April 2, 2004
What's Happening This Week: The Washington State men's golf team head to Lompoc, Calif. for the Bite Pacific Coast Intercollegiate that takes place April 5-6 at the La Purisima Golf Course, a par 72 and 7,105 yard course...teams will shoot 36 holes Monday and the final 18 Tuesday for a total of 54...teams will tee off with a shotgun start at 8:00 a.m. both days.
The Field: All 18 teams are located West of the Rockies...the field consists of: Nevada, Hawaii, New Mexico State, UC Santa Barbara, Wyoming, Washington State, Utah, Utah State, San Jose State, UC Irvine, Pacific, Cal Poly, Santa Clara, Saint Mary's, UC Riverside, Cal State-Northridge, San Diego, and UC Davis.
WSU Men at the Bite Pacific Coast Intercollegiate: The Cougars make their first trip back to the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate since Coach Walt Williams' inaugural season at WSU in 1999 where they finished in 11th place.
Cougar Lineup: WSU is sending their 10th different lineup in 11 tournaments this season...the lineup includes Ryan Camp, Jordan Madison, Kevin Chen, Paul Knue, and Chad Carlson...Camp has played in 47 events throughout his WSU career while the other four combined have played in just 42.
Head Coach Walt Williams on Bite Pacific Coast Intercollegiate and Team: "This is going to be a great test for us against a lot of regional competition. We're continuing to show signs of improvement and making better decisions on the course. We just haven't found the right lineup yet. Paul Knue has been working hard and has done well in competition when he's gotten the chance. Ryan Camp is continuing to show that he is a very talented player and is consistently posting good rounds. Jordan Madison seems to be putting it back together while Kevin Chen also seems to be settling down and playing solidly. We are learning how to play well even when we don't have our best game. Any of these five have the potential to shoot a 65 at anytime. We just need to continue to gain more experience and confidence because we have the talent."
What Happened Last Week at the Sixth Annual Stevinson-Ranch Invitational: Ryan Camp recorded his 19th career top 25 finish by placing tied for 11th...Camp fired a 216 (72-71-73) to finish at even par...Jordan Madison finished tied for 34th...the team finished in 10th place with their best round of 291 (+3) coming in the second.
Young Guns: With three freshmen consistently playing in the scoring five for the Cougars, WSU is currently ranked 23rd in Golfstat's freshmen class impact national rankings...Chen recently fired the school record low round of 64 March 15 in the Bearkat Classic at Sam Houston.
Head Cougars: Coach Walt Williams is in his sixth year as head coach at WSU...in 2002, Williams was selected as Pac-10 Coach of the Year while leading his team to the NCAA West Regionals...Williams has helped four different golfers earn All Pac-10 honors and has had five different earn All Pac-10 Academic honors...assistant coach Heather Holte is in her third year at WSU...Holte played Pac-10 golf for the University of Oregon and graduated in 1997...she is now an amateur player at Oregon...Ryan Ressa has been added to the Cougar coaching staff as an assistant this year...Ressa played for WSU in the 2002-03 season.