Mackenzie One Stroke Off Lead at Pac-10 Championship
April 24, 2006
Oro Valley, Ariz. - Washington senior Paige Mackenzie shot 1-under 71 in the first round of the 2006 Pac-10 Women's Golf Championship, placing her third in the field, one stroke off the lead. Washington State's Ana Kostina and Arizona State's Azahara Munoz share the lead at 2-under 70. The 27th ranked Huskies shot 20-over 308 as a team, placing them ninth headed into the second round. Arizona State leads the field at 1-under 287.
'I was pleased with Paige's round,' said Washington head coach Mary Lou Mulflur. 'She's one of the best players out there and she showed it. You can't win the event in the first round but you can put yourself in good position to win it, and she did that. She played really solid, tee to green.'
Mackenzie parred 15 of 18 holes in the first round and bogeyed just one, the 15th. The Yakima, Wash., native, who started on the 10th tee, birdied hole No. 1 after making the turn, parred the next seven holes and then birdied the ninth hole to head into the clubhouse as one of just seven golfers to shoot under par on the day.
Courtney McCracken had the Huskies' second-best round of the day, a 4-over 76 that placed her 24th. One stroke behind McCracken was Amber Prange, whose 5-over 77 was good for 31st. Sung Ea Lee and Kim Shin turned in rounds of 84 and 93, good for 47th and 50th, respectively.
'We feel like we're right there, we've just had some rough spots,' said Mulflur of the team's effort. 'We have two more days and we just have to play better. We really feel like we're ready to turn the corner. We just can't seem to get to it yet.
'Oro Valley is a difficult golf course. It's a good golf course but it's not your typical wide-open desert course, so we have to be really smart. I expect us to play well tomorrow. It was frustrating that we didn't play the way we expected to play today, but we'll bounce back.'
The second round of the 2006 Pac-10 Championship begins tomorrow morning at 8:30 a.m. Live scoring of the event is available at golfstat.com.
Oro Valley Country Club
Oro Valley, AZ
Par-72, 6,495 yards
1. Arizona State 287
2. UCLA 291
3. USC 293
4. California 296
5. Stanford 299
6. Washington State 300
7. Arizona 301
8. Oregon State 307
9. Washington 308
10. Oregon 314
1. Ana Kostina, Washington State 70
1. Azahara Munoz, Arizona State 70
3. Irene Cho, USC 71
3. Veronica Felibert, USC 71
3. Tiffany Joh, UCLA 71
3. Alissa Kuczka, Arizona State 71
3. Paige Mackenzie, Washington 71
8. Mika Takayama, California 72
9. Mari Chun, Stanford 73
9. Amie Cochran, UCLA 73
9. Susie Mathews, UCLA 73
9. Paola Moreno, USC 73
9. Jennifer Osborn, Arizona State 73
9. Sophia Sheridan, California 73
9. Tiffany Tavee, Arizona State 73
9. Adriana Zwanck, Arizona 73
3. Paige Mackenzie 71
24. Courtney McCracken 76
31. Amber Prange 77
47. Sung Ea Lee 84
50. Kim Shin 93