Fern And Welch Take Individual Titles At Inland Collegiate Cup

Feb. 14, 2005

WALLA WALLA, Wash. - Senior two-time All-American Kim Welch and junior David Fern captured the women's and men's individual titles, respectively, at the Inland Collegiate Cup, Monday.

Washington State won the team title on both the men's and women's sides. The Cougar women fired a 316 counting four scores, winning the tournament by 17 strokes. Shooting 365 counting five scores, the men won the team title by nine strokes. It was the seventh consecutive year the men have won the team title.

'We won both team titles, both individual titles and the overall cup,' said WSU Head Coach Walt Williams. 'There were five pieces of hardware and we won all five.'

The Walla Walla Country Club was playing at par-71, 6,670-yards for the men, and par-72, 5,883-yards for the women.

Fern won the individual title by one stroke, firing a 1-under 70 to capture his first career tournament victory as a Cougar. Fern has finished in the top 25 in five consecutive tournaments, including three top 10 finishes.

'David played very well to get his first win as a Cougar,' said head coach Walt Williams.

Welch fired 73 (+1) to win the event by six strokes. The win was Welch's first tournament victory of the season, and her ninth as a Cougar.

'Kim has been playing real well,' said Williams. 'She had a convincing win.'

On the men's side, junior Ryan Witz fired a 72 (+1) to tie for third, recording his first career top 10 finish as a Cougar. Also recording his first career top 10 finish as a Cougar was freshman Jordan Mason, who finished tied for seventh shooting 74 (+3). Sophomore Kevin Chen also shot 74 (+3), tying with Mason for seventh place. Senior Ben Bryson shot 75 (+4), to round out a contingent of Cougars finishing in the top 10. Sophomore Jordan Madison finished in the top 25, firing an 82 (+11).

'Both Ben Bryson and Ryan Witz overcame some difficult situations to shoot real well,' said Williams. 'Ben had a quadruple bogey and came back to have a very good counting score for us. Witz had a triple bogey and still shot one-over. Both came through for us very well.'

The tournament marked WSU Head Coach Walt Williams' 10th men's team title as Cougar mentor.

On the women's side, sisters Maria and Anastasia Kostina joined Welch in the top five. Senior Maria Kostina tied for second place shooting 79 (+7), while junior Anastasia Kostina finished fourth shooting 81 (+9). Anastasia Kostina's finish is her fifth consecutive in the top eight.

Senior and defending women's champion Jay-Lee Longbottom also finished in the top 10, ending up tied for sixth with an 83 (+11). Junior Stephanie Parsley rounded out the scoring for the Cougar women, firing an 88 (+16) to finish tied for 14th.

Inland Collegiate Cup
Feb. 14, 2005
Par 71, 6,670 yards
Walla Walla Country Club; Walla Walla, Wash.
Final Results

WSU Results - Men: 1. David Fern (70, -1), T3. Ryan Witz (72, +1), T7. Kevin Chen (74, +3), T7. Jordan Mason (74, +3), T9. Ben Bryson (75, +4), 24. Jordan Madison (82, +11).

WSU Results - Women: 1. Kim Welch (73, +1), T2. Maria Kostina (79, +7), 4. Anastasia Kostina (81, +9), T6. Jay-Lee Longbottom (83, +11), T14. Stephanie Parsley (88, +16).

Team Results - Men: 1. Washington State (365, +10), 2. Idaho (374, +19), 3. Lewis-Clark State (390, +35), 4. Gonzaga (391, +36).

Team Results -Women: 1. Washington State (316, +28), 2. Idaho (333, +45), 3. Gonzaga (354, +66), 4. Lewis-Clark State (367, +79).

Top Five - Men: 1. David Fern, Washington State (70, -1), 2. Christian Akau, Idaho (71, E), T3. Pete Williams, Idaho (72, +1), T3. Ryan Witz, Washington State (72, +1), T5. Aaron Curtis, Lewis-Clark State (73, +2), T5. Chris Collins*, Washington State (73, +2).

Top Five - Women: 1. Kim Welch, Washington State (73, +1), T2. Renee Skidmore, Idaho (79, +7), T2. Maria Kostina, Washington State (79, +7), 4. Anastasia Kostina, Washington State (81, +9), 5. Heather O'Leary*, Washington State (82, +10).

* denotes playing as individual.

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