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WSU Women's Golf Ties for Eleventh at NCAA West Regional
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Release: 05/07/2005
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May 7, 2005

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Two-time All-American Kim Welch closed her career with an even par 72 in the final round of the 2005 NCAA Division I West Regional, but it was not enough as the Washington State women's golf team tied for 11th and failed to advance to the NCAA Championships.

The No. 25 Cougars (Golfstat) entered the day tied for ninth and needed to move up one spot to advance to the NCAA Championships. Led by Welch's four birdies on the front nine, the Cougars were plus eight as a team at the turn and still in contention.

The 10th hole, a par-4, proved to be Washington State undoing as junior Anastasia Kostina bogeyed, senior Jay-Lee Longbottom double bogeyed and senior Maria Kostina recorded a 10 on the hole. The Cougars were five over par the rest of the way and finished 53-over after a final round 310 at the 6,319-yard New Mexico State University Golf Course.

Welch finished the tournament at 9-over to tie for 20th place. The Sacramento native's effort resulted in the 40th top-25 finish in her career, a WSU record. California's Sophia Sheridan fired a 2-under 70 in the final round to finish 4-under and captured the tournament by five strokes over Tennessee's Violeta Retamoza.

No. 3 UCLA and No. 12 Tennessee tied for the team title at 25-over. Also qualifying for the NCAA Championships were No. 24 California (+27), No. 14 USC (+28), No. 8 Oklahoma State (+34), BYU and UC Irvine, both at 42-over, and No. 23 Stanford (+44). No. 2 Georgia (+47) and No. 17 Arizona (+58) finished ninth and 13th, respectively and were among the schools that failed to advance to the NCAA Championships.

NCAA West Regional (Final Results)
New Mexico State University Golf Course (Par 72; 6,319 yards)
Las Cruces, N.M.

WSU Results: T-20) Kim Welch (75-78-72-225, +9), T-44) Jay-Lee Longbottom (75-78-77-230, +14), T-48) Anastasia Kostina (77-74-80-231, +15), T-48) Maria Kostina (75-75-81-231, +15), T-100) Tracy Broders (80-82-84-246, +30).

Team Results: T-1) Tennessee (291-310-288-889, +25), T-1) UCLA (304-299-286-889, +25), 3) California (296-307-288-891, +27), 4) USC (293-302-297-892, +28), 5) Oklahoma State (304-301-293-898, +34), T-6) BYU (298-305-303-906, +42), T-6) UC Irvine (308-300-298-906, +42), 8) Stanford (306-301-301-908, +44), 9) Georgia (296-306-309-911, +47), 10) Oregon (301-304-308-913, +49), T-11) UNLV (301-312-304-917, +53), T-11) Washington State (302-305-310-917, +53), 13) Arizona (303-314-305-922, +58), 14) Northwestern (311-306-306-923, +59), 15) Colorado State (308-305-312-925, +61), 16) San Francisco (318-306-302-926, +62), 17) Georgia State (317-302-313-932, +68), 18) Illinois State (312-309-317-938, +74), 19) Oral Roberts (318-311-313-942, +78), 20) Denver (317-314-313-944, +80), 21) Portland State (320-326-306-952, +88).

Top Five Individuals: 1) Sophia Sheridan, California (69-73-70-212, -4), 2) Violeta Retamoza, Tennessee (72-74-71-217, +1), T-3) Rachel Newren, BYU (69-78-71-218, +2), T-3) Dewi Schreefel, USC (73-71-74-218, +2), 5) Kay Hoey, Long Beach State (74-71-74, +3).

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