Huskies Set Sights on Pac-10 Championship
April 19, 2006
Seattle - The 27th-ranked Washington women's golf team travels to Oro Valley, Ariz., April 24-26 to play in the 20th Pac-10 Women's Golf Championship. Hosted by Arizona, the event will be played at the par-72, 6,495-yard Oro Valley Country Club.
The teams will play 18 holes each day, with rounds beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Monday and Tuesday and 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday. An awards ceremony and the announcement of the 2006 All-Pac-10 team will follow the completion of the tournament. Pairings (twosomes and threesomes) will be reordered for each round on Tuesday and Wednesday based on team scores. The Huskies have been seeded seventh for 2006 Pac-10 Championships, and will tee off from the 10th tee at 9:34 a.m. for Monday's opening round.
UCLA, ranked second in the latest Golfweek standings, is the top seed while third-ranked Arizona State is seeded second. USC, ranked sixth, is seeded third followed by No. 12 California, No. 21 Stanford and No. 19 Arizona. Washington State is the eighth seed, followed by Oregon and Oregon State.
The Washington lineup for the 2006 Pac-10 Championship will include Paige Mackenzie, Amber Prange, Courtney McCracken, Sung Ea Lee and Kim Shin. Mackenzie leads UW with a 73.67 scoring average.
Washington placed sixth at the 2005 Pac-10 Championships. The Huskies have never won the tournament. UW's all-time best showing was a third-place finish in 1988.
The individual field includes eight competitors who are currently ranked in Golfweek's top-20. USC's Irene Cho is ranked No. 2, followed by No. 5 Jane Park of UCLA, No. 6 Azahara Munoz of Arizona State, No. 8 Tiffany Joh of UCLA, and No. 12 Jennifer Osborn of Arizona State. UW's Paige Mackenzie is ranked 14th, followed by Amie Cochran of UCLA (16) and Sofie Andersson of California (20).
UCLA captured its second consecutive Pac-10 Title in 2005, shooting 10-over 874 to win by four strokes. Arizona State's Louise Stahle carded a 5-under 67 in the final round to claim the individual title and help ASU to a second-place finish.
Live results of this year's tournament will be available at golfstat.com
Noting the Huskies
Washington's top finish at the Pac-10 Championships was a third-place effort in 1988. The Huskies have placed fifth five times and sixth on six occasions. Kelli Kamimura's third-place showing in 2001 is the best performance by a Husky individual. Among the current players, Sung Ea Lee and Amber Prange are the only players to place in the top-10. Lee was eighth in 2003 and 10th in 2004. Prange placed ninth last year. Paige Paige Mackenzie finished 11th in 2005, one stroke behind Prange. Husky coach Mary Lou Mulflur was named the Pac-10 coach of the year in 1988 and 1999.
In This Case, Being No. 1 Isn't Easy
Washington has played the toughest schedule in the nation, according to Golfweek. The magazine's schedule formula gives the Huskies (Ranked 27th overall) a schedule rating of 73.66. Pac-10 rivals Arizona (No. 2 - 73.88) and Arizona State (No. 3 - 73.97) are the only other teams with a schedule rating under 74 (lower = tougher).
Top of the Charts
Husky senior Paige Mackenzie is the nation's top amateur, according to Golfweek. The amateur rankings take into account collegiate play as well as unaffiliated amateur play during the summer. Mackenzie held the No. 1 spot in the collegiate-only rankings earlier this season as well.
Rising in the Record Books
Two-time All-American Paige Mackenzie has a chance to break the Husky record for best single-season scoring average for the third straight year. Mackenzie, currently ranked 14th in the Golfweek standings, set the mark with a 74.1 scoring average in 2004, before recording a 73.69 scoring average in 2005. The senior from Yakima leads UW with a 73.67 scoring average this year, having played 18 rounds in six tournaments. With 19 career top-10 finishes, Mackenzie is one shy of the career mark set by Kelli Kamimura. Fellow senior Sung Ea Lee has 11 career top-10 finishes, good for fifth-most in Husky history. The two seniors also crack the top-10 for career rounds played, with Mackenzie tied for first (129, with Louise Friberg) and Lee currently sixth (123).
Paige Mackenzie has become a familiar face to Husky fans following Washington's televised sporting events. She appears in a 30-second institutional video promoting the University that was produced by the University Relations department. Mackenzie is shown with classmates and at Washington National Golf Course. Mackenzie is a three-time NGCA All-Scholar Athlete Award winner and a three-time Pac-10 All-Academic selection.
Golfweek GolfStat Total Short
Washington 27th 30th
Paige Mackenzie 14th 21st 10th
Amber Prange 82nd