Cougars Set To Tee Off At NCAA West Regional

May 7, 2002

On The Tee This Week:
NCAA West Regional
May 9-11
Stanford Golf Course
Stanford, Calif.

NCAA's On Tap: For the second time in three years, the NCAA West Regional will be a part of the season schedule for the Washington State women's golf team. The Cougars will be among a 21-team, three-individual field that will compete at the 2002 NCAA West Regional, May 9-11, at the Stanford Golf Course in Stanford, Calif. Eight teams and two individuals will advance to the NCAA Championships, which will be held at the Washington National Golf Club in Auburn, Wash., May 21-24.

Live Scoring: Live web scoring will be utilized throughout the event. Results can be accessed at

The Field: The 21 teams and three individuals in the NCAA West Regional field are: Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA, California, Washington, Southern California, Pepperdine, Stanford, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Idaho, San Francisco, San Jose State, UC Irvine, Denver, BYU, Colorado State, Washington State, Campbell, Oral Roberts, Northern Arizona, Erin Kerr (Colorado), Sarah Walker (Portland) and Kathy Cho (Oregon). The Cougars are the 18th-seeded team in the field.

Tournament Schedule: The 54-hole tournament will consist of 18 holes, Thursday, Friday and Saturday with a fixed tee time of 7:30 a.m. each day from the first and 10th tees. The top four scores from each five-person team will count toward the team score. Pairings and tee times will also be assigned for the first two rounds based on seeding. The third round pairings and tee times will be determined by score after round two.The Cougars are scheduled to tee off at 11:50 a.m. from the 10th tee, Thursday, May 9 and at 7:30 a.m. from the first tee, Friday, May 10.

The Cougar Five: Senior Tasha Browner and junior Donna Bell are the only holdovers from the team that competed in the NCAA Regional two seasons ago. Senior Jackie Stevens and freshmen Kim Welch and Jay-Lee Longbottom complete the quintet that will play at Stanford.

Welch Nabs All-Conference Selection: Freshman Kim Welch was named as an All-Pacific-10 Conference women's golf honorable mention selection, April 24.

With the honor, Welch became the first freshman in WSU women's golf history to be named to the all-conference team.

Welch, who leads the Cougars with a 76.1 scoring average, captured national recognition in April by earning College Player of Week accolades from Golfworld in the magazine's April 5 issue. Welch earned the honor by virtue of her three-shot victory at the Oregon Duck Invitational, March 29. The Sacramento, Calif. native 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, Welch 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.

Thus far this season, Welch has posted seven top-14 efforts. Along with her victory at Oregon, the Sacramento, Calif., native captured the Lady Vandal Fall 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.

Fabulous Freshmen: The tandem of Welch and freshman teammate Jay-Lee Longbottom are ranked as the nation's sixth best freshmen class according to Golfstat's May 3 freshmen class impact ranking. Longbottom arrives to Stanford after a 17th place finish at the Pac-10 Championships, April 24, which was best among all Cougars.

Browner Tops All-Time List: With five top-10 finishes this season, senior Tasha Browner has increased her total number of career top-10 finishes to 12. 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. Browner's latest top-10 performance came at the Peg Barnard Collegiate, April 14, when she finished in ninth place.

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:
78. Washington State
80. Washington State

Golfstat Cup
100. Kim Welch
136. Jay-Lee Longbottom
161. Tasha Browner
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