Final Tune-Up Before Pac-10 Championships Ahead For Cougars

April 11, 2002

On The Tee This Week:
At Peg Barnard Collegiate
April 13-14
Stanford Golf Course
Stanford, Calif.
Par 72, 6,154 yards

This Week: The Washington State women's golf team receives its final tune-up before the Pacific-10 Conference Championships at the Peg Barnard Collegiate, April 13-14, at the par-72, 6,154 yard Stanford Golf Course in Stanford, Calif. Washington State will play host to the conference championships, April 22-24, at the Walla Walla Country Club in Walla Walla, Wash.

The Field: The Barnard Collegiate may serve as a precursor to the conference championships as the Cougars will face seven of their Pac-10 counterparts. Along with host Stanford, Arizona State, California, Oregon State, UCLA, USC, and Washington round out the Pac-10 contingent at the tournament. In addition, UNLV, Nevada, Long Beach State, San Jose State, San Diego State and Santa Clara complete the 14-team field.

Last Tournament Wrap-Up: Freshman Kim Welch posted her third consecutive top-10 effort - and sixth this season - with an eighth place finish at the BYU/Dixie Classic at the par-72, 5,734 yard Sunbrook Golf Course, April 10.

Welch completed the 54-hole tournament at 224 (+8), tying for eighth with BYU's Natalie Newren.Welch led a contingent of three Cougars that finished in the top-20. Freshman Jay-Lee Longbottom tied for 13th (228, +12) and senior Tasha Browner tied for 19th at 231 (+15).

As a team, the Cougars posted a score of 923 to finish seventh in the 20-team field, one stroke behind Colorado for sixth position. WSU finished ahead of Colorado State, Nevada and San Diego State, teams that were all in front of the Cougars in the Golfstat rankings.

Welch Golfworld Player of the Week: Although the Cougars took the week off on the course the week of April 1, the news regarding the team didn't. as Kim Welch captured national recognition by earning College Player of Week accolades from Golfworld in the magazine's April 5 issue.

The honor was the second bestowed on the WSU golf program in the last three weeks as Dustin White was named College Player of the Week by the publication in its March 15 issue.

'I was shocked when Dustin was named national player of the week and now, three weeks later, Kim is honored on the women's side,' said WSU Head Coach Walt Williams. 'It is an unbelievable honor, especially for a freshman.'

'Kim has played fabulous golf nearly all year,' Williams added. 'She is really going to be something special.'

Welch earned the honor by virtue of her three-shot victory at the Oregon Duck Invitational, March 29. Welch entered the final round of the tournament tied for second, trailing second-round leader Susannah Laing of the University of San Francisco by three strokes, but the Sacramento, Calif., native overcame the deficit with her final round effort of 70.

Welch steadily improved throughout the tournament, posting rounds of 74-72-70 for an even-par total of 216, three shots ahead of Washington's Lindsey Morgan. The final round 70 tied for the tournament-low round in the 82-player field.

The victory was the second of the season for Welch as the freshman captured the Lady Vandal Invitational, Oct. 2. The win at the Vandal Invite marked the first triumph by a Cougar in a tournament since Kelly Wilson achieved the feat at the Lady Lumberjack Invitational in 1998.Welch's triumph marked the second individual tournament title captured by a Cougar golfer in the week. Jon Reehoorn won the men's individual medal at the Duck Invitational, March 26.

Moving Up The Rankings: Welch's triumph at Oregon vaulted the freshman from No. 136 to No. 99 in the week's Golfstat Cup rankings. The freshman enters the Barnard Collegiate No. 101 in the rankings. Thus far this season, Welch has posted seven top-14 efforts. Along with the eighth place finish at Utah, the Sacramento, Calif., native captured victories at the Duck Invitational, March 29 and the Lady Vandal Fall Invitational, Oct. 2. In addition, Welch posted a sixth place finish at the Ram Fall Classic, Sept. 11 and completed the Oregon State Shanico Golf Invitational in a tie for 14th place, Oct. 10. Welch began the spring season with a fifth place effort at the Inland Collegiate, Feb. 18 and then tied for eighth at the Rainbow Invite, March 20.

Browner Tops All-Time List: With four top-10 finishes this season, senior Tasha Browner has increased her total number of career top-10 finishes to 11. That has placed the Tarzana, Calif., native at the pinnacle of WSU's all-time list in that category. Browner entered the fall season sharing the record, which stood at seven, with Jill A. Johnson (1988-91) and Erin Johnsrud (1989-90). Browner staked her claim to sole possession of the record with a third place effort at the Ram Fall Classic, Sept. 11 and a fourth place finish at the Lady Vandal Classic, Oct. 2. Browner began the spring campaign with a third place finish at the Inland Collegiate, Feb. 18 and posted her fourth top-10 finish of the season with an eighth place effort at the Rainbow Invite, March 20.

Record Breaking Effort: The Cougars set a team scoring record in their first tournament of the fall season. The team's final round score of 297 at the Ram Fall Classic, Sept. 11 set the school record for lowest single-round team score. The Cougars broke the previous record of 298 set a year ago to the day at the same tournament. The record-breaking final round gave the Cougars a three-round total of 898, setting the mark for the lowest three-round team score. The previous mark was 900 set at the Ram Fall Classic, Sept. 12.

National Rankings
88. Washington State
89. Washington State

Individual (Golfstat Cup):
101. Kim Welch
165. Tasha Browner

WSU Career Top 10 Finishes1. 	Tasha Browner	112. 	Erin Johnsrud	7	Jill A. Johnson	74.	Jennifer Dodd	6	Kim Welch		6WSU Career Top 25 Finishes1.	Jennifer Dodd		242.	Tasha Browner	         193.	Jill A. Johnson		164. 	Erin Johnsrud		13	Becky Fossum		13
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