Prugh Wins Nationwide Event
March 16, 2009
ARROWTOWN, New Zealand -- Former University of Washington golfer Alex Prugh carded a pair of eagles during the final round en route to an 8-under 64 that catapulted him atop the leader board of the New Zealand Open on Sunday.
Prugh, a 2004 All-American Honorable Mention, defeated fellow American Michael Hill by three strokes in the Nationwide Tour event by shooting a 19-under 269. More than 20 players were in the hunt for top honors Sunday, trailing by as few as four strokes. Prugh was the only one to come through in a big way, as he chipped in an eagle on the par-4 eighth hole and birdied 11, 12 and 14 to earn a share of the lead. Then Prugh scored birdies on 16 and 17 to pull away.
Prugh is the first American to win the event since Corey Pavin won in 1984 and 1985. He took home the $108,000 purse for the win, as well as made another step closer to the PGA Tour. A 2007 UW graduate, Prugh has been playing the best golf of his professional career in 2009, which has culminated in this week's victory. His previous top finish was a third-place effort in 2008, but has finished twice in the top 25 thus far this season in Nationwide Events.
As a Husky, Prugh was part of the 2005 group that placed third at the NCAA Championship, the Dawgs' highest finish. In fact, three of Prugh's four years at the University of Washington (2004-07) ended in a top-10 finish nationally. Prugh led the Huskies in stroke average during the 2006 (71.7) and 2007 (72.2) seasons, and holds the record for lowest 18-hole round (60) in school history with Brock Mackenzie. Prugh's 15th-place finish at the 2006 NCAA Championship is the sixth-best in Husky golf.