Sept. 22, 2010
PULLMAN - The Washington State University women's golf team won its first tournament in more than two years, holding off 42nd-ranked Washington to claim the Cougar Cup title at the Palouse Ridge Golf Club, Wednesday.
The Cougars posted a three-round team score of 917 (+53), finishing just one stroke clear of the Huskies. WSU had held a six-stroke lead over Washington headed into the final round, but with the Huskies already in the clubhouse with a 918 (+54), WSU's last golfer on the course had to birdie the 18th hole for the Cougars to win the title outright.
Sophomore Emma Betland made the birdie, and WSU recorded its first victory since the Inland Invitational Sept. 15-16, 2008, the inaugural tournament held at Palouse Ridge. The win also marked the first tournament victory for head coach Kelli Kamimura, now in her second year at Washington State.
"I'm so proud of this team, they showed me today they can handle the pressure," WSU Head Coach Kelli Kamimura said. "It feels amazing to get the first win, but more than the win for the team, I was happy to see this team grow and mature. They knew coming down the stretch that every stroke mattered. There were more than 900 strokes taken by every team this week, and it came down to one."
Betland finished tied for fourth to lead the Cougars, carding a 54-hole total of 225 (+9). This was the first top-10 finish this season for Betland, and the second of her career.
Freshman Mallory Kent recorded her first-career top 10 finish in just her second-career event, finishing tied for seventh with a 228 (+12).
Sophomore Ali Thompson and junior Kristen Allard each finished in the top 25, with Thompson posting a 232 (+16) and Allard recording a 233 (+17). Thompson finished tied for 13th, her second-straight top-25 finish to start the season, and the sixth of her career. Allard finished 16th, her seventh-career top-25 effort.
Rounding out the Cougar contingent was sophomore Ellen Park, who recorded a 247 (+31).
The Cougars continue their fall season Oct. 4-6 at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational in Seattle.
For complete results from the Cougar Cup, CLICK HERE.