March 24, 2004
What's Happening This Week: The Washington State women's golf team head down to Arizona to tee up against some fierce competition in the Mountain View Collegiate in Tucson, Ariz. held at the par 72 MountainView Golf Course...the two day tournament will begin Saturday March 27, with 36-holes of play and end with the final 18 holes Sunday, March 28.
The Field: The 16 team field will include: Boise State, Colorado State, International Pacific, Iowa State, Kansas State, Portland State, San Diego State, Colorado, Denver, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Louisville, Nebraska, Northern Arizona, and Washington State.
What Happened at the Dr. Donnis Thompson Rainbow Invitational (Last Tournament): Junior Kim Welch rallied from four shots down to win the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational, March 17...second consecutive win...fired a 1-under 71 to propel her to a two-shot victory over a quartet of players...her 71, which tied for the best final round score in the 51-person field, gave her a 54-hole total of 3-over 219...the average final round score of the six players tied or ahead of Welch entering the final round was 77......the Cougars earned a third place team finish...WSU bettered No. 25 (Golfstat) Pepperdine by two strokes...Junior Jay-Lee Longbottom notched her fourth consecutive top 25 finish of the spring, and the 15th of her career, with a 22nd place finish...Maria Kostina secured her ninth career top 25 effort by finishing in a tie for 23rd...Ana Kostina and Stephanie Parsley tied for 30th to round out the Cougar contingent.
Sq-Welch-ing The Competition: Junior Kim Welch received College National Player of Week honors from Golfweek for the March 27 issue of the magazine...earned College National Player of Week accolades from GolfWorld for the March 19 issue of the magazine...garnered her second consecutive win at the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational, March 17...captured the crown for the third consecutive year at the Duck Invitational to help lead the Cougars to their second straight victory, March 9...is currently ranked No. 13 by Golfstat in its Women's Cup Rankings...ranked No. 38 by Golfweek in its women's individual ratings...ranked second nationally for par 5 scoring (4.65) and fourth for sub par strokes per round (3.27) by Golfstat...selected as a 2003-04 Preseason All-American by Golfweek magazine...ranked ninth on the Top 50 female players to watch list for the 2003-04 season by GolfWorld magazine in its Sept. 12 issue...finished fifth at the 2003 NCAA Championships with an 11-over total of 299...as a result of her finish at the NCAAs, she earned a National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) All-American accolades, the first WSU player to garner such an honor...named a 2003 All-Pac-10 second team selection...ranked No. 40 by Golfstat in its 2003 final rankings...earned national College Player of Week honors by GolfWorld magazine for its March 21, 2003 issue...College Player of the Week honors by GolfWorld magazine for its April 5, 2002 issue...earned an All-Pac-10 honorable mention selection in 2002 to become the first freshman in school history to earn all- conference honors...rated as the nation's ninth best freshmen class in Golfstat's freshmen class impact ranking.
Head Cougars: Head coach Walt Williams is currently in his sixth season with the Cougars...in 2002, he led the women's team to a Top 10 finish at the NCAA West Regionals along with a finish in the Top 25 at the NCAA National Championship...three different golfers have been named All Pac-10 under the coaching of Williams...assistant coach Heather Holte is currently in her third season at WSU...Holte played golf at the University of Oregon, where she competed at the NCAA Regionals in 1995 and 1996...Holte is an amateur player at Oregon... Ryan Ressa enters his first year as an assistant coach for the Cougars...played for WSU in 2003...posted four top 25 finishes while at Washington State...attended and played for the College of the Dessert where he was named the Foothill Conference MVP and earned all-state honors.