March 21, 2003
PULLMAN, Wash. - For the second time in her young collegiate career, Washington State women's golfer Kim Welch has been recognized with a national honor by GolfWorld magazine.
Welch, who captured national recognition by earning College National Player of Week accolades from GolfWorld last spring, earned the same award for the March 21 issue of the magazine.
The sophomore from Sacramento, Calif., received the honor by virtue of her 14-shot victory at the Oregon Duck Invitational, March 11 at Eugene, Ore.
"Kim Welch is an awesome player who is very deserving of this honor after her performance at the Duck Invitational," Head Coach Walt Williams said. "Kim continues to get stronger and better every day. I am very pleased for her and for the recognition it brings to WSU women's golf."
Welch torched the par-72, 5,953 yard Shadow Hills Golf Course for a three round total of 209 (-7). After posting an opening round score of 70, Welch followed that with a course record 4-under 68 in the second round.
She capped the tournament with a final round 71 to successfully defend her individual title from last year (which earned her the first GolfWorld honor). By doing so, Welch became the first female golfer in WSU history to capture a tournament title in back-to-back years.
Welch has finished in the top five in six of the Cougars' eight tournaments this season. She is currently 44th in the Golfstat Cup rankings and has lowered her scoring average by nearly two full strokes (76.1 to 74.2) from last season. In addition, she is ranked fifth in the nation for Par 4 scoring at 4.10.