March 24, 2003
EUGENE, Ore. -
Washington's Brock Mackenzie fired a course-record 12-under par, 60, in the second round for a two-round total of 10-under par, 134, to take a three-shot lead over Oregon's John Ellis (137) following the first day of play at the Oregon Duck Invitational at the par 72, 6,854-yard Eugene Country Club on Monday.
Mackenzie's score vaulted Washington (568) to a score of 7-under par and into a four-stroke lead over Arizona(572) and five-shot advantage over host Oregon (573) as the three schools were the only ones in the field of 16 to finish under par. UCLA (581) and UC Davis (583) round out the top five.
Mackenzie's second round included 10 birdies, one eagle and seven pars as he smashed both the Eugene Country Club and University of Washington single round records. He became the third collegian with a round of 60, joining Arizona State's Paul Casey, who shot a 10-under 60 during the final round of the 1999 Pac-10 Championships at Seattle's Broadmoor Country Club, and Georgia Tech's Bryce Molder, who like Mackenzie, was 12 strokes under par for his 60, set Nov. 5, 2000, at the Palmetto Dunes Collegiate.
The Aggies fired an opening-round of 7-over par, 295, then came back in the afternoon to shoot even-par 288, one of only six rounds of par-or-better on the day.
Individually, UC Davis junior Jay Westerlund is in ninth place at 2-under par 142, eight strokes off the pace of Mackenzie. Westerlund opened with an even-par 72 in the morning and followed that with a 70 in the second round. Teammate Eric Restrepo (145) improved by five strokes from his opening round of 75 to enter Wednesday tied for 13th, 1-over par. Junior Scott Gordon (147) is tied for 30th while juniors Josh Williams (152) is tied for 61st and Chris Kilkenny (154) is tied for 72nd.
"It was a very good day for us," said Aggie Head Coach Cy Williams
. "It was good to see our top players come through in the afternoon round. It's great to be competing with some of the top teams in the country and it shows where we are as a program and it's only going to get better."
The Oregon Duck Invitational concludes on Tuesday with a final 18 holes at the Eugene Country Club.