March 24, 2006
What's Happening This Week: The Washington State men's golf team travels to Oregon this week to compete in the Duck Invitational held at the par-72, 6,807 yard Shadow Hills Country Club at Junction City, Ore... the two-day tournament will start Monday with a shotgun start at 8:00 a.m. with 36 holes of play and will end with the final 18 holes teeing off at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday.
The Field: The 12 team field pairs Washington State up against familiar competition as the Cougars have faced all but three opponents at least once this season: UC-Davis, UC-Riverside, Idaho State, Nevada, Oregon, Oregon State, Pacific, Portland, San Diego State, Texas Pan-American, and Wyoming.
Traveling for the Cougars: Five Cougars will be traveling down to Pac-10 rival Oregon this week: junior Chris Collins, senior Ryan Witz, redshirt junior Jordan Madison, sophomore Jordan Mason, and redshirt senior David Fern...Collins, Madison and Mason have competed in each tournament this season while Fern is making his third appearance after missing the fall season due to illness.
Last Time Out: Border Olympics: Junior Chris Collins continued his spring success with a 14th place finish at the 55th annual Border Olympics held at the par-72, 7,241 yard Laredo Country Club at Laredo, Texas...senior Ryan Witz and redshirt junior Jordan Madison each placed tied for 36th (223, +7)...the Cougars finished the tournament in 11th(895, +31)...junior Kevin Chen placed 67th while sophomore Jordan Mason finished tied for 79th.
Cougars Continue to Climb: Junior Chris Collins' 14th place finish at the Border Olympics moved him into 10th on WSU's list of career top-25 finishes with nine...redshirt junior Jordan Madison's ninth place finish at the Washington National Championship moved him one finish closer to third place on WSU's list of career top-10 finishes...sits in sole possession of fourth with 10...now has 15 top-25 efforts moving him into a two-way tie for sixth on WSU's list of career top-25 finishes.
Cougars Caddy For Katrina: Ten Washington State golfers traveled to Seattle, Wash., Oct. 30, to take part in the "Golf for the Gulf" charity event sponsored by the Seattle based golf radio show "Tee It Up" on KJR Sports Talk 950AM. The Cougars volunteered as caddies for the event, which raised $8,500 for the Rural Health Clinic of Bayou Le Batre, Ala. The clinic, located just 27 miles south of Mobile, Ala., was wiped out when Hurricane Katrina sent a 25-foot storm surge through Bayou Le Batre. The proceeds from the tournament went directly to the health clinic's restoration efforts.
Washington State Men's Golf Notes:
--Washington State University is currently ranked 90th by Golfstat, Inc. and 95th by Golfweek.
--Junior Chris Collins has finished in the top 25 in six of the season's nine tournaments including four top-10 efforts...has nine total top 25 finishes and five career top 10s since transferring to WSU in 2004.
--Senior Ryan Witz has finished in the top 10 in three of the four spring tournaments, including a sixth place finish at the Thunderbird Invite, Feb.13-14, 2006.
--The Cougar's second place finish at the Washington National Championship marks their fifth top-5 finish of the season...took the title at the Inland Cup, Feb. 27...three came during the five fall tournaments: Northwest Collegiate (T3rd), Cardinal Intercollegiate (3rd) and the Del Walker Intercollegiate (3rd).