Nov. 28, 2000
Pullman, Wash. --- New Zealand native Natalie Bratkowski and Kim Welch of Sacramento, Calif., have signed national letters of intent to play golf for Washington State University.
"The two young women we signed are going to take us to the next step in women's collegiate golf," head coach Walt Williams said. "I couldn't be more excited."
Bratkowski earned the HR Buchanan Trophy, which honors the top junior golfer in New Zealand, in 1998 and 2000. Bratkowski also placed second in the Champion of Champions tournament in Murawai Beach, New Zealand, which features the winners of the countries major amateur events. The 18-year-old has already graduated from Lynfield College in her hometown of Auckland and Williams expects the Kiwi to contribute immediately.
"Natalie has had a spectacular junior career in New Zealand and Australia. She should be an impact player for us as soon as she sets foot on campus," Williams said.
Welch, who attends Saint Francis High School in Sacramento, also comes to WSU with impressive credentials. Welch played on four Northern California State Championship teams and was named the league's most valuable player three times. She was ranked 23rd in the latest National Junior Golf Scoreboard and placed second at the National Open High School Championship last June.
"Kim is a great junior player," Williams said. "Her win in the Nor-Cal State Championship is huge. She will be capable of contributing right away, as well."
Both players are expected to join the team next August.