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Cougars Fly South To Defend Their Title At Duck Invitational
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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 03/05/2004
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March 5, 2004

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What's Happening This Week: The Washington State women's golf team flies down to Oregon to defend its title at the Duck Invitational in Eugene, Ore...the 54 hole tournament will be held at the par 72, 5,968 yard Eugene Country Club...the two day tournament will begin Monday, March 8, with a shotgun start at 8:00a.m.with 36 holes of play and end Tuesday, March 9, with the final round of 18.

The Field: The nine team field will include: Idaho, British Columbia, Cal State Northridge, Long Beach State, Oregon, Portland, Portland State, Santa Clara, and Washington State.

Aces In The Hole: The five player rotation consists of Kim Welch, Jay-Lee Longbottom, both Anastasia and Maria Kostina, and Stephanie Parsley...Sophomore Ashleigh Gilhuly and Redshirt Freshman Heather O'Leary will also make the trip down to Oregon to compete as individuals...in previous years, the Cougars have competed in this tournament at Shadow Hills Country Club and Mallard Creek Golf Course... this is the first time the women have played at the Eugene Country Club.

Sq-Welch-ing The Competition: In 2002, Kim Welch fired a final round 70 to capture the Oregon Duck Invitational by three strokes earning her College Player of the Week honors by GolfWorld magazine for its April 5, 2002 issue...the following year, Welch won the individual crown by 14 strokes and successfully repeated her individual title from the year before becoming the first female golfer in WSU history to accomplish that feat ...this victory earned her national College Player of Week honors by GolfWorld magazine for its March 21, 2003 issue.

WSU Women At The Duck Invitational: In 2003 the Cougars dominated the 12-team field and came out victorious finishing 12 shots ahead of the second place team...WSU set two school records: the first round 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.

Head Coach Walt Williams, On The Duck Invitational And His Expectations: "This should prove to be a tournament with some good competition, but I am confident that we'll play well in this field. In fact, I'm hoping that we go down and repeat and that Kim (Welch) will three-peat."

What Happened at the Pinehurst Challenge (Last Tournament): The 2004 Pinehurst Challenge, originally scheduled to begin Friday at the Pinehurst No. 8 Golf Course in Pinehurst, NC, was cancelled due to inclement weather late last week that dumped several inches of snow on the course...the accumulation of snow was too great to attempt to get the tournament underway Saturday or Sunday.

Leading the Pack: Junior Kim Welch is currently ranked No. 31 by Golfstat in its Women's Cup Rankings...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 299...as 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 Cougars...in 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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