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Kim Welch Swings Into Top Spot At Spring Season Opener
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Release: 02/17/2004
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Feb. 17, 2004

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Washington State's All-American Kim Welch dominated the competition by posting a 12-shot victory at the Islander Spring Classic on the par-72, 6,023 yard Rockport Country Club Golf Course, Tuesday.

Welch, who shot a season low 70 during Monday's first round, finished the tournament with a 54-hole total of 217 (+1). Welch, who already owns the record for career top 10 finishes (18), recorded her 23rd top 25 career finish and sits just one finish away from tying the top 25 career finishes currently held by Jennifer Dodd (24).

Welch, along with the help of a top 10 finish by junior Jay-Lee Longbottom, led the pack of Cougars to a second place team finish. Longbottom who finished in a tie for seventh, moved in for a tie for fifth on the school's all time list for career top 10 finishes with six.

Sophomore Stephanie Parsley finished at 18th, while sophomore Ashleigh Gilhuly made her season debut with a finish at 22nd. Redshirt freshman Heather O'Leary finished knotted in a tie at 23rd to round out the Cougar contingent.

The Cougars return to action Saturday, February 21 at the Inland Collegiate Classic.

Islander Spring Classic
Feb. 16-17, 2004
Par 72, 6,023 yards
Rockport Country Club, Corpus Christi, Texas
Final Results

WSU Results: 1. Kim Welch (70-76-71 - 217, +1), T7. Jay-Lee Longbottom (84-78-78 - 240, + 24), 18. Stephanie Parsley (80-88-84 - 252, + 36), 22. Ashleigh Gilhuly (82-93-82 - 257, + 41), T23. Heather O'Leary (83-88-87 - 258, + 42)

Team Results: 1. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (320-321-317; 958), 2. WSU (315-330-315; 960), T3. Texas State (325-324-336; 985), T3. Wichita State (315-343-327; 985), 5. Northern Iowa (328-331-331; 987), 6. Sam Houston State (344-343-327; 1014), 7. Lamar (343-360-349; 1052)

Top Five Individuals: 1. Kim Welch, WSU, (70-76-71 - 217, + 1), 2. Ashley Kelley, Texas State, (76-76-77 - 229, +13), 3. Ashlie Simmons, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (79-78-74 - 231, +15), 4. Catalina Guacaneme, Wichita State (78-78-78 - 234, +18), 5. Alessandra Perez Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, (78-81-78 - 237, + 21)

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