Senior (Fall 2004): Ranked third on GolfWorld's 2004-05 top 50 female players to watch list, Sept. 3, issue...2004-05 Golfweek Preseason All-American...tied for second at Notre Dame Invitational with a three-round score of 221 (+5)...marked 24th career top 10 finish, double that of the second place individual on the list (Tasha Browner)...finished tied for 20th at the Stanford Intercollegiate, her 32nd career top 25 finish...heads both the career top 10 and career top 25 lists.
Junior (2003-04): Selected to the National Golf Coaches Association All-America First Team...garnered All-Pacific-10 Conference First Team nod...led the nation with five wins...tallied four triumphs in a row during the spring...improved career tournament win total to eight... rated No. 8 in Golfstat Cup standings from April 7-May 5...highest a Cougar golfer (man or woman) has ever been ranked...ended year No. 13 in rankings...ended season No. 23 in Golfweek/Sagarin ratings...earned GolfWorld Player of the Week honors for its March 19 issue...third such honor bestowed to by the magazine...garnered Golfweek Player of the Week for the March 27 and April 17 issues of the publication...finished in the top 19 in all 11 tournaments played in during the 2003-04 season...dating back to the 2002-03 campaign, has finished in the top 19 in 15 consecutive tournaments...included in that stretch are 11 top 10 efforts and five wins. ...ended year holding school record with 30 career top 25 finishes...23 of those have been top 10 finishes, also a school record...began spring season with a 12-stroke win at the Islander Spring Classic in Corpus Christi, Texas, Feb. 17...Won the Oregon Duck Invitational for the third consecutive year, March 9...entered the final round tied for the lead and fired a final round 1-under 71 to capture the event by five shots...has won the event on three different courses...led team to title for second consecutive year... rallied from four shots down to win the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational, March 17...second consecutive win...fired a 1-under 71 to propel for a two-shot victory over a quartet of players...the 71, which tied for the best final round score in the 51-person field, culminated a 54-hole total of 3-over 219...the average final round score of the six players tied or ahead entering the final round was 77...captured third straight title of the spring with a three stroke victory at the Mountain View Collegiate at Tucson, Ariz., March 28...led wire-to-wire...first round of 70 was the lowest opening round score in the 89-person field... fourth consecutive title came at the Peg Barnard Collegiate, April 11...once again, rallied to win title...entered final round three shots from lead but fired a final round 4-under 68 to win by one-stroke...final round was lowest score in 73-person field.
Sophomore (2002-03): Finished fifth at NCAA Championships with an 11-over total of 299...shot rounds of 76-72-77-74 at the NCAAs...held the lead at one point in second round...despite a lost ball on hole No. 16, finished second round in sole possession of second...as a result of top five effort at the national championships, earned All-America accolades, the first WSU player to garner such an honor...tied for second at NCAA West Regional with a 3-under score of 213...one of only three players in 106-player field to break par...bested five players rated in the top 10 of the May 7 Golfstat Cup rankings...bettered 15 golfers ahead of her in the rankings...prior to second place finish at the NCAA West Regional, had already made an impression on the national collegiate golf scene...for the second time in career, earned national College Player of Week honors by GolfWorld magazine for its March 21 issue...received the honor as a result of 14-shot victory at the Oregon Duck Invitational, March 11 at Eugene, Ore...torched the par-72, 5,953 yard Shadow Hills Golf Course for a three round total of 209 (-7)...after posting an opening round score of 70, followed that with a course record 4-under 68 in the second round...capped the tournament with a final round 71 to successfully defend individual title from last year (which earned the first GolfWorld honor)...became the first female golfer in WSU history to capture a tournament title in back-to-back years...first career victory came in the fall of 2001 at the Vandal Invitational...ninth place effort at Pacific-10 Conference Championships was the best individual finish at the tournament in school history...final round 70 at the Pac-10s was the lowest round in the field in the final round...posted eight top 10 efforts and 11 top 24 finishes in 2002-03...holds the school's career mark for top 10 finishes at 14...honored for the second consecutive year with an all-conference award, being selected to the all-Pac-10 second team.
Freshman (2001-02): Earned an All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention selection to become the first freshman in school history to earn all-conference honors...posted two wins in debut season at Vandal Invitational in September and Duck Invitational in March...national recognition followed triumph at Duck Invitational in the form of College Player of the Week honors by GolfWorld magazine for its April 5 issue...fired a final round 2-under 70 to capture Duck Invite...final round tied for the tournament low in the 82-player field...fired a career-best 3-under 69 in the final round to capture Vandal Invite by two strokes in September...win at Vandal marked the first triumph by a Cougar in a tournament since 1998...rated with teammate Jay-Lee Longbottom as the nation's ninth-best freshmen class in Golfstat's freshmen class impact ranking...posted seven top 15 efforts including five in the top 10...sandwiched win at Duck Invite with eighth place finishes at Rainbow Invitational and Dixie Classic...tied for sixth in collegiate debut at Ram Fall Classic.
HIGH SCHOOL: Earned four varsity letters in golf as well as one in basketball at St. Francis High School...played on four Northern California State Championship (Nor Cal) teams and was named the metro league's most valuable player three times...placed fifth at Nor Cal and earned a place on the All-Metro League team as a freshman...earned Metro League MVP honors as a sophomore...recorded low score at Nor Cal, tying the record low round in leading her squad to the team state championship...San Francisco Amateur champion and played on Girl's Americas Cup team...earned All-Metro League team honors as a junior finishing eighth at state...high school All-American...runner-up at California Junior Amateur Championship...played on Girl's Americas Cup team for second consecutive season...garnered her second Metro League MVP honor as a senior...tied record low round score at state en route to earning individual state title honors...led team to the State championship.
PERSONAL: Born March 4, 1983 in Sacramento, Calif... parents Peter and Kazuko Welch...three brothers - David, Peter and Jack - and one sister, Margaret...majoring in psychology and minoring in sociology.
Career Statistics YEAR EVENTS ROUNDS STROKES AVG LOW TOP 10 TOP 25 2001-02 13 35 2664 76.1 69 6 7 2002-03 14 39 2919 74.8 68 9 11 2003-04 12 33 2439 73.9 68 8 12 2004-05 9 25 1897 75.9 70 6 7 Totals 48 132 9919 75.1 68 29 37
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