Cougars Heading to the Desert For Ping/ASU Invitational

April 5, 2001

PULLMAN, Wash. --- The Washington State women's golf team will face the most difficult field they have seen this year when they compete at the Ping/ASU Invitational April 6-8 at the Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz.

'This is a good chance for us to see where we really stand,' head coach Walt Williams said. 'It will be a good preview of the Pac-10 Championship. All 10 conference teams are there, and it is being played at Karsten, which is where we will play for Pac-10s.'

No. 2 Arizona, No. 4 USC, and No. 5 Stanford head the list of Pac-10 powers playing in the Ping/ASU Invitational. Two more top 10 teams, No. 7 New Mexico State and No. 10 Tulsa, will also compete. The rest of the field is made up of No. 18 TCU, No. 21 UCLA, No. 22 Arizona State, New Mexico, Washington, California, San Jose State, Oregon, and Oregon State.

The Cougars will be looking at junior Tasha Browner, who leads the team with a 76.2 scoring average, and senior Jennifer Dodd (77.4 average), for steady scoring this weekend.

'Outside of Tasha and Jennifer, we have a really young lineup,' Williams said. 'So we will certainly be counting on solid performances from them in Arizona.'

Last year, Jenna Daniels won the individual medalist honors, sparking Arizona to top team honors. Host Arizona State has won the event 22 of the 35 years it has been held.

Play begins Friday with the last tee time coming at approximately 9:40 a.m.

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