June 6, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. - Former Cougars Dustin White and Kim Welch will compete at the U.S. Open and U.S. Women's Open, respectively, after they each swung their way to the top of their respective sectional qualifying rounds, Monday, June 5, 2006. White and Welch will become the first Cougars to compete at the U.S. Open tournaments.
White, who graduated from Washington State in 2003, fired a 66 at his local qualifier, May 15, to advance him to the next step along the road to the U. S. Open. His first round success sent him to Littleton, Colo., for the sectional qualifying round. At this particular location only one spot was open to advance to the U.S. Open which White captured after carding a two-round score of 135 (67-68).
Welch, the decorated All-American, qualified for the U.S. Women's Open after tying for fourth (149) at her sectional qualifying round held at West Bloomfield, Mich. Welch was able to advance to the second round after firing a 74 at a one-round local qualifier held in Phoenix, Ariz., May 22.
Welch, who graduated from WSU in 2005, re-wrote the school record book during her Cougar career. A four-time All-Pac-10 selection, Welch compiled 11 wins, 31 top-10 finishes and 40 top-25 finishes in her WSU career.
White also left his mark on the Cougar record book by establishing career marks in the top-25 finishes at 27 and top-10 finishes at 17. The Colorado native was a two-time All-Pac-10 selection and was named one of the top 50 male players to watch during the 2002-03 season by GolfWorld magazine.
Both tournaments will consist of 156 player fields comprised of place-winners in the sectional qualifying rounds and those exempt from both the local and sectional qualifying rounds. The U.S. Open begins June 15 at the par-70 7,264 yard Winged Foot Golf Club at Mamaroneck, N.Y. while play at the U.S. Women's open tees off June 29 at the par-71, 6,616 yard Newport Country Club at Newport, R.I.