Oct. 5, 2001
What's Happening This Week: The fall golf season continues for the Washington State men's and women's golf teams with the men traveling to the University of Nevada Wolf Pack Classic, Oct. 8 & 9 while the women head south for the Oregon State University hosted Shanico Invitational, Oct. 8-10.
About The Tournaments:
Wolf Pack Classic: WSU will compete at the par-72, 7,236 yard Genoa Lakes Golf Course in Genoa, Nev. The 54-hole Wolf Pack Classic will consist of 36 holes Monday and 18 Tuesday. Both day's action is slated to begin at 7 p.m. Pacific. The four low scores of each five-man team will count toward the team score.
WSU will compete in a 15-team field that includes Boise State, Denver, Hawaii, Hawaii-Hilo, Louisiana-Monroe, Loyola Marymount, Nevada, New Mexico State, North Carolina-Greensboro, Portland, Rhode Island, San Francisco, University of Texas-El Paso, and Wyoming.
"This will be a really good test for us," said WSU Head Coach Walt Williams of playing in the Wolf Pack Classic. "There are several quality programs that will compete in this tournament."
Shanico Invitational: The Cougars' women's team will play at the par-72, 6,072 yard Trysting Tree Golf Club at Corvallis, Ore. The 54-hole tournament will consist of 18 holes each Monday through Wednesday. Tee times will begin at 8:30 a.m. Monday and Tuesday and 9 a.m. Wednesday. The Cougars are scheduled to tee off at 9:50 a.m. Monday and Tuesday. The four low scores of each five-person team will count toward the team score.
The Cougars will be part of a 19-team field that includes Arizona, Boise State, Brigham Young, California, Eastern Washington, Idaho State, Idaho, Long Beach State, UNLV, New Mexico, Northern Arizona, Oregon State, Oregon, Portland State, Stanford, San Francisco, Washington, and Weber State.
What Happened Last Week: In what Williams called "the best finish in a tournament by WSU considering the strength of the field" the Cougars finished second at the Husky Invitational, Sept. 25. The Cougars defeated perennial power Pepperdine and bested Pac-10 rivals Oregon, Stanford, California and Oregon State by a combined 92 strokes. Ryan Camp led a contingent of four Cougars that finished in the top 18 with a seventh place effort.
Head-To-Head: WSU enters the Wolf Pack Classic sporting a 38-2 team head-to-head record in three events this fall. In addition, the Cougars avenged the two second place finishes to Washington and Oregon with triumphs over the teams in other tournaments, including a win against the Huskies at the Idaho Vandal Fall Invitational, Sept. 25.
WSU has not finished lower than second in any of the three fall tournaments in which they participated. The Cougars began the fall campaign with a second place effort at the Oregon State hosted Northwest Collegiate Classic, Sept. 11 followed by the aforementioned victory at the Idaho Vandal Fall Invitational Sept. 25.
The success of the men's team can be attributed to the consistent play of Ryan Camp, Jon Reehoorn, Jeremy Taylor, Dustin White and Isaac Woods. Combined, the group has posted a dozen top 20 finishes in three tournaments. White leads the team with a 70.8 strokes per round average followed closely by Taylor (72 strokes/round), Reehoorn (72.2), Camp (72.6) and Woods (73.2).
What Happened Last Week: Firing a final round 69, freshman Kim Welch captured the Lady Vandal Fall Invitational by two strokes at the par-72 University of Idaho Golf Course, Sept. 25.
Welch entered the final round in a tie for ninth, trailing second round leader Walakak Satarak of UC Irvine by five strokes. The Sacramento, Calif., native overcame the deficit with her tournament-best final round effort. Welch shot rounds of 79-73-69 for a five-over par total of 221, two ahead of Idaho's Nicole Keller.
"I thought I had a chance to come back," Welch said. "I figured I would need to shoot a 66 to win. I didn't get that so I was a little nervous waiting for the other scores to come in.
"Putting was definitely the difference," added Welch. "I was hitting the ball well all week but I had five three-putts in the first round. I fixed it in the second round and I made a couple of putts during the final round."
With her second top-six finish of the fall, Welch helped lead the Cougars to a fourth place team finish in the 16-team field. With a final round cumulative score of 303, WSU was only topped by tournament champion Idaho's 302 for the best final round team score of the day.
Senior Tasha Browner finished in a tie for fourth with a score of 225 (+9). It was the second top four finish in the fall season for the Tarzana, Calif., native. Browner posted a third place effort at the Ram Fall Classic in Fort Collins, Colo., Sept. 11.