April 21, 2006
What's Happening This Week: The Washington State men's golf team will be traveling to Palm Desert, Calif., April 24-26 for the Pacific-10 Championships hosted by the University of Southern California at the par-71, 7,009 yard Canyons Course at the Bighorn Golf Club...live scoring will be available online at www.golfstat.com.
Scoring Format: Teams will play 36 holes Monday and 18 both Tuesday and Wednesday for a total of 72...twosomes will start off at holes 1 and 10 at 7:30 a.m. PDT...the low five scores from a team of six players will count towards the team total.
The Field: The 10-team field includes eight teams ranked in the Golfweek/Sagarin top 100: UCLA (5), Arizona State (7), Arizona (26), USC (20), Washington (30), Stanford (40), Washington State (88), California (99), Oregon, and Oregon State.
Traveling for the Cougars: Six Cougars will be traveling south this week: junior Chris Collins, redshirt junior Jordan Madison, sophomore Jordan Mason, and senior Ryan Witz will definitely travel while the remaining two spots are still undecided at this time.
Last Time Out: U.S. Intercollegiate: Senior Ryan Witz posted a two round score of 8-over 148 to finish tied for 23rd at the U.S. Intercollegiate presented by The Maple Fund, April 15-16, at the par-70, 6,742 yard Stanford Golf Course...Witz's finish marks his fifth top-25 effort out of the six spring tournaments...junior Chris Collins carded scores of 75-78 to place tied for 50th while redshirt junior Jordan Madison shot a 14-over 154 which landed him knotted at 54th...sophomore Jordan Mason and redshirt sophomore Matt Fladwood tied for 63rd and 79th, respectively...the Cougars finished the tournament tied for 12th after posting a two-round total score of 609 (+49)...torrential rains cancelled the third and final round of the tournament making Saturday's scores the official results.
Last Year at the Pac-10 Championships: Washington State hosted the event held at the par-71, 6,606 yard Walla Walla Country Club at Walla Walla, Wash....sophomore Kevin Chen led the Cougars with a four-round total of 289 (+5) which landed him knotted at 25th...freshman Jordan Mason also made an impact as he nabbed his second best finish of the year tying for 28th at 6-over 290...junior Ryan Witz and redshirt junior David Fern each finished in the top 40 as they tied for 33rd and 38th, respectively...sophomore Chris Collins rounded out the Cougar crew with a 13-over 297 that landed him tied for 45th...the Cougars as a team placed 9th.
Witz Wins Duck Invite: Senior Ryan Witz grabbed his first career victory at the Duck Invitational held at the par-72, 6,807 Shadow Hills Country Club at Junction City, Ore...Witz led the Cougars to a fourth place finish at 10-over 874...Witz climbed into the top spot during the second round and held his ground throughout the final 18 holes to finish at 5-under 211...junior Chris Collins placed tied for 20th...seventh top 25 effort of the year...sophomore Jordan Mason climbed 38 spots during the final 36 holes to finish knotted at 31st...redshirt junior Jordan Madison and redshirt senior David Fern finished tied for 36th and 57th, respectively.
Cougars Continue to Climb: Junior Chris Collins' 20th place finish at the Duck Invite moved him into a three-way tie for eighth on WSU's list of career top-25 finishes with ten...redshirt junior Jordan Madison's ninth place finish at the Washington National Championship moved him one finish closer to third place on WSU's list of career top-10 finishes...sits in sole possession of fourth with 10...now has 15 top-25 efforts moving him into a two-way tie for sixth on WSU's list of career top-25 finishes.
Cougars Caddy For Katrina: Ten Washington State golfers traveled to Seattle, Wash., Oct. 30, to take part in the "Golf for the Gulf" charity event sponsored by the Seattle based golf radio show "Tee It Up" on KJR Sports Talk 950AM. The Cougars volunteered as caddies for the event, which raised $8,500 for the Rural Health Clinic of Bayou Le Batre, Ala. The clinic, located just 27 miles south of Mobile, Ala., was wiped out when Hurricane Katrina sent a 25-foot storm surge through Bayou Le Batre. The proceeds from the tournament went directly to the health clinic's restoration efforts.
Washington State Men's Golf Notes:
--Washington State University is currently ranked 90th by Golfstat, Inc. and 88th by Golfweek.
--Junior Chris Collins has finished in the top 25 in seven of the season's ten tournaments including four top-10 efforts...has ten total top-25 finishes and five career top 10s since transferring to WSU in 2004.
--Senior Ryan Witz has finished in the top 25 in five of the six spring tournaments, including four top-10 efforts...Witz took the first place honor at the Duck Invite, March 27-28...two sixth place efforts at the Thunderbird Invite and the Inland Cup...ninth place finish at the Washington Winter Championship and a 23rd place tie at the U.S. Intercollegiate.
--The Cougar's fourth place finish at the Duck Invite marks their sixth top-5 finish of the season...took the title at the Inland Cup, Feb. 27...placed second at the Washington Winter Championship...three came during the five fall tournaments: Northwest Collegiate (T3rd), Cardinal Intercollegiate (3rd) and the Del Walker Intercollegiate (3rd).