March 24, 2000
Pullman, Wash.--- For the first time this season, the Washington State women's golf team has cracked the top-50 in both major college golf polls.
Golfstat.com and the Golfweek.com/Sagarin rankings have the Cougars ranked 49th and 50th in the nation, respectively. More importantly, WSU is currently rated 13th in the Far West District. 13 teams from that region qualify for NCAA West Regionals. After the Cougars second place showing at the Colby Invitational, both the national and district rankings should move up.
Junior Jennifer Dodd (Portland, Ore.) is the highest ranked individual player on the WSU roster. Dodd is 152nd in the Sagarin poll and has been the focal point on a team that has re-written the WSU record books. Twice this season the four-score single round record has fallen. At the Stanford Intercollegiate in October, Dodd, Jenny Ballou (Portland, Ore.), Tasha Browner (Tarzana, Calif.) and Shanelle Roberts (Tacoma, Wash.) combined for a 303 to break the record. The record was broke again two weeks ago at the Pioneer/Bruin Classic. Dodd, Ballou, Browner, and freshmen Donna Bell (Prince George, BC) teamed up for an even 300 and also smashed the 54-hole team record, firing a two-day 912.
The Pac-10 Conference is dominating both polls with Arizona, Southern California, Arizona State, and Stanford in the top-five.
The Cougar women will hit the links next at the Utah-Dixie Classic on April 3-4.