Washington Climbs to Seventh at NCAAs

May 25, 2006

Columbus, Ohio - The Washington women's golf team proved that good things come in threes on day three at the NCAA Championship, shooting 5-over 293, the third-best round of the day and the third-best NCAA Championship round in Husky history. The effort propelled the 23rd-ranked Huskies into seventh place in the field at 38-over 902. Duke grabbed the team lead with a tournament-best round of 1-under 287, giving the Blue Devils a total of 12-over 876 and a lead of 13 strokes over USC headed into the fourth and final round.

'We shot a lot better today,' said Washington head coach Mary Lou Mulflur. 'I think it's a real advantage to go in the morning, and we capitalized on that. I was pleased because we started better, for the most part. The team just played solid. We had some birdies on the back half -a couple bogeys at the very end - but overall it was a very solid round.'

Seniors Paige Mackenzie and Sung Ea Lee led the Huskies on day three, shooting matching rounds of even-par 72. Mackenzie, who earlier today was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All District Eight women's at large first team, is currently 12th at 5-over 221. Lee is one stroke behind in 17th. Mackenzie has played 138 rounds as a Husky, most in UW history, while Lee has played in 132 rounds, second-most at Washington. Both will be playing their final rounds for UW on Friday.

'It's going to be tough to watch them tomorrow,' said Mulflur. 'I get emotional just thinking about it. They've given their heart and soul to this program. They're two quality human beings and I couldn't be prouder of both of them. I just hope they play awesome tomorrow and go out with a bang. They've done so much for this program. You always hope that you get quality human beings on top of good golfers, and they're both great people. I couldn't ask for more out of them.'

In third position for Washington is junior Amber Prange who shot 4-over 76 and placed 64th at 14-over 230. Kim Shin rebounded from a tough second round with a 1-over 73, positioning her 77th at 17-over 233. Courtney McCracken shot 6-over 78 and is 99th at 20-over 236.

'I joked with Amber that I'm going to take her out for nine holes before we start tomorrow,' Mulflur said. 'On her second nine she was solid. All of her trouble has been on her first nine. Kim really struggled yesterday. It's a great sign that she played with that much confidence - that she came back from a poor round and played as well as she did today. We need that from her, no question. Courtney played well, she just had trouble with a couple of holes. She'll bounce back. She's due for a good round.'

The fourth round of the NCAA Championship begins at 8:00 a.m. (ET) on Friday. The Huskies begin teeing off at 1:20 p.m.

'We want to continue to play well,' said Mulflur of the team's goals for round four. 'The first two days we really struggled. But today's round doesn't make us say 'Wow, that was awesome.' We feel like we're capable of playing to that level all the time. So we just need to continue to be assertive out there and play well. I think we have a chance to continue moving up the leaderboard tomorrow'.

Live scoring of the tournament is available at golfstat.com.

NCAA Championship
Ohio State University Scarlet Course
Columbus, Ohio
Par-72, 6,203 yards

Team Results
1. Duke 297-292-287-876
2. USC 291-300-298-889
3. Pepperdine 301-295-298-894
4. Purdue 301-295-300-896
4. Arizona State 292-294-310-896
6. California 305-301-295-901
7. Georgia 306-305-291-902
7. Washington 305-304-293-902
7. Florida 293-307-302-902
10. Stanford 307-301-295-903
11. Auburn 301-298-305-904
12. Tennessee 303-290-315-908
13. Wake Forest 297-312-301-910
13. Arkansas 299-313-298-910
13. UCLA 301-306-303-910
16. Florida State 305-305-301-911
17. Arizona 296-319-297-912
18. Oklahoma State 311-299-308-918
18. UNLV 313-301-304-918
20. Nebraska 311-305-306-922
21. Kent State 312-307-304-923
22. Louisiana State 298-307-319-924
22. Texas A&M 302-306-316-924
24. Alabama 307-317-310-934

Top Individuals
1. Eileen Vargas, Pepperdine 68-71-75-214
2. Sandra Gal, Florida 74-72-71-217
2. Jennie Lee, Duke 73-72-72-217
2. Dewi Schreefel, USC 73-74-70-217
2. Jennifer Tangtiphaiboontana, Stanford 74-71-72-217
6. Da Sol Chung, UNLV 76-72-70-218
7. Maria Hernandez, Purdue 76-72-71-219
7. Elizabeth Janangelo, Duke 77-71-71-219
9. Amanda Blumenherst, Duke 76-74-70-220
9. Tiffany Chudy, Florida 69-75-76-220
9. Amie Cochran, UCLA 78-71-71-220

Washington Results
12. Paige Mackenzie 76-73-72-221
17. Sung Ea Lee 75-75-72-222
64. Amber Prange 78-76-76-230
77. Kim Shin 76-84-73-233
99. Courtney McCracken 78-80-78-236

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