Husky Men Fifth After Two Rounds At Pac-10 Championships

April 23, 2007

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EUGENE, Ore. - Washington men's golf wrapped up the first two rounds of the Pac-10 Championships at the Eugene Country Club in fifth place shooting 5-over 725 in the tournament's opening day. Senior Erik Olson, the 2005 conference champion, led the Huskies with rounds of 1-under 71 and even-par 72 and is tied for 10th in the individual standings.

USC jumped out to an early 8-stroke lead in the overall team standings at 20-under 700. UCLA is currently the runner-up at 12-under 708, with Stanford in third (even-par 720), Arizona State in fourth (2-over 722) and Washington in fifth (5-over 725).

The Huskies will have their work cut out for them to finish among the top-two teams for the third straight season, but it was the most experienced seniors - Olson and Alex Prugh - who fought to keep that goal alive. Prugh is tied for 19th at even-par 144, carding rounds of 1-over 73 and 1-under 71 on Monday. Washington had three players among the Top-25 individual including freshman Joel Dahmen (2-over 146). Dahmen shot back-to-back rounds of 1-over 73.

Rounding out the Husky lineup were freshman Nick Taylor who is tied for 38th (4-over 148) and junior Zach Bixler who is tied for 46th (6-over 150).

Team leader USC had two of the top three finishers after the first 36 holes, with Jamie Lovemark leading the field by four strokes (9-under 135). Lovemark turned in rounds of 69 and 66 on Monday. His teammate Rory Hie is second at 5-under 139 (72-67) and tied with Arizona State's Niklas Lemke (69-70).

The Pac-10 Men's Golf Championships hosted by Oregon continue with another 18 holes on Tuesday starting at 8 a.m. The tournament wraps up Wednesday with the final round in Eugene.

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