March 18, 2003
What's Happening This Week: The Washington State women's golf team looks to make it four consecutive wins to start out the spring at the Bruin Classic at Santa Clarita, Calif. Mar. 24-26...the first round will begin at 8 a.m. Monday, Mar. 24, followed by the second round at 8 a.m. Tuesday, and finally the last 18 holes on Wednesday at 8 a.m....WSU faces seven other Pac-10 schools at the Bruin Classic, and eight teams in the Top 25.
Field: The 19-team field will consist of UCLA, New Mexico, Oregon State, Northridge, San Francisco, California, Pepperdine, Texas Tech, Portland State, UC-Irvine, USC, Washington, Oregon, Long Beach State, BYU, Stanford, New Mexico State, San Jose State, and Washington State.
Head Coach Walt Williams On The Bruin Classic: "This is a really strong field and the teams playing at this tournament are all teams either in, or vying for a spot at Regionals. The women are way better than in the fall, and our seeding doesn't really represent that, so I would like to see us finish in the Top 12. Eight of these teams are in the Top 25 and if we could finish anywhere in the Top 8, I would be very pleased. We should play with a lot of confidence."
Last Week At The Duck Invite: Kim Welch defended her title in impressive fashion as the Washington State women's golf team dominated the field and captured its third consecutive victory of the spring at the Duck Invitational... Welch torched the Par-72, 5,953 yard Shadow Hills Golf Course for a three round total of 209 tying Tasha Browner's record mark set Sept. 11-12, 2000 at Ptarmigan C.C., at Fort Collins, Colo...Welch started out with an opening round score of 70 before blistering the greens for a course record 4-under 68 in the second round...Welch won the individual crown by 14 strokes and successfully repeated her individual title from last year becoming the first female golfer in WSU history to accomplish that feat...The Cougars as a team destroyed the 12-team field, winning by 18 stokes over second place San Diego State...The victory makes it the first time in WSU women's golf history that a team has won three straight tournaments...The first round team score of 295 broke the old scoring mark of 296 at the NCAA West Regional at Stanford, Calif., May 11, 2002, and the final score of 896 replaces the 898 at the Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic, Sept. 10-11, 2001...Maria Kostina continued her three tournament streak of Top 3 finishes, placing third at 10-over (75-77-74, 226), followed by Jay-Lee Longbottom at a tie for sixth (76-75-77, +12), Katharine Dorris at a tie for 18th (74-79-80, +17), and Stephanie Parsley tying for 29th (79-79-80, +22)...Competing as an individual, Ashleigh Gilhuly finished in a tie for 36th (78-78-84, +24) to round out the Cougar contingent.
Marking the Scorecard: WSU moved up 21 spots and now ranks 68th as a team according to the Golfweek/Sagarin performance index ...the Cougars are ranked 71st in the Div. I head-to-head rankings on Golfstat.com...Kim Welch ranks 106th in the Golfweek/Sagarin individual performance index...Jay-Lee Longbottom is ranked sixth in the nation with a 91.8 percent rate of fairways hit according to Golfstat.com...WSU is one of the 25 national teams to have impact freshman contributing to its squad with two freshman in the Top 5 (Ashleigh Gilhuly and Stephanie Parsley) according to golfstat.com.
Sq-Welch-ing The Competition: Welch has been on a tear and already has matched her total Top 10 and Top 25 finishes for all of last year...Welch has finished in the Top 5 in six of the eight tournaments the Cougars have played in this year...Welch is just one Top 10 finish away from breaking the career record set by Tasha Browner at 12...Welch has lowered her scoring average by nearly two full strokes (76.1 to 74.2) from last season...Welch is ranked 44th toward the Women's Golfstat Cup, up 20 spots from the precious tournament, for the award given to the best female golf performers by golfstat.com....Welch is ranked fifth in the nation for Par 4 scoring at 4.10.
From Russia With Love: In her first three events as a Cougar, Kostina has not finished out of the Top 3 with a tie for second at the Inland Collegiate, a second place finish at the Lady Moc Classic, and a third place finish at the Duck Invite...Kostina is ranked 144th in the Golfweek/Sagarin individual performance index...Kostina comes to the Cougars after having been one of the most successful Russian golfers over the last few years...Kostina was recognized by Golf Digest Magazine as "The Best Russian Golfer" in 1999, 2001, and 2002.
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