March 27, 2002
On The Tee This Week:
At Duck Invitational
Mallard Creek Golf Course
Par 71, 5,975 yards
This Week: The Washington State women's golf team continues its spring season this week with the Oregon Duck Invitational, March 28-29 at the par-71, 5,975 yard Mallard Creek Golf Course in Lebanon, Ore. The 54-hole tournament consists of 36 holes Thursday, March 28 with the final round taking place Friday, March 29.
The Field:The Cougars will part of a 15-team field that includes Colorado, Oregon, San Jose State, Washington, Colorado State, Montana State, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon State, San Francisco, Minnesota, BYU, San Diego State and Boise State.
As a team, the Cougars finished in sixth place with a score of 949, three shots behind fifth place Kent State, which was ranked No. 31 by Golfstat heading into the tournament. WSU completed the event 14 shots ahead of seventh place Princeton.
In addition, the Cougars, who were ranked No. 97 in the nation by Golfstat, bettered three teams ahead of them in the Golfstat rankings (No. 72 Texas El Paso, No. 84 Portland, and No. 92 Princeton). Oklahoma State captured the team title with a score of 908.
Browner and Welch finished the event at 230 (+14), eight shots behind tournament champion Emma Zackrisson of Oklahoma State. Entering the final round in a tie for 20th, Welch secured her top-10 placing by firing a tournament-low 71 over the closing 18 holes. It was Welch's fourth top-10 effort this season.
Tied for 11th heading into the final 18 holes, Browner carded a final round 74 to break into the top-10 for her school record 11th time.
Moving Up The Rankings: WSU's sixth place finish at the Rainbow Invitational moved the Cougars up from No. 97 to No. 89 in this week's Golfstat Cup rankings.
Fabulous Freshman: Freshman Kim Welch has posted five top-14 efforts thus far this season. The Sacramento, Calif., native captured a victory at the Lady Vandal Fall Invitational, Oct. 2., and a sixth place finish at the Ram Fall Classic, Sept. 11. In addition, Welch completed the Oregon State Shanico Golf Invitational in a tie for 14th place, Oct. 10. Welch began the spring season with a fifth place effort at the Inland Collegiate, Feb. 18 and then tied for eighth at the Rainbow Invite, March 20. The win at the Lady Vandal Invite marked the first triumph by a Cougar in a tournament since Kelly Wilson achieved the feat at the Lady Lumberjack Invitational in 1998.
Browner Tops All-Time List: With four top-10 finishes this season, senior Tasha Browner has increased her total number of career top-10 finishes to 11. That has placed the Tarzana, Calif., native at the pinnacle of WSU's all-time list in that category. Browner entered the fall season sharing the record, which stood at seven, with Jill A. Johnson (1988-91) and Erin Johnsrud (1989-90). Browner staked her claim to sole possession of the record with a third place effort at the Ram Fall Classic, Sept. 11 and a fourth place finish at the Lady Vandal Classic, Oct. 2. Browner began the spring campaign with a third place finish at the Inland Collegiate, Feb. 18 and posted her fourth top-10 finish of the season with an eighth place effort at the Rainbow Invite, March 20.
Record Breaking Effort: The Cougars set a team scoring record in their first tournament of the fall season. The team's final round score of 297 at the Ram Fall Classic, Sept. 11 set the school record for lowest single-round team score. The Cougars broke the previous record of 298 set a year ago to the day at the same tournament. The record-breaking final round gave the Cougars a three-round total of 898, setting the mark for the lowest three-round team score. The previous mark was 900 set at the Ram Fall Classic, Sept. 12.
WSU Career Top 10 Finishes
1. Tasha Browner 11
2. Erin Johnsrud 7
Jill A. Johnson 7