March 12, 2008
BOULDER CREEK, Nev. - The Washington State women's golf team finished as co-champions of the UNLV Spring Rebel Invitational Wednesday, breaking the school record for lowest three-round total with a 5-under par 859.
WSU notched its second tournament victory of the 2007-08 season, and gave Head Coach Walt Williams his 13th win at the helm of the Cougar women's program. The Cougars finished the three-day event tied with No. 35 Brigham Young.
"We played awesome for three rounds," Williams said. "What I am most proud of is how our players played with the lead. The entire team played fantastic golf, it wasn't just one or two players. This is what we have been looking for."
Four Cougars finished in the top 25 at the par-72, 6,204-yard Boulder Creek Golf Club, as the team shattered the school's three-round record previously set in 2004 by 11 strokes. Led by All-Americans Anastasia Kostina and Kim Welch, WSU shot 870 at the Stanford Intercollegiate, Oct. 15-17, 2004.
Senior Tracy Broders and junior Jessica Black each finished tied for 13th with three-round totals of 215 (-1), and were two of only 15 golfers to finish under par in the 96-woman field. Junior Amy Eneroth and sophomore Diana Hong each finished tied for 18th with a 217 (+1). Senior Brooke Henderson rounded out the Cougar contingent, finishing tied for 35th with a 222 (+6).
The Cougar women finished day one in second place after firing a 3-under 285 in the opening round, the second-lowest single-round team score in school history. WSU took possession of first place at the tournament with a 289 (+1) in the second round, three strokes ahead of BYU.
WSU matched its opening round score of 285 (-3) in the final round, finishing the tournament with a three-round total of 859 (-5). WSU and BYU were the only two schools to finish under par at the tournament.
The Cougar women finished 10 strokes ahead of Pacific-10 Conference foe Oregon, 29 strokes ahead of intrastate rival and No. 46 Washington and 30 strokes ahead of No. 45 Indiana.
Black, a native of Bend, Ore., carded a career-low 67 (-5) in the final round to catapult up the leaderboard. She began the final round in a tie for 29th, but after registering six birdies and only one bogey, finished tied for 13th, her best finish this season. Her final round score is tied for the fifth-lowest in school history.
For Broders, a Tigard, Ore., native, the finish marks the third in the top 25 this season and ninth of her career. Her opening-round 69 (-3) was a career low.
Hong (Sacramento, Calif.) notched her 10th career top 25 finish and third this season, while Eneroth (Colbert, Wash.) tallied her fifth top 25 of the season and 22nd of her career.
The Cougar women continue their season March 24-25 at the Duck Invitational at Eugene, Ore.
WSU Results: T13. Jessica Black (76-72-67--215, -1), T13. Tracy Broders (69-72-74--215, -1), T18. Amy Eneroth (74-71-72--217, +1), T18. Diana Hong (69-74-74--217, +1), T35. Brooke Henderson (73-77-72--222, +6).
The Field: T1. Washington State (859, -5), T1. Brigham Young (859, -5), T3. Oregon (869, +5), T3. Texas Tech (869, +5), 5. San Francisco (870, +6), 6. UNLV (873, +9), 7. UC Davis (875, +11), 8. Campbell (883, +19), 9. Idaho (887, +23), 10. Washington (888, +24), 11. Indiana (889, +25), 12. Fresno State (890, +26), 13. Colorado State (901, +37), 14. Sacramento State (902, +38), 15. New Mexico State (903, +39), 16. Kansas State (914, +50), 17. Eastern Washington (925, +61), 18. Long Beach State (942, +78).
Top Five Individuals: 1. Cathryn Bristow, Oregon (69-69-70--208, -8), 2. Ulrika van Niekerk, Texas Tech (70-71-69--210, -6), T3. Jade Bollinger, Brigham Young (71-71-70--212, -4), T3. Christina Yoon, Washington (73-72-67--212, -4), T5. Three Individuals Tied at 213 (-3).