UW Six Strokes Back After Three Rounds at Pac-10s

April 25, 2006

Palm Desert, Calif. - The 30th-ranked Washington men's golf team shot six-over 361 in the third round at the 47th Pac-10 Championship, giving the Huskies a three-round total of 1065 and placing them in second place, six strokes behind leader UCLA.

UW golfers Erik Olson (third, 2-under 211), Zach Bixler (fifth, 1-under 212) and James Lepp (fifth, 1-under 212) are all near the top of the individual leaderboard after turning in rounds of 3-over 74, 2-under 69 and even-par 71, respectively. Alex Prugh shot 4-over 75 in the third round and placed 12th at 1-over 214, a stroke outside the top-10. Joe Panzeri shot 7-over 78 on the afternoon to place 35th at 9-over 222, while Sterling Clark's 1-over 72 puts him in 41st at 11-over 224. UCLA's Daniel Im is the individual leader at 8-under 205.

'I'm really happy with the way today turned out,' said Washington head coach Matt Thurmond. 'Today was not a great day for us, but we hung in there. To have James, Erik and Alex scoring a combined 7-over on the day and yet have the team finish 6-over is great. I'm really proud of Zach and Sterling and the way they played today. They carried us.'

The Huskies won the 2005 Pac-10 Championship with a remarkable rally, rising from last place after the first round to win the event. The Dawgs trailed Arizona State by 17 strokes entering the final round, but shot 350 - the second-lowest round of the tournament - to tie the Sun Devils. Washington won the tie-breaker by posting the lowest six-man team score in the final round. Leading the Husky comeback was Erik Olson, who rallied from four strokes down entering the final round to earn individual medalist honors. The win marked his first tournament victory at the collegiate level.

'UCLA is a great team,' said Thurmond of the UW's prospects for defending its conference title. 'We are going to have to be confident and aggressive to win. It sounds like a cliché but that's what we have to do - we have to attack. I think we have the players to do it.'

The fourth and final round of the 2006 Pac-10 Championship begins tomorrow morning at 7:30 a.m. Live scoring of the round is available at golfstat.com.

Pac-10 Championship
Big Horn Country Club
Palm Desert, Calif.
Par-71, 7,009 yards

Team Results
1. UCLA 349-348-362-1059
2. Washington 352-352-361-1065
3. Arizona 360-363-353-1076
3. Arizona State 367-360-349-1076
5. USC 364-354-365-1083
6. Stanford 358-369-359-1086
7. Oregon State 361-369-372-1102
8. California 371-372-365-1108
9. Washington State 371-374-373-1118
10. Oregon 373-384-373-1130

Individual Results
1. Daniel Im, UCLA 67-68-70-205
2. Niklas Lemke, Arizona State 66-71-70-207
3. Ben Fox, Arizona 72-69-70-211
3. Erik Olson, Washington 67-70-74-211
5. Zach Bixler, Washington 69-74-69-212
5. Dodge Kemmer, Stanford 71-71-70-212
5. James Lepp, Washington 76-65-71-212
5. Tyler Ley, USC 74-67-71-212
5. Henry Liaw, Arizona 70-73-69-212
10. Erik Flores, UCLA 70-74-69-213
10. Chris Heintz, UCLA 70-69-74-213

Washington Scores
3. Erik Olson 67-70-74-211
5. Zach Bixler 69-74-69-212
5. James Lepp 76-65-71-212
12. Alex Prugh 65-74-75-214
35. Joe Panzeri 75-69-78-222
41. Sterling Clark 76-76-72-224

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