Feb. 27, 2006
Thousand Oaks, Calif. - Sterling Clark's career best first-round 67 propelled the 26th-ranked Washington men's golf team to second place after a cold and wet opening round at the Ashworth Invitational in Thousand Oaks, Calif. The Huskies shot an even-par 284 to trail Pepperdine by one stroke at North Ranch Country Club. Play was suspended in the second round due to heavy rain while the Huskies were still out on the course.
Clark's 4-under 67 led all golfers in the opening round, affording him a 1-stroke lead over Oklahoma's Anthony Kim, Coastal Carolina's Zack Byrd and Adam Porzak of Pepperdine. The sophomore's previous career best 18-hole score was a 71 he shot at the 2005 Pac-10 Championships.
"Sterling had a great day," said Husky head coach Matt Thurmond. "I walked with him the whole day, and it was a lot of fun. If he can play like that all the time, we'll be a tough team to deal with."
Senior James Lepp shot an even-par 71 to place 11th in round one. One stroke behind him was junior Alex Prugh, whose 1-over 72 was good for 15th in the field. Erik Olson's 74 and Zach Bixler's 76 rounded out the Huskies' first round scoring, placing them 29th and 53rd, respectively.
"The effort was awesome today," Thurmond said. "We aren't that sharp right now - we're still making a lot of mistakes - and the playing conditions were extremely difficult, but we fought really hard and were able to work through some things. We're excited to go out there tomorrow and have a chance to win."
The second round will be concluded tomorrow beginning at 7 a.m. and will be immediately followed by the third and final round. Live scoring of the tournament is available at golfstat.com. First round results only are listed below.
Ashworth Invitational North Ranch Country Club Thousand Oaks, Calif. Par-71, 6,742 yards
Team Results 1. Pepperdine 283 2. Washington 284 3. Brigham Young 286 4. Georgia Southern 289 5. UCLA 289 6. USC 289 7. Stanford 290 8. Coastal Carolina 291 9. Oklahoma 292 10. Oregon 295 11. Tennessee 296 12. San Diego State 300 13. Oregon State 307 14. UC Davis 310 15. Fresno State 317 Individual Leaders 1. Sterling Clark, Washington 67 2. Anthony Kim, Oklahoma 68 Zack Byrd, Coastal Carolina 68 Adam Porzak, Pepperdine 68 5. Clay Ogden, BYU 69 Jon David Kennedy, Georgia Southern 69 Michael Baird, Pepperdine 69 8. Tyler Ley, USC 70 Daniel Im, UCLA 70 Joshua Wooding, USC 70 Washington Scores 1. Sterling Clark 67 11. James Lepp 71 15. Alex Prugh 72 29. Erik Olson 74 53. Zach Bixler 76