March 18, 2005
On The Tee This Week:
Shadow Hills Country Club
Par 72, 6,103 yards
Junction City, Ore.
Three-time defending champion Kim Welch attempting to capture Duck Invitational for a fourth time...Cougars go for third straight team title.
Eugene Country Club
Par 72, 6,900 yards
David Fern has finished in the top 26 in six of eight tournaments this season.
What's Happening: The Washington State women's and men's golf teams travel to Oregon to compete at the Duck Invitational, March 21-22...two-time All-American Kim Welch will attempt to capture her fourth consecutive Duck Invitational title...along with Welch's streak, the women's team will look to make it three in a row for the team title.
Same Tournament - Different Venue: The women will compete at the par 72, 6,103 yard Shadow Hills Country Club in Junction City, Ore...the last time the tournament was at Shadow Hills was in 2003...the 54-hole event will consist of 36 holes, Monday and 18 holes, Tuesday...both day's action begins with a shotgun start at 8 a.m...the men's tournament is at the par 72, 6,900 yard Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Ore...event will be 54 holes, 36 Monday and the final 18 Tuesday...format for both events are five player teams with the low four scores counting in each 18-hole round.
Women's Field: California, Fresno State, Idaho, Long Beach State, Nevada, Oregon, Oregon State, Portland, Portland State, San Diego State, San Francisco, Stanford, Washington, Washington State, Weber State, Western Washington, Wyoming.
Men's Field: Alabama-Birmingham, UC Riverside, Georgia Tech, Hawaii-Hilo, Long Beach State, Nevada, Oregon, Oregon State, Pacific, Pepperdine, Saint Mary's, San Diego State, San Jose State, Stanford, Washington, Washington State.
Welch's Duck Domination
Following is a synopsis of Kim Welch's performance at the Duck Invitational...Welch's three wins at the event have come on three different courses and have been by a combined 22 strokes.
Win No. 1 - March 29, 2002
As a freshman, captured three-shot victory at the at the par-72 5,975 yard Mallard Creek Golf Course in Lebanon, Ore...entered final round tied for second, trailing second-round leader Susannah Laing of the University of San Francisco by three strokes, but the Sacramento, Calif., native overcame the deficit with her final round effort of 70...steadily improved throughout the tournament, posting rounds of 74-72-70 for an even-par total of 216, three shots ahead of Washington's Lindsey Morgan...final round 70 tied for the tournament-low round in the 82-player field...victory earned Welch her first national honor as she received GolfWorld College Player of Week accolades.
Win No. 2 - March 11, 2003
Welch defended her Duck Invitational title in dominant fashion, and in the process led WSU to the team title, with a 14-stroke victory at the par-72, 5,953 yard Shadow Hills Golf Course in Junction City, Ore...three-round total of 209 tied the school record for lowest three-round tournament score...began the event with an opening round score of 70 before blistering the greens for a course record 4-under 68 in the second round and capping the 54-hole event with a 1-under 71 in the final round...by successfully repeating her individual title from last year, the sophomore became the first female golfer in WSU history to accomplish that feat...win earned Welch her second GolfWorld College Player of Week honor.
Win No. 3 - March 9, 2004
Welch was nearly as dominant in capturing her third consecutive Duck Invitational title at par-72, 5,968 yard Eugene Country Club...took home medalist honors by five strokes after entering the final round tied for the lead...shot a 1-under 71 over the final 18 holes, tied with teammate Maria Kostina for the lowest final round in the 51-person field...finished the 54-hole event with a 2-over 218 total and led the Cougars to their second consecutive team title...win earned Welch her third GolfWorld College Player of Week accolade.
Women Ranked In Top 30: The Cougars are No. 22 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings and No. 30 in the Golfstat ratings.
