today at the National Invitational, leading the Huskies at 4-under par and placing fourth after the first round. The 24th-ranked UW men's golf team finished round one in a tie for 8th place at 1-over 289. UCLA, led by individual leader Erik Flores' 7-under 65, leads the team competition at 11-under 277.

'Alex had a great round,' said Washington head coach Matt Thurmond. 'He came out and played really solid the whole day. It was not a great round for us as a team, but it was definitely a step in the right direction.'

Junior Erik Olson carded the Huskies' second-best round of the day, a 1-under 71 that put him in a tie for 20th position. Freshman John Wise's 1-over 73 was good for 39th. Senior James Lepp and Freshman Kellen Eakin shot 77 and 79, good for 76th and 83rd place, respectively. Wise and Eakin are both making their Washington varsity debut at the tournament.

'I'm proud of John. It was his first varsity round and he came out and played really well. It's been a lot of fun having both John and Kellen on the trip. It's great to have them here because they bring a lot of energy to the team - a lot of enthusiasm and excitement.'

The second round of the National Invitational begins tomorrow 7:30 a.m. (MT). Live scoring of the event is available at

National Invitational
Omni Tucson National Golf Club
Tucson, Ariz.
Par-72, 7,094 yards

Team Results
1. UCLA 277
2. Arizona State 278
3. Arizona 281
4. New Mexico 282
5. Minnesota 285
6. TCU 287
7. Tulsa 288
8. USC 289
8. Kent State 289
8. Fresno State 289
8. Washington 289
12. UNLV 292
13. Arizona (B) 293
14. Pepperdine 295
15. Arkansas 297

Individual Leaders
1. Erik Flores, UCLA 65
2. Jason Anthony, Fresno State 67
2. Alejandro Canizares, Arizona State 67
4. Peter Ahn, Kent State 68
4. David Markle, Kent State 68
4. Lenny Park, Arizona State 68
4. Alex Prugh, Washington 68
8. Jay Choi, New Mexico 69
8. Josh Esler, Arizona 69
8. Ryan Henry, Tulsa 69
8. Bronson LaCassie, Minnesota 69
8. Lucas Lee, UCLA 69
8. Niklas Lemke, Arizona State 69
8. Tyler Ley, USC 69
8. Drew Stoltz, TCU 69
8. Nathan Tyler, Arizona 69

Washington Scores
4. Alex Prugh 68
20. Erik Olson 71
39. John Wise 73
76. James Lepp 77
83. Kellen Eakin 79

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