As the end of April nears, so do the Pac-10 Championships for men's and women's golf. While the women will compete in one more tournament, and the men will compete in two, before the Championships roll around, it is indeed at the front of all the Cougars' minds.
This 1997 spring season finishes off Dan Koesters' inaugural season as head coach of both teams. Koesters, a graduate of New Mexico State University and a former WSU assistant coach, has spent months with his athletes, perfecting drives and putts, in the hopes of a successful showing at the Pac-10 Championships.
One of the golfers who has improved under Koesters' guidance has been Troy Blood. Blood, a senior from Hayden Lakes, Idaho, had competed in only four tournaments as a Cougar coming into the spring season, but has played magnificently. In two of the three tournaments, Blood led all Cougar golfers, including a Top-20 finish at the Aldila Classic.
The women have been led by the one-two punch of Margaret Switzer and Kelly Wilson. The senior and junior have finished first and second on the Cougar team in three of four spring tournaments. In fact, when Switzer won the Vandal Invitational, March 10, Wilson finished a single stroke behind her.
WSU's women may look back on their team victory at the Vandal Invitational and cheer. WSU's men may look at their 23rd place finish at the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate and groan. But both teams can be confident that, good or bad, nothing really counts until the scorecards have been signed at the Pac-10 Championships.