Women's Golf Travels to Arizona to Compete at the Pacific-10 Championship

April 20, 2006

What's Happening This Week: The Washington State women's golf team will travel down to Tucson, Ariz. to take on the nation's best at the Pacific-10 Championship, held at the par-72, 6,495 yard Oro Valley Country Club...the three day tournament will begin at 8:30 a.m., Monday, April 24 and play through Wednesday, April 26, with 18 holes each day.

The Field: The 10-team field will include (Golfweek Rankings): Arizona (19), Arizona State (3), California (12), Oregon (43), Oregon State (49), Stanford (21), UCLA (2), USC (6), Washington (27), and Washington State (42).

Pacific-10 Tops National Rankings: In the most current rankings put out by Golfweek, the women's golf team is currently ranked No.42 nationally...with six teams in the Pacific-10 ranked in the top-25 nationally, the Pac-10 makes up 25 percent of the teams ranked in the top-20...UCLA leads the conference at No.2...other teams ranked in the top-50 include: No. 3 Arizona State, No.6 USC, No.12 California, No. 19 Arizona, No. 21 Stanford, No. 27 Washington, No. 43 Oregon, and No. 49 Oregon State...the Pac-10 is the only conference that has all of its teams ranked in the top 50.

Traveling For The Cougars: Washington State takes a group of young Cougars to compete at the conference tournament...leading the pack is senior Anastasia Kostina, followed by sophomore Tracy Broders, with freshmen Jessica Black, Amy Eneroth, and Haley Parsons rounding out the Cougar contingent.

Cougars At The Peg Barnard Collegiate (Last Tournament): The Cougars were led by Kostina, as she finished the two-day tournament tied for seventh, marking her eighth top 10 finish and 10th top 25 finish of the season...freshman Amy Eneroth knocked three strokes off her first round score, firing a 73 (+2) during the final round to tie for 10th...the Cougars finished the tournament in fifth place after shooting a 303 (+19) during the second round for a combined total of 606 (+38)...the Cougs finished ahead of No. 23 Long Beach State, No.31 UC- Irvine, No. San Jose State, and No. 49 Oregon State...sophomore Tracy Broders fired a final round score of 75 (+4), to finish the tournament in a tie for 26th, just one shot shy of breaking the top 25...Jessica Black finished the tournament knotted in a tie for 68th, while teammate Haley Parsons knocked 13 strokes off her first round score to finish the two-day tourney tied in a knot for 76th.

Cougars At The Pacific-10 Championship (Last Season): All-American Kim Welch finished tied for third at the 2005 Pac-10 Championships...Welch's finish is 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 has now done it twice (9th-2003)...Welch's three-round total of 5-under 211 was also a WSU record, demolishing the previous record at the event by 13 strokes...in the opening round, Welch tied her own school record for lowest single-round score at the event with a 2-under 70, only to shatter the record the very next day with a second round 6-under 66...Welch holds the first, second, third, and fourth (tied with three others) best single-round scores in school history at the Pac-10 Championships...the Cougars finished in seventh place, tying their best finish ever at the Pac-10 Championships...the three-round total of 898 (+34) at the event marked a school record, 26 strokes better than the previous mark...seniors Jay-Lee Longbottom and Maria Kostina posted top 25 finishes...Longbottom finished tied for 21st with a 228 (+12), extending her streak of consecutive top 25 finishes to seven. Kostina finished tied for 23rd, shooting 229 (+13)...junior Anastasia Kostina posted a score of 234 (+18)...Kostina was named First Team All-Pac-10...freshman Tracy Broders posted a 236 (+20), including a career-low 75 in the second round.

Kostina Ranks Nationally: All-American senior Anastasia Kostina not only tops the charts at Washington State, but nationally as well...she is currently ranked No.24 in the most recent Golfstat rankings and No. 34 by GolfWeek ...Kostina is tied for first with top 10 season finishes (9), second place for career top 10 finishes (20), third for top 25 season finishes (11), and second with top 25 career finishes (26) in the Cougar record books.

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