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Cougars Look To Continue With Their Success At Pinehurst Challenge
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 02/24/2004
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Feb. 24, 2004

What's Happening This Week: The Washington State women's golf team travels across country to tee up against some tough competition at the Pinehurst Challenge in Pinehurst, N.C. held at the Pinehurst No. 8 Golf Course...the three-day tournament will begin Friday Feb. 27, and play through Sunday, Feb. 29, with 18 holes of play each day.

The Field: The 18 team field will include: Appalachian State, Charleston Southern, Costal Carolina, College of Charleston, East Carolina, Georgia State, Jacksonville State, James Madison, Maryland, Memphis, UNC-Greensboro, UNC-Wilmington, Oregon, Penn State, Richmond, South Florida, Virginia, and Washington State University

Head Coach Walt Williams, On the Pinehurst Challenge and the Field: "We have not faced many of the teams in this field, but I definitely think that we have the ability to come out and compete well within this unfamiliar field."

Head Coach Walt Williams, On Kim Welch and Jay-Lee Longbottom: "Jay-Lee (Longbottom) and Kim (Welch) have been playing exceptionally well this spring. I expect Kim to place within the top 10, if not win, every tournament that we compete in, simply because she is that good of a player."

What Happened at the Inland Collegiate Challenge (Last Tournament): The women fired a season low 306 (+18) and successfully defended last year's crown ...Jay-Lee Longbottom earned her first career championship by firing an even par 72...Longbottom's 72 beat her previous career low round by one stroke...All-American Kim Welch finished in second place...Welch record her fourth top 10 finish of the season with a 2-over 74... Ashleigh Gilhuly finished in eighth place and fired her lowest round of the year (78)...Stephanie Parsley and Heather O'Leary both shot an 82 (+10) to tie for 12th.

Cougar Notes: Maria and Anastasia Kostina have been cleared to play by the NCAA and are eligible for competition effective immediately...Junior Kim Welch is currently tied with Jennifer Dodd for the top spot for top 25 career finishes (24)...Junior Jay-Lee Longbottom currently sits in fifth place on the all time top 25 career finishes at 14...the women's team won the Inland Collegiate consecutively the past two years, and once in 2000...the men's team recently captured their sixth consecutive Inland Collegiate championship.

Leading the Pack: Junior Kim Welch was selected as a 2003-04 Preseason All-American by Golfweek magazine... ranked ninth on the Top 50 female players to watch list for the 2003-04 season by GolfWorld magazine in its Sept. 12 issue... finished fifth at the 2003 NCAA Championships with an 11-over total of a result of her finish at the NCAAs, she earned a National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) All-American accolades, the first WSU player to garner such an honor... named a 2003 All-Pac-10 second team selection...ranked No. 40 by Golfstat in its 2003 final rankings... earned national College Player of Week honors by GolfWorld magazine for its March 21, 2003 issue...College Player of the Week honors by GolfWorld magazine for its April 5, 2002 issue...earned an All-Pac-10 honorable mention selection in 2002 to become the first freshman in school history to earn all-conference honors...rated as the nation's ninth best freshmen class in Golfstat's freshmen class impact ranking.

Head Cougars: Head coach Walt Williams is currently in his sixth season with the 2002, he led the women's team to a Top 10 finish at the NCAA West Regionals along with a finish in the Top 25 at the NCAA National Championship...three different golfers have been named All Pac-10 under the coaching of Williams...assistant coach Heather Holte is currently in her third season at WSU...Holte played golf at the University of Oregon, where she competed at the NCAA Regionals in 1995 and 1996...Holte is an amateur player at Oregon
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