Maria Kostina Leads Pinehurst Challenge

March 6, 2005

PINEHURST, N.C. -Washington State University sisters Maria and Anastasia Kostina are in the top four after the first round of play at the 56-hole Pinehurst Challenge, Sunday.

Senior Maria Kostina is in first place, firing an even-par 72 at Pinehurst #8. Kostina leads the tournament by one stroke.

Maria's sister, junior Anastasia Kostina, is tied for fourth place with 74 (+2). In six tournaments this season, Anastasia has yet to finish out of the top eight.

Senior two-time All-American Kim Welch is tied for 15th, shooting 77 (+5) in the first round.

As a team the Cougars are in second place. With an opening day 303, Washington State is one stroke back of first place East Carolina University.

Redshirt sophomore Heather O'Leary shot 80 (+8) and senior Jay-Lee Longbottom shot 83 (+11) to round out the scoring for the Cougars.

Pinehurst ChallengePinehurst #8Par 72, 6,009-yardsMarch 6-8, 2005Results After Round One of Three

WSU Results: 1. Maria Kostina (72, E), T4. Anastasia Kostina (74, +2), T15. Kim Welch (77, +5), T31. Heather O-Leary 80, +8), T57. Jay-Lee Longbottom (83, +11).

Team Results: 1. East Carolina (302), 2. Washington State (303), 3. North Carolina - Wilmington (312), 4. Oregon (313), 5. Miami (314), 6. Oral Roberts (316), 7. James Madison (317), T8. Mississippi State (319), T8. Coastal Carolina (319), T10. Charleston (321), T10. North Carolina - Greensboro (321), 12. Mississippi (322), 13. Maryland (324), T14. Kentucky (325), T14. Louisville (325), 16. Georgia State (331), 17. Penn State (332), 18. Western Carolina (336).

Top Five Individuals: 1. Maria Kostina, Washington State (72, E), T2. Becky Berzonski, UNCW (73, +1), T2. Jessica Hauser, East Carolina (73, +1), T4. Anastasia Kostina, Washington State (74, +2), T4. Polly Willett, NC-Greensboro (74, +2), T4. Adrienne Millican, East Carolina (74, +2).

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