Golf Cards Record-Setting Season In 2001-02
June 13, 2002
If the Washington State men's and women's golf team 2001-02 season could be condensed in an 18-hole round, the Cougars would have scored in the red (crimson, that is) on every hole.
Following is a hole-by-hole recap of the 2001-02 season:
1. For the second time in three years the women's team earned a bid to the NCAA West Regional. Take into account Tasha Browner's individual selection in 2001 and the Cougars have been represented in the NCAA Tournament for three consecutive years.
2. The men's team gained a selection to the NCAA West Regional marking the first time that the Cougar men's golf program has been represented in the NCAA's.
3. Dustin White received College Player of the Week honors from Golfworld for the March 15 issue of the magazine. The junior from Pueblo West, Colo., earned the national honor by virtue of his seven-shot individual victory at the Coastal Carolina Invitational at Myrtle Beach, S.C., March 5. In recording his first career win, White bested a field that featured six golfers ranked in the top 50 in the Golfstat poll.
4. Not to be outdone by her male counterpart, freshman Kim Welch captured national recognition by garnering College Player of Week accolades from Golfworld in the magazine's April 5 issue. Welch earned the honor by virtue of her three-shot victory at the Oregon Duck Invitational, March 29.
5. Welch captured two victories in 2001-02. Along with her triumph at the Duck Invitational, the Sacramento, Calif., native captured the Lady Vandal Fall Invitational, Oct. 2. The win at the Vandal Invite marked the first triumph by a Cougar in a tournament since Kelly Wilson achieved the feat at the Lady Lumberjack Invitational in 1998.
6. White and Welch, along with senior Jon Reehoorn, earned all-conference selections as White received a first team nod and Reehoorn was a second team pick. Welch earned an honorable mention selection. With the honor, Welch became the first freshman in WSU women's golf history to be named to the all-conference team.
7. Reehoorn also was a PING All-Pacific Region team selection, which honored the Burlington, Wash., native as one of the top 15 players in the Pacific region for outstanding play during the 2001-02 season.
8. Reehoorn completed his Washington State golf career in style with a school record dozen top-25 finishes in addition to posting a 72.0 scoring average in 2001-02, the best single season mark in school history. In addition, Reehoorn ended his career at WSU with a school record 14 and 28 career top-10 and top-25 finishes, respectively.
9. At the NCAA West Regional, Reehoorn started his second round with three consecutive birdies, which briefly placed him in a tie for the tournament lead at three under par.
10. The Cougars were ranked sixth in the nation in par 4 scoring (4.14), and were ninth in par 5 scoring (4.80), according to Golfstat. Individually, Reehoorn was fourth in total short game (.671). In the Golfstat Cup rankings, Reehoorn and White ended the season ranked 50th and 51st in the nation, respectively.
11. In the 14 tournaments where the Cougar men's team competed during the 2001-02 season, WSU finished in the top-five in 11. Included in those top-five efforts were three victories: an 18-stroke win at the Coastal Carolina Invitational, March 5; a victory at the Inland Collegiate Challenge, Feb. 18, marking the fourth consecutive victory by the Cougars in that tournament; and a win at the Vandal Fall Invitational, Sept. 25.
12. Three individuals captured medalist honors on the men's side in 2001-02 (Isaac Woods (E), Inland Collegiate Challenge, Feb. 18; Dustin White (-12) Coastal Carolina Invitational, March 5; Jon Reehoorn (-10) Duck Invitational, March 26).
13. In the morning's opening round of the University of Nevada Wolf Pack Classic, Oct. 9, WSU recorded a score of 270, shattering the previous single round team scoring record of 276 set in 1998 and 2001. In that record opening round in Nevada, all five Cougars - Jon Reehoorn (66), Dustin White (67), Ryan Camp (68), Isaac Woods (69), and Jeremy Taylor (69) - posted scores in the 60's.
14. White ended the 2001-02 campaign with a school record eight top-10 finishes. The junior began the season with 11 consecutive top-24 efforts.
15. The tandem of Welch and freshman teammate Jay-Lee Longbottom was ranked as the nation's ninth best freshmen class according to Golfstat's freshmen class impact ranking.
16. With five top-10 finishes in 2001-02, senior Tasha Browner finished her career with 12 top-10 finishes. That placed the Tarzana, Calif., native at the pinnacle of WSU's all-time list in that category.
17. The 296 total by the Cougar women's team in the final round of the NCAA West Regional, May 11 established a school record for single round team score. The previous record was 297 at the Ram Fall Classic, Sept. 11, 2001, the Cougars' first tournament of the season.
18. Leading the program's individual and team accomplishments was coach Walt Williams, who was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year.