April 5, 2002
On The Tee This Week:
At Utah Dixie Classic
Sunbrook Golf Course
St. George, Utah
Par 72, 5,882 yards
This Week:After taking a week off from tournament action, the Washington State women's golf team returns to the links at the Utah Dixie Classic, April 8-9, at the par-72, 5,882 yard, Sunbrook Golf Course in St. George, Utah. The 54-hole tournament will consist of 27 holes, Monday and Tuesday with both days' action beginning with an 8 a.m. Mountain Time shotgun start.
The Field: The 22-team field includes host BYU, Colorado State, Boise State, Long Beach State, Colorado, Denver, Hawaii, Idaho, Idaho State, Mesa State, Montana, Montana State, Northern Arizona, San Diego State, San Francisco, Weber State, Wyoming, Portland State, UC-Irvine, UC-Riverside, Nevada and Washington State.
Welch Golfworld Player of the Week: Although the Cougars took the week off on the course last week, the news regarding the team didn't. Freshman Kim Welch captured national recognition by earning College Player of Week accolades from Golfworld in the magazine's April 5 issue.
The honor was the second bestowed on the WSU golf program in the last three weeks as Dustin White was named College Player of the Week by the publication in its March 15 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.
Moving Up The Rankings: Welch's triumph at Oregon vaulted the freshman from No. 136 to No. 99 in this week's Golfstat Cup rankings. Thus far this season, Welch has posted six top-14 efforts. The Sacramento, Calif., native captured victories at the Duck Invitational, March 29 and the Lady Vandal Fall Invitational, Oct. 2. In addition Welch posted a sixth place finish at the Ram Fall Classic, Sept. 11 and completed the Oregon State Shanico Golf Invitational in a tie for 14th place, Oct. 10. Welch began the spring season with a fifth place effort at the Inland Collegiate, Feb. 18 and then tied for eighth at the Rainbow Invite, March 20.
Browner Tops All-Time List: With four top-10 finishes this season, senior Tasha Browner has increased her total number of career top-10 finishes to 11. That has placed the Tarzana, Calif., native at the pinnacle of WSU's all-time list in that category. Browner entered the fall season sharing the record, which stood at seven, with Jill A. Johnson (1988-91) and Erin Johnsrud (1989-90). Browner staked her claim to sole possession of the record with a third place effort at the Ram Fall Classic, Sept. 11 and a fourth place finish at the Lady Vandal Classic, Oct. 2. Browner began the spring campaign with a third place finish at the Inland Collegiate, Feb. 18 and posted her fourth top-10 finish of the season with an eighth place effort at the Rainbow Invite, March 20.
Record Breaking Effort: The Cougars set a team scoring record in their first tournament of the fall season. The team's final round score of 297 at the Ram Fall Classic, Sept. 11 set the school record for lowest single-round team score. The Cougars broke the previous record of 298 set a year ago to the day at the same tournament. The record-breaking final round gave the Cougars a three-round total of 898, setting the mark for the lowest three-round team score. The previous mark was 900 set at the Ram Fall Classic, Sept. 12.
Pacific-10 Conference Women's Golf Championship
Hosted By Washington State University
Walla Walla Country Club
Walla Walla, Wash.
85. Washington State
89. Washington State
WSU Career Top 10 Finishes 1. Tasha Browner 11 2. Erin Johnsrud 7 Jill A. Johnson 7 4. Jennifer Dodd 6 5. Kim Welch 5 WSU Career Top 25 Finishes 1. Jennifer Dodd 24 2. Tasha Browner 18 3. Jill A. Johnson 16 4. Erin Johnsrud 13 Becky Fossum 13