March 24, 2004
PULLMAN, Wash. - No stranger to the limelight, All-American Kim Welch has earned yet another national honor by being named College Player of the Week by Golfweek Magazine in its March 27 issue.
Welch received this honor as a result of her triumph at the Dr. Donnis Thompson Rainbow Invitational, March 17, at Kaneohe, Hawaii.
Although the junior has received national College Player of the Week honors three times before from GolfWorld magazine, this is the first time that the Sacramento, Calif., native has received national accolades from Golfweek.
The win at Hawaii marked her second consecutive tournament victory, her third of the season, and sixth of her career.
Welch began the third and final round at 4-over, placing her in a tie for sixth and four shots behind leader Brooke Tull of TCU. However, on a day where players struggled with breezy conditions and fast greens, Welch fired a 1-under 71 to propel her to a two-shot victory over a quartet of players.
Welch's 71, which tied for the best final round score in the 51-person field, gave her a 54-hole total of 3-over 219. Conversely, the average final round score of the six players tied or ahead of Welch entering the final round was 77.
Welch, who posted a fifth place finish at the NCAA Championships last year, has posted no worse than a sixth place finish in her last six tournaments. She holds the school record with 26 career top 25 finishes, 21 of those being top 10 finishes, which is also a school record. Furthermore, Welch has finished in the top 19 in all eight tournaments played thus far in 2003-04.
Only a week earlier, Welch captured the crown for the third consecutive year to help lead the Cougars to their second straight victory at the Duck Invitational at the Eugene Country Club. Welch has now won the Duck Invitational on three separate courses. In 2001, she won at Mallard Creek and at Shadow Hills in 2002.
Welch and the Cougars return to action at the Mountain View Collegiate in Tucson, Ariz., March 27 & 28.