May 23, 2005
PULLMAN, Wash. - - The National Golf Coaches Association named Washington State University's Anastasia Kostina an Honorable Mention All-American at the Division I Women's College Golf banquet Friday, May 20, in Sunriver, Ore., site of the 2005 NCAA Women's Golf Championships.
Kostina becomes only the second WSU golfer, man or woman, to be named an All-American (Kim Welch). In addition, her selection marks the third consecutive year that WSU has been represented on the NGCA All-American Team. Welch earned All-American accolades in 2003 with an honorable mention selection and as a first team pick in 2004.
An incoming senior from Nakhabino, Russia, Kostina's All-American selection follows up her first team All-Pacific-10 Conference honor last month. Kostina finished in the top 11 in the Cougars' first 10 tournaments of the season, including nine top 10 efforts. The nine top 10 finishes tied Kostina with Welch (2003) for first on the school's all-time list for top 10 finishes in a season.
Kostina's season was highlighted by a victory at the Stanford Pepsi Intercollegiate Oct. 17. Kostina fired three rounds in the 60s to post a 54-hole score of 5-under 205, which was the lowest three-round total in school history. Kostina was named GolfWeek Player of the Week in the publication's Oct. 23 issue for her performance at Stanford.
In addition to her play with WSU, Kostina represented her home country of Russia at the Women's World Amateur Team Championships at Puerto Rico in October, where she finished in eighth place.
The National Golf Coaches Association, founded in 1983, is a non-profit organization representing women's collegiate golf coaches. The NGCA was formed to encourage the playing of college golf for women in correlation with a general objective of education and in accordance with the highest tradition of intercollegiate competition. Today, the NGCA represents over 350 programs throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.