February 18, 1999
PULLMAN, Wash. - If last fall's scores are any indication, look for continued improvement for the Washington State women's golf team. During the fall season, the Cougar women dropped four strokes off last year's average.
Senior Stefanie Coleman (Tacoma, Wash.) is expected to lead the way for the Cougs. While playing in only four of the six fall tournaments, she posted a 78.2 stroke average, the best on the women's team. Coleman, a Green River Community College transfer, was named the 1998 Pacific Northwest Women's Amateur Player of the Year.
"Stefanie is undoubtedly one of the top players in the conference," said head coach Walt Williams. "Her hard work and dedication have paid off for her this year."
Not far behind Coleman is sophomore Jennifer Dodd (Portland, Ore.), posting a fall stroke average of 78.4 after six tournaments. Strong performances by Dodd and junior Jenny Ballou (Portland, Ore., 80.3), including two top-25 finishes this fall from each, give the Cougar women the balance they need to have a successful 1999.
Freshmen Carmel Sielicki (Modesto, Calif., 81.1), Tasha Browner (Tarzana, Calif., 81.3) and Raphael Garstecki (Milwaukee, Wis., 82.3) round out the crowd of new faces. Coach Williams has high expectations for these freshmen and hopes their fall season experience translates into solid performances this spring.
"If the freshmen step-up and continue improving, and Coleman and Dodd stay strong, we will definitely have a chance to make a showing throughout our tough upcoming schedule," Williams said.
The WSU women's spring tournament schedule will pit them against some of the best teams in the country.
"We will have practice hard and stay positive," Williams said. "This schedule will only make our team better."
The women's 1999 spring schedule begins when the Cougars travel to Los Angeles, Calf. on Feb. 22-24 to compete in the Pioneer Electric Bruin Classic, hosted by UCLA.