March 11, 2004
What's Happening This Week: The Washington State men's golf team heads to Huntsville, Texas for the Bearkat Classic that takes place March 14-15 at the Raven Nest Golf Course, a par 72 and 6,872 yard course...teams will shoot 36 holes Sunday and the final 18 Monday for a total of 54...teams will tee off with a shotgun start at 7:45 a.m. Sunday and in between 7:45-9:30 a.m. Monday.
The Field: The 16 team field will include: Army, Boston College, Centenary, Iowa, Eastern Illinois, Louisiana Tech, Nicholls State, Oklahoma City, Rice, Sam Houston, Southern Illinois, Stephen F. Austin State, Texas Pan-American, Texas State-San Marcos, Washington State, and Western Illinois.
WSU Men At The Bearkat Classic: The Cougars return to the Bearkat Classic after a one year absence from the tournament...this is the first time the Cougars have played at Raven Nest Golf Course...two seasons ago, they recorded a second place finish behind Arkansas-Little Rock...Ryan Camp is the only member on the squad to have competed in the Bearkat Classic, placing tied for 29th.
Head Coach Walt Williams, On The Bearkat Classic And Team: " We are chomping a bit to play because of the three week layoff. I don't think it was a good thing (to have that much time off), but I think we'll play well and get a chance to straighten our swings out. I expect Camp to play real well and could make a run at winning it. He seems real focused on this upcoming spring season. Madison also has a chance to make a run with Camp. They are very quality players. Carlson has played extremely well this spring. I am interested to see Chen gain some consistency and how Fladwood responds to the competition after missing a few months with an injury."
What Happened at the Inland Collegiate (Last Tournament): The Cougars successfully captured their sixth consecutive Inland Championship Feb. 21...Ryan Camp took home his first career victory by firing a 3-under 68...Camp defeated teammate Chad Carlson by three strokes, who tied for second with a 1-under 71...Jordan Madison and Adam Hober both finished in a tie for eighth place by shooting a 75 (+3)...Kevin Chen tied for 14th...Ben Bryson and Paul Knue finished in a tie for 20th...Logan Toskey recorded a 22nd place tie.
Young Guns: The Cougs trio of freshmen in Madison, Chen, and Fladwood currently rank ninth in the nation for freshman class impact on a team according to Golfstat...Madison ranks 10th in the nation hitting greens in regulation with a .756 percentage according to Golfstat.
Head Cougars: Coach Walt Williams is in his sixth year as head coach at WSU...in 2002, Williams was selected as Pac-10 Coach of the Year while leading his team to the NCAA West Regionals...Williams has helped four different golfers earn All Pac-10 honors and has had five different earn All Pac-10 Academic honors...assistant coach Heather Holte is in her third year at WSU...Holte played Pac-10 golf for the University of Oregon and graduated in 1997...she is now an amateur player at Oregon...Ryan Ressa has been added to the Cougar coaching staff as an assistant this year...Ressa played for WSU in the 2002-03 season.