Feb. 21, 2004
RICHLAND, Wash. - While the Washington State men's golf team captured their sixth consecutive Inland Collegiate championship, the Cougar women successfully defended last year's crown at the par 72 Horn Rapids golf course Saturday.
"The men played well for their first tournament of the Spring," said Head Coach Walt Williams. "Ryan Camp played phenomenal. He told me a couple of weeks ago that he wanted to win this one and he would be ready. He definitely showed that he was."
Camp led the men with a stellar 4-under 68 to win his first career tournament by three strokes over teammate and defending champion Chad Carlson, who finished second. Carlson birdied the final three holes of the 18-hole tournament to finish with a 1-under 71. Both scores were season lows for the two men.
As a team, the Cougar men fired a 291 to finish at 3-over and one stroke ahead of second place Idaho.
Jordan Madison shot a 3-over 75 and Kevin Chen carded a 77 (+5). Ben Bryson made his return to the Cougar lineup to shoot a 79 (+7). Adam Hober, Paul Knue, and Logan Toskey all competed as individuals. Hober shot a 3-over 75, while Knue finished with a 79 (+7). Toskey shot a score of 80 (+8) in his Cougar debut.
On the women's side, Jay-Lee Longbottom led the team to victory with her first career championship by firing an even par 72. Longbottom's 72 beat her previous career low round by one stroke. All-American Kim Welch finished in second place to record her fourth top 10 finish of the season with a 2-over 74.
The women fired a season low 306 (+18) to win easily. Their one round total bettered their previous low 308, that they shot in the first tournament last fall at the Northwest Invitational.
"The girls played awesome," said Williams. "They played beyond my expectations. With temperatures in the mid 40's and harsh wind, they were amazing. Jay-Lee played great. It was very exciting for her."
The women swing back into action Feb. 27 at Pinehurst, N.C. for the Pinehurst Challenge. The men have three more weeks to prepare for their next tournament at Huntsville, Texas, where they compete in the Bearkat Classic March 14.