Oct. 2, 2005
Seattle - The ninth-ranked Washington men's golf team makes its second trip to the Midwest in less than a month to play in the Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge Oct. 3-4. The second annual event pits 14 teams from the two conferences against each other in a 54-hole tournament. This year's Challenge will be held at par-72, 7,149-yard The Glen Club in Glenview, Ill., outside of Chicago.
The field for this year's tournament includes Arizona, Arizona State, California, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State, Oregon, Purdue, UCLA, USC and Washington.
The tournament began in 2004 and is rotating with these courses the first three years: Bandon Dunes (2004), The Glen Club (2005) and Pacific Dunes (2006). The tournament features six teams from the Big Ten and Pac-10 Conferences. Northwestern and Oregon will serve as co-hosts and will be automatically exempt into the tournament (as is the case for 2005, making the tourney a 14-team field). The low four finishers from each conference's previous championship will earn exemptions, and Kemper Sports will select one at-large berth from each conference. If Northwestern or Oregon finishes in the top-four at the conference championship, then the fifth-place finisher will receive that spot. In addition, if any team declines their invitation that spot will be awarded to the fifth-place finisher in that respective conference.
Last year Minnesota and USC tied for first at 596 but the Gophers won the tiebreaker after the event was shortened to 36 holes due to rain. Arizona State's Alejandro Canizares won medalist honrs with a 2-under 142. Washington was sixth last year at 603. Alex Prugh led the team by finishing one shot behind Canizares. James Lepp did not compete with UW last year. He was playing for Team Canada at the World Team Amateur Championships being held at the same time.
The Huskies tied Minnesota at the Gopher Invitational to start the season and then placed eighth at last week's PING/Golfweek Fall Preview. Prugh has led Washington at both tournaments. He was second at the Gopher Invitational and placed fifth at the Fall Preview. Prugh leads the team with a 71.0 stroke average after two tournaments.