Cougars Head To California For Pac-10 Championships
April 15, 2005
On The Tee This Week:
Ruby Hill Golf Club
Par 72, 6,315 yards
Senior two-time All-American Kim Welch coming off victory at Peg Bernard Collegiate, April 10...win was Welch's 11th of career and 30th career top 10 finish...has won three tournament titles this spring.
WSU Single Round Scoring Record
66 Kim Welch
Stanford Golf Course, April 9, 2005
67 Tasha Browner
Ptarmigan C.C., Fort Collins, Colo., Sept. 11, 2000
68 by Welch three times and Anastasia Kostina twice.
Conference Championships On Tap For WSU: The Washington State women's golf team travels to the Bay Area for the Pacific-10 Conference Championships, April 18-20, at the Ruby Hill Golf Club (par 72, 6,315 yards) in Pleasanton, Calif....the event is hosted by the University of California.
Tournament Schedule: A practice round will take place, Sunday, April 17 starting at 11 a.m. before competition begins Monday, April 18...split tees will be utilized...teams will play 18 holes each day, with rounds beginning at 8 a.m., Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday...an awards ceremony and the announcement of the 2005 All-Pac-10 team will follow the completion of the tournament...pairings (twosomes and threesomes) will be reordered for each round on Tuesday and Wednesday based on team scores.
Scoring: The three-round competition will be scored by stroke play...each team will consist of five golfers...the top four individual scores will count toward the team score.
Results: At the conclusion of each round, results will be available via the internet...point the browser to the Pac-10 website at www.pac-10.org to the Women's Golf page and click on Live Scoring...another option is to go to the Golfstat website at www.golfstat.com and click on live scoring (scores are updated every three holes)...may also go to the California website at www.CalBears.com.
NCAA Dates: The NCAA West Regional will be played May 5-7 at the New Mexico State University Course in Las Cruces, N.M., hosted by New Mexico State...NCAA Championships will be Tuesday, May 17 through Friday, May 20 at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Ore...selections to the NCAA Championships will be made April 25.
Cougar Pac-10 Best: Two years ago, WSU recorded its best conference championship finish as a team...the Cougars were seventh in the 2003 event...Welch led the team with a ninth place finish, the best all-time individual performance by a Cougar in the event...after opening with two rounds of 5-over 77, Welch was the only player to break par on a wet and windy final round, firing a 2-under 70, recording birdies on four of her last five holes...Welch went on to finish second at the NCAA West Regional and fifth at the national championships.
Making A Mark In The Polls: WSU is ranked No. 22 in the latest the GolfWeek/Sagarin ratings...team is No. 25 in the latest Golfstat rankings...individually, Kim Welch is ranked No. 27 and No. 32 by Golfstat and Golfweek, respectively...Anastasia Kostina is No. 17 (Golfstat) and No. 33 (Golfweek).
Trifecta: WSU has won three tournaments this spring...team victories this season include 17-stroke win at the Inland Cup, Feb. 14, a 21-stroke win at the Pinehurst Challenge, March 8 and a 13-stroke win at the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational, March 16...Cougars have yet to finish out of the top four in six tournaments this spring.
Welch Notches 11th Career Win: Sets Record: Senior two-time All-American Kim Welch won the Peg Bernard Collegiate, April 10, recording her 11th career tournament victory...second consecutive victory at the event...opening round 5-under 66 set both the course record at the Stanford Golf Course and the WSU record for lowest single round score...with a 36-hole total of 140 (-2), was the only player in the field under par...third win for Welch this spring (Inland Cup, Feb. 14; Thompson Invitational, March 16)...has yet to finish out of the top six in six events this spring.
Welch Preseason Accolades: Welch was named GolfWorld magazine's No. 3 player on the 2004-05 'Top 50 Players to Watch' list in its Sept. 3 issue...Welch, who was the topic of a feature story in the magazine, made her second appearance on the list...was ranked as the No. 9 Player to Watch at the beginning of the 2003-04 season...was also named a GolfWeek Preseason All-American for the second consecutive year in the magazine's Sept. 4 issue...holds Washington State records for career tournament victories (11), the three best single season scoring averages in WSU history (73.9, 74.8 and 76.1), career top 10 finishes (30), career top 25 finishes (38), top 10 finishes in a season (9), and top 25 finishes in a season (11-twice).
Anastasia Kostina Ties Record: Junior Anastasia Kostina posted her ninth top 10 finish of the season, April 10, at the Peg Barnard California Collegiate...Kostina is now tied with Welch (2003) for the WSU record for most top 10 finishes in a single season.
Anastasia Kostina Ranked: Kostina has finished in the top 11 in all 10 tournaments this year...recorded her first career tournament victory at the Stanford Pepsi Intercollegiate in October...three-round score of 5-under 205 at Stanford was the lowest three-round total in school history...named GolfWeek Player of the Week, Oct. 23 for her performance at Stanford...represented her home country of Russia at the Women's World Amateur Team Championships where she finished in eighth place.
Longbottom Making A Mark: Jay-Lee Longbottom has recorded six consecutive top 25 finishes heading into the Pac-10 Championships...included in that span was a second place finish at the Donnis Thompson Invitational...event marked the second best effort of her career...now has 23 career top 25 finishes including nine top 10 finishes.
Maria Kostina Ends Regular Season On High Note: Senior Maria Kostina finished tied for 19th at the Peg Barnard California Collegiate...has five top 25 finishes in 10 events this season...second place finish at Inland Cup, Feb. 14...third place finish at Pinehurst Challenge, March 8.
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