Cougars Play Final Practice Round At NCAA Championships

May 19, 2003

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - On a day that began hazy but ended warm and sunny, the Washington State women's golf team received its final rehearsal for the NCAA Championships, Monday at the par 72, 6,300 yard Kampen Course at the Birck Boilermaker Complex.

Now the curtain to the Cougars' NCAA production goes up for real beginning with Tuesday's first round. WSU will be one of the first teams in the 24-team field to tee off. The Cougars begin the national championships on the 10th hole when Ashleigh Gilhuly tees off at 8:10 a.m. Central Standard Time.

Following are Tuesday's first round tee times for Washington State at the 10th hole:

8:10 a.m. - Ashleigh Gilhuly
8:20 a.m. - Stephanie Parsley
8:30 a.m. - Jay-Lee Longbottom
8:40 a.m. - Maria Kostina
8:50 a.m. - Kim Welch

Rain is expected throughout the day, Tuesday with highs in the mid-60's. The weather is expected to clear Wednesday and Thursday with possible thunderstorms rolling in, Friday.


Kim Welch

(on the second practice round) 'I did what I wanted to do today. I didn't really putt at all today, just chipped a lot.'

(on if the rough on the course is penalizing) 'Not very. If you have a long iron into the hole it will be tough to get it on the green. But if I am going to be in the rough I'll probably have 7-iron or less, which won't be too hard.'

(on if the course plays to her strength) 'I think if I play smart, yes. I don't think it is necessarily smart to hit driver on every hole just so I will have inside of 100 yards. Even if I hit a lesser club I'll still have a wedge into the green.'

(on her overall impression of the two practice rounds) 'I really like the course. I'm really confident in my team right now. Everybody has really looked good the last two days.'

Coach Walt Williams

(on Monday's practice round) 'Basically with Kim we fined tuned some positions off the tee and what clubs to hit in. We worked with Stephanie and Ashleigh about where to try to miss the ball and being a little more careful on where to hit it so they're not in the junk. We hit a lot of chips from all around the greens so we are getting a better feel for the speed of the chips coming out of the rough, sand, and the fairways. I think we got some good practice in today.'

(on Tuesday's possible rain) 'It doesn't make any difference to me. The golf course dried out a little today so it was playing a little shorter. It will probably play a little longer tomorrow if it rains. It's going to play the same for everybody.'

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