Kim Welch: Year-By-Year
May 25, 2005
11 career wins.
31 career top 10 finishes.
40 career top 25 finishes.
Finished in the top 10 in over 60 percent of events played.
All one has to do is look at the numbers that Kim Welch registered during her four-year golf career at Washington State University to realize that she will go down as one of the preeminent athletes in school history.
Following is a year-by-year breakdown of Welch's achievements during her Washington State career:
Freshman Year Achievements (2001-02)
*Earned an All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention selection to become the first freshman in school history to earn all-conference honors.
*Posted two wins in debut season at Vandal Invitational in September and Duck Invitational in March.
*National recognition followed triumph at Duck Invitational in the form of College Player of the Week honors by GolfWorld magazine for its April 5 issue...fired a final round 2-under 70 to capture Duck Invite...final round tied for the tournament low in the 82-player field.
*Fired a career-best 3-under 69 in the final round to capture Vandal Invite by two strokes in September...win at Vandal marked the first triumph by a Cougar in a tournament since 1998.
*Rated with teammate Jay-Lee Longbottom as the nation's ninth-best freshmen class in Golfstat's freshmen class impact ranking.
*Posted seven top 15 efforts including five in the top 10...sandwiched win at Duck Invite with eighth place finishes at Rainbow Invitational and Dixie Classic...tied for sixth in collegiate debut at Ram Fall Classic.
Sophomore Year Achievements (2002-03)
*All-America honors as a result of fifth place finish at NCAA Championships...first WSU player, man or woman, to earn All-America honors...named second team All-Pac-10.
*Posted nine top 10 efforts and 12 top 24 finishes in 2002-03
*Finished fifth at NCAA Championships with an 11-over total of 299...shot rounds of 76-72-77-74 at the NCAAs...held the lead at one point in second round...despite a lost ball on hole No. 16, finished second round in sole possession of second.
*Tied for second at NCAA West Regional with a 3-under score of 213...one of only three players in 106-player field to break par...bested five players rated in the top 10 of the May 7 Golfstat Cup rankings...bettered 15 golfers ahead of her in the rankings.
*Ninth place effort at Pacific-10 Conference Championships was the best individual finish at the tournament in school history...final round 70 at the Pac-10s was the lowest score in the field in the final round... ...holds the school's career mark for top 10 finishes at 14...honored for the second consecutive year with an all-conference award, being selected to the all-Pac-10 second team.
*Earned national College Player of Week honors by GolfWorld magazine for its March 21 issue...received the honor as a result of 14-shot victory at the Oregon Duck Invitational, shot a three round total of 209 (-7)...after posting an opening round score of 70, followed that with a course record 4-under 68 in the second round...capped the tournament with a final round 71 to successfully defend individual title from last year (which earned the first GolfWorld honor)...became the first female golfer in WSU history to capture a tournament title in back-to-back years
Junior Year Achievements (2003-04)
*NGCA All-America First Team. This is Welch's second consecutive year earning All American accolades.
*Five wins in 2004, including four in a row...career total now stands at eight.
*Five tournament wins led the nation.
*Began spring season with a 12-stroke win at the Islander Spring Classic in Corpus Christi, Texas, Feb. 17.
*Won the Oregon Duck Invitational for the third consecutive year, March 9...entered the final round tied for the lead and fired a final round 1-under 71 to capture the event by five shots...has won the event on three different courses...led team to title for second consecutive year.
*Rallied from four shots down to win the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational, March 17...second consecutive win...fired a 1-under 71 to propel her to a two-shot victory over a quartet of players...her 71, which tied for the best final round score in the 51-person field, gave her a 54-hole total of 3-over 219...the average final round score of the six players tied or ahead of Welch entering the final round was 77.
*Captured third straight title of the spring with a three stroke victory at the Mountain View Collegiate at Tucson, Ariz., March 28...led wire-to-wire...first round of 70 was the lowest opening round score in the 89-person field.
*Fourth consecutive title came at the Peg Barnard Collegiate, April 11...once again, rallied to win title...entered final round three shots from lead but fired a final round 4-under 68 to win by one-stroke...final round was lowest score in 73-person field.
*GolfWorld Player of the Week for the publication's March 19 issue in recognition of Duck Invite victory...third such honor bestowed to Welch in her career by the magazine.
*Golfweek Player of the Week for the March 27 issue of the magazine...recognized for victory at Thompson Invite...first player of the week accolade for Welch by the magazine.
*Golfweek Player of the Week for the April 17 issue of the magazine...recognized for victory at Peg Barnard Collegiate...second player of the week accolade for Welch by the magazine for the season.
*Finished in the top 19 in all 11 tournaments played in during the 2003-04 season...dating back to the 2002-03 campaign, has finished in the top 19 in 15 consecutive tournaments...included in that stretch are 11 top 10 efforts and five wins. ...holds school record with 30 career top 25 finishes...23 of those have been top 10 finishes, also a school record.
*Rated No. 8 in Golfstat Cup standings from April 7-May 5...highest a Cougar golfer (man or woman) has ever been ranked.
Senior Year Achievements (2004-05)
*Opened spring season with win at Inland Cup, Feb. 14...ninth career win.
*Captured 10th career victory with win at Donnis Thompson Invitational, March 16...second consecutive title at event... victory spearheaded a win by the Cougars in the team competition.
*Career win No. 11 established at the Peg Barnard Collegiate, April 10... second consecutive victory at the event...fired school record 5-under 66 in first round...score also set Stanford Golf Course record...finished at 2-under 142...only player in field to finish under par.
*Tied for third at Pacific-10 Conference Championships...finish the highest any WSU golfer, man or woman, has ever finished at the Pac-10 Championships. Besides Welch, no other female golfer at WSU has ever finished in the top 10 at the conference championships; Welch did it twice (9th-2003).
*Repeated school record by firing a 6-under 66 in the second round of the Pac-10 Championships...round featured seven birdies.
* Three-round total of 5-under 211 at Pac-10 Championships is also a WSU record for scoring at the event, demolishing the previous record set by Welch in 2003 and Jennifer Dodd in 2000 by 13 strokes.
*Earned an All-Pac-10 Second Team selection.
*In addition to 11 career wins, finished career with 31 top 10 finishes and 40 top 25 efforts, all school records.