April 3, 2002
PULLMAN, Wash. - For the second time in three weeks, a Washington State University golfer has been recognized with a national honor by Golfworld magazine.
Three weeks ago it was junior Dustin White, who was named College Player of the Week by the publication in its March 15 issue.
This week, it is freshman Kim Welch, who captured national recognition by earning College Player of Week accolades from Golfworld in the magazine's April 5 issue.
"I was shocked when Dustin was named national player of the week and now, three weeks later, Kim is honored on the women's side," said WSU Head Coach Walt Williams. "It is an unbelievable honor, especially for a freshman."
"Kim has played fabulous golf nearly all year," Williams added. "She is really going to be something special."
Welch earned the honor by virtue of her three-shot victory at the Oregon Duck Invitational, March 29. Welch entered the final round of the tournament tied for second, trailing second-round leader Susannah Laing of the University of San Francisco by three strokes, but the Sacramento, Calif., native overcame the deficit with her final round effort of 70.
Welch steadily improved throughout the tournament, posting rounds of 74-72-70 for an even-par total of 216, three shots ahead of Washington's Lindsey Morgan. The final round 70 tied for the tournament-low round in the 82-player field.
The victory was the second of the season for Welch as the freshman captured the Lady Vandal Invitational, Oct. 2. The win at the Vandal Invite marked the first triumph by a Cougar in a tournament since Kelly Wilson achieved the feat at the Lady Lumberjack Invitational in 1998.
Welch's triumph marked the second individual tournament title captured by a Cougar golfer in the week. Jon Reehoorn won the men's individual medal at the Duck Invitational, March 26.