Cougars Head to New Mexico for 2005 NCAA West Regional Championships
May 4, 2005
On The Tee This Week:NCAA West RegionalMay 5-7New Mexico State University Golf CourseLas Cruces, N.M.
Cougars Head to NCAA West Regional: The Washington State University women's golf team heads to Las Cruces, N.M., to compete in the 2005 NCAA West Regional, Thursday. The tournament, hosted by New Mexico State University, will be held at the New Mexico State University Golf Course.
'We are very excited and looking forward to this opportunity to go play,' said WSU Head Coach Walt Williams. 'We are going to have to play really well there (to move onto the NCAA Championships), and that is what we will do. We can't wait to get there.'
Four Consecutive Trips: The 2005 NCAA West Regional marks the fourth consecutive year the Cougars have been selected to participate in the championships, and the fifth time in six years.
The Field: The No. 25 Cougars (Golfstat) will be joined by UCLA (No. 3), Georgia (No. 2), Oklahoma State (No. 8), Tennessee (No. 12), Southern California (No. 14), Arizona (No. 17), California (No. 24), Stanford (No. 23), UNLV, Oregon, San Francisco, UC Irvine, Brigham Young, Colorado State, Portland State, Northwestern, Oral Roberts, Illinois State, Georgia State, and Denver.
'There are probably 12 or 13 teams with a shot at making it as one of the eight teams to advance to the NCAA Championships,' WSU Head Coach Walt Williams said. 'It will be a very difficult field.'
Sights Set on NCAA Championships: In 2003, the Cougars made their first ever trip to the NCAA Championships. Washington State is looking to make it back to the NCAA Championships after just missing a repeat trip last season. At the 2004 NCAA West Regional, the Cougars finished tied for 8th, but lost a playoff to the University of Texas.
WSU Single Round Scoring Record66 Kim WelchStanford Golf Course, Stanford, Calif., April 9, 200566 Kim WelchRuby Hills Golf Club, Pleasanton, Calif., April 19, 200567 Tasha BrownerPtarmigan C.C., Fort Collins, Colo., Sept. 11, 200068 by Welch three times and Anastasia Kostina twice.
Tournament Schedule: One round each day will be played Thursday through Saturday. Thursday's opening round is scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m. Freshman Tracy Broders will tee off at 7:40 a.m., followed in 10 minute increments by senior Maria Kostina, senior Jay-Lee Longbottom, junior Anastasia Kostina and senior Kim Welch.
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.
NCAA Dates: The 2005 NCAA Championships will be held Tuesday, May 17 through Friday, May 20 at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Ore.
Cougar Pac-10 Best: Senior two-time All-American Kim Welch, in the final Pac-10 Championships of her career, set WSU records for lowest single-round score (66) and lowest three-round score (211, -5) at the Pac-10 Championships last week. She broke her previous record for low round score by four strokes, and shattered the three-round school record by 13 strokes.
The Cougars tied their best performance at the event, finishing tied for seventh. Washington State demolished the school record for lowest three-round team total at the conference championships by 26 strokes, shooting 898 (+34).
Making A Mark In The Polls: WSU is ranked No. 23 in the latest the GolfWeek/Sagarin ratings...team is No. 25 in the latest Golfstat rankings...individually, Kim Welch is ranked No. 24 and No. 19 by Golfstat and Golfweek, respectively...Anastasia Kostina is No. 35 (Golfstat) and No. 40 (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: 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 seven 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 74.9), career top 10 finishes (31), career top 25 finishes (39), top 10 finishes in a season (9), and top 25 finishes in a season (11-twice).
Anastasia Kostina Ties Record: 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's Record-Setting Season: Kostina has finished in the top 11 in 10 of 11 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: Longbottom has recorded seven consecutive top 25 finishes heading into the NCAA West Regional...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 24 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 six top 25 finishes in 11 events this season...second place finish at Inland Cup, Feb. 14...third place finish at Pinehurst Challenge, March 8.
Broders Making Mark: As a freshman, Tracy Broders has played in only a few tournaments this season, but she has already begun to make her mark. Broders posted a career low 75 in the second round of her first career Pac-10 Championships.