May 30, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. - The National Golf Coaches Association named Washington State University's Anastasia Kostina an Honorable Mention All-American for the second consecutive year at the Division I Women's College Golf banquet Friday, May 26, in Columbus, Ohio.
Kostina becomes only the second WSU golfer, man or woman, to be named an All-American (Kim Welch). In addition, her selection marks the fourth consecutive year that WSU has been represented on the NGCA All-American Team. Welch earned All-American accolades in 2003 with an honorable mention selection and as a first team pick in 2004, while Kostina garnered the honor in 2005. Kostina's All-American selection follows up her second team All-Pacific-10 Conference honor last month.
"I am very proud and excited for Ana," said Coach Walt Williams. "Not only is it an honor to be named once, but to be named an All-American twice is incredible. It is a great accomplishment for both her and Cougar golf."
The Nakhabino, Russia native's season was one for the record books as she garnered 12 consecutive top-25 finishes, with nine being in the top 10. Her efforts tied her for first in several categories, including top 10 season (9), career top 10 finishes (20), and top 25 season finishes (12). In addition, the two-time All-American is second with top 25 career finishes (28) in the Cougar record books.
While she made her mark on the Cougar record books, she also left a lasting impression at the Stanford Golf Course in true Cougar fashion as she shot a 66 to tie the course record during the second round of the Stanford Pepsi Intercollegiate, Oct. 22. The score not only marked her career low single round score but tied the Washington State record for single round score held by Kim Welch, which was previously set at the same course earlier that year.
The National Golf Coaches Association, founded in 1983, is a non-profit organization representing women's collegiate golf coaches. The NGCA was formed to encourage the playing of college golf for women in correlation with a general objective of education and in accordance with the highest tradition of intercollegiate competition. Today, the NGCA represents over 350 programs throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.