Welch Coming Off Win At Thompson Invitational: Welch claimed her 10th career victory with a win at the Donnis Thompson Invitational, March 16...captured her second consecutive triumph at the event with a 54-hole total of 235 (+19)...second win for Welch this spring (won Inland Cup, Feb. 14)...has not finished out of the top six in four tournaments during the spring.
Cougars Capture Team Title at Thompson Invite: Welch's victory at the Thompson spearheaded a 13-stroke win by the Cougars in the team competition...four Cougars finished in the top 13...Jay-Lee Longbottom was second, a stoke behind Welch...sisters Anastasia and Maria Kostina finished 11th and 13th respectively...win marked second consecutive team title for WSU...Cougars have not finished lower than second in the four tournaments the team has competed in thus far this spring.
Anastasia Kostina Ranked: Junior Anastasia Kostina is currently ranked No. 18 on the GolfWeek/Sagarin Performance Index, and No. 10 in the Golfstat Cup standings...Kostina has finished in the top 11 in all eight tournaments this season...recorded her first career tournament victory at the Stanford Pepsi Intercollegiate...three-round score of 5-under 205 at Stanford was the lowest three-round total in school history...was named GolfWeek Player of the Week, Oct. 23 for her performance at Stanford...also represented her home country of Russia at the Women's World Amateur Team Championships where she finished in eighth place.
Welch Preseason Accolades: Welch was named GolfWorld magazine No. 3 player on the 2004-05 "Top 50 Players to Watch" list in its Sept. 3 issue...Welch, who was a topic of a feature story in the magazine, made her second appearance on the list...was ranked as the No. 9 Player to Watch at the beginning of the 2003-04 season...was also named a GolfWeek Preseason All-American for the second consecutive year in the magazine's Sept. 4 issue...holds Washington State records for career tournament victories (10), the three best single season scoring averages in WSU history (73.9, 74.8, and 76.1), career top 10 finishes (28), career top 25 finishes (36), top 10 finishes in a season (9), and top 25 finishes in a season (11-twice).
Longbottom Making A Mark: Jay-Lee Longbottom's second place effort at the Thompson Invite was her second best finish of her career...was her ninth career top 10 finish...now has 21 top 25 career efforts...has been in the top 25 in the last four tournaments.
Cougars Host Pac-10 Championships: WSU will serve as host of the Pacific-10 Conference Men's Golf Championships, April 25-27 at the Walla Walla Country Club in Walla Walla, Wash...the 72-hole event will consist of 36 holes April 25 and 18 holes April 26 & 27.
First For Fern: Washington State redshirt junior David Fern captured his first career tournament victory, Feb. 14, at the Inland Cup at the Walla Walla Country Club...has finished in the top 26 in six of eight tournaments this season...Fern won the 103rd Pacific Northwest Amateur last summer, an event that Tiger Woods won in 1994...defeated Liam Kendregan 4 and 2 in the 36-hole final at the Overlake Golf & Country Club, July 17...also competed in the United States Amateur... fired a 10-under-par 134 over two rounds to win the U.S. Amateur qualifier at the Oregon Golf Association Golf Course, in Woodburn, Ore. The Woodburn, Ore., qualifier is one of 55 qualifiers held around the country...had 11 birdies and an eagle en route to winning the qualifier by one stroke.
Bryson Sets School Record At Boise: Ben Bryson recorded his first career tournament victory at the Boise State Bronco Round-up, Oct. 12 at the Boise Ranch Golf Course...his 54-hole total of 204 (-9) tied him with Dustin White for the lowest three-round total in school history...competed in the United States Amateur Public Links last summer...qualified for the championship after finishing first at the Reno, Nev. sectional qualifier June 22...shot a two round total of 145 at the Wolf Run Golf Course, winning the qualifier by two strokes...Reno, Nev. qualifier was one of 70 held around the country.
Cougars Win Inland Cup Title: The Cougars captured the Inland Cup team title for the seventh consecutive year with a nine-stroke victory over Idaho, Feb. 14 at the Walla Walla Country Club.