Cougar Women Head to Hawaii for Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational

March 14, 2005

What's Happening: The Washington State women's golf team will compete in the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational at Kaneohe, Hawaii, March 15-16 at the par-72, 5,829 yard Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course...results after each day of competition will be posted at

Top 25 Cougars: The Cougars moved from No. 25 to No. 22 in the GolfWeek women's team rankings...ranked 30th by Golfstat.

The Field: Joining the No. 22 Cougars at the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational will be British Columbia, BYU-Hawaii, Hawaii, UH-Hilo, Middle Tennessee State, Northern Colorado, Osaka University, San Diego State, San Francisco, UTEP, and Weber State...Washington State is the only team in the field ranked in the top 25.

Last Year: At the 2004 Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational, Kim Welch captured the individual title...rallied from behind firing a final round 1-under 71 to win the tournament...Jay-Lee Longbottom and Maria Kostina recorded top 25 finishes...trio led Washington State to a third place finish.

Last Week at Pinehurst: Sisters Anastasia and Maria Kostina each tied for third place shooting 227 (+11)...led Washington State to the team title...senior two-time All-American Welch finished tied for sixth and senior Longbottom recorded her 20th career top 25 finish.

Anastasia Kostina Ranked: Junior Anastasia Kostina is currently ranked No. 18 on the GolfWeek/Sagarin Performance Index, and No. 10 in the Golfstat Cup Standings. Kostina has finished in the top eight in all seven tournaments this season. She recorded her first career tournament victory at the Stanford Women's Intercollegiate. The three-round score of 5-under 205 at Stanford was the lowest three-round total in school history. Kostina was named GolfWeek Player of the Week, Oct. 23 for her performance at Stanford. Kostina also represented her home country of Russia at the Women's World Amateur Team Championships where she finished in eighth place.

Welch Preseason Accolades: Welch was named a GolfWeek Preseason All-American for the second consecutive year in the magazine's Sept. 4, issue. Welch holds Washington State records for career tournament victories (9), the three best single season scoring averages in WSU history (73.9, 74.8, and 76.1), career top 10 finishes (27), career top 25 finishes (35), top 10 finishes in a season (9), and top 25 finishes in a season (11-twice).
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