April 23, 2004
PULLMAN, Wash. - Junior Kim Welch has nearly re-written the Washington State women's golf record book as her list of accomplishments and awards continues to grow with every tournament she plays.
For the second time this spring, the All-American earned a Player of the Week honor by Golfweek Magazine in its April 17 issue. Welch received her first Golfweek honor only a month earlier in its March 24 issue.
Along with receiving player of the week honors, Welch was named a 2004 All-Pacific-10 Conference First team selection, April 21.
The most recent honor from Golfweek, came as a result of her triumph at the Peg Barnard California Collegiate, April 11, at Stanford, Calif., where she shot her lowest single round score (68) of the season.
"This award is just another indication of what an amazing player Kim is," Washington State Head Coach Walt Williams said. "She has played well all season and these honors are rewards for all of her hard work."
The Sacramento, Calif. native's victory at the Peg Barnard California Collegiate marks her fifth win of the spring season and her eighth career triumph.
Welch, who is currently ranked No. 8 by Golfstat in its Women's Cup Rankings, dominated the 73-person field as she shot the lowest score of the tournament firing four-under in the final round. Welch finished the 36-hole tournament at 2-under 142 at the par 72, 6,159 yard Stanford Golf Course.
Welch, who posted a fifth place finish at the NCAA Championships last year, holds the school record with 29 career top 25 finishes, 23 of those being top 10 finishes, which is also a school record. Furthermore, Welch has finished in the top 19 in all 11 tournaments played this season, including a top 15 finish at the 2004 Pac-10 Conference Championships.
In addition to becoming the first player to earn multiple college player of the week honors, two from Golfweek and three from GolfWorld, Welch became the first female golfer to be named to the All-Pac-10 First Team, and only the second golfer in school history to garner such an honor (Dustin White, 2002).
"Being named to the All-Pac-10 First Team is a tremendous honor for Kim," Williams said. "With six Pac-10 teams and seven players being ranked among the top 25 in the nation, for her to be named to the first team, it really shows the amount of strength she has. She has continued to play well and has proved that she is more than deserving to earn this honor."
However, Welch isn't the only Cougar receiving national recognition on the course. Sophomore Anastasia Kostina earned an All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention selection after finishing in the top 15 at the Pac-10 Championship held at the par 72, 6,405 yard Saticoy Country Club in Somis, Calif., Wednesday.
"This is quiet an accomplishment for Anastasia to be named an All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention," Williams said. "It proves that she is an amazingly talented player and that there are a number of people who truly have respect for her game."
Kostina, a native of Nakhabino, Russia joined the Cougars this fall to play along side of her older sister Maria. Kostina, who tied with teammate Kim Welch for 14th place at the Pac-10 Championships, sits second to Welch (73.9) for having the lowest scoring average on the team (76.7). In addition to her top 15 finish at the Pac-10 Championships, Kostina garnered four other top 25 finishes, with three of those being in the top 10.