Sept. 12, 2007
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State women's golf team made a statement in their first tournament of the 2007-08 season this week, recording a second place finish at the Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic, Tuesday. But former members of the squad are making some noise at the professional level as well, as Kim Welch (WSU '05) and Ana Kostina (WSU '06) each recorded their best career finishes on the Duramed LPGA Futures Tour, Sept. 9, at the ILOVENY Championship.
Welch's 1-under par, three-day total of 212 at the par 71, 6,120-yard Capitol Hills Golf Course in Albany, N.Y., was good for a third place tie. Kostina placed eighth, finishing the tournament at 1-over (214).
While at WSU, Welch was a two-time NGCA All-American and a four-time selection to the All-Pacific-10 Conference team. In 19 events on the Futures Tour this year, Welch made 15 cuts and posted five top 10s, including her finish at the ILOVENY Championships.
Kostina was also a two-time NGCA All-American and a three-time All-Pac-10 honoree. In 18 events this season on the Futures Tour, Kostina made 11 cuts and recorded two top 10s, including her finish at the last tournament.
The Duramed Futures Tour prepares the world's best young women professional golfers for a career on the LPGA tour. It is the most established and fastest growing women's developmental tour and has been around for 26 years. With a $100,000 purse, the ILOVENY Championship is one of 19 tournaments played throughout 2007-08.