Cougars Head To Corvallis For Shanico Invitational

Sept. 13, 2002

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This Week: The Washington State women's golf team continues its fall season at the Oregon State University/Shanico Invitational, Sept 16-17...the 54-hole tournament consists of 36 holes, Sept. 16 and 18 holes, Sept. 17...the event will take place at the par-72, 6,072 yard Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis, Ore...last year Kim Welch finished tied for 14th, one of seven top 15 efforts the Sacramento, Calif., native posted during the 2001-02 season.

The Field: Washington State will be part of an 18-team field, which includes fellow Pacific-10 Conference members California, Oregon, Oregon State and UCLA...the remaining field consists of Boise State, BYU, UC Irvine, College of Charleston, Colorado, Eastern Washington, Hawaii, Idaho, Long Beach State, Portland State, San Francisco, San Jose State and Weber State.

Last Week: Sophomore Kim Welch tied for third at the Ptarmigan/Ram Fall Classic, Sept. 10...Welch fired a career-tying best 69 in the second round of the tournament, Sept. 9...the third place finish was Welch's seventh career top 10 effort.

Fabulous Freshmen: The tandem of Welch and Jay-Lee Longbottom was ranked as the nation's ninth best freshmen class according to Golfstat's freshmen class impact ranking at the conclusion of the 2001-02 season...Welch captured national recognition by garnering College Player of the Week accolades from GolfWorld magazine in the publication's April 5, 2002 issue. Welch earned the honor by virtue of her three-shot victory at the Oregon Duck Invitational, March virtue of earning a 2001-02 All-Pac honorable mention selection, Welch became the first freshman in WSU women's golf history to be named to the all-conference team...after joining the team last spring, Longbottom posted five top 25 efforts, including a 17th place finish at the Pac-10 Championship.

NCAA Tee Time: For the second time in three years, the Cougars earned a team bid to the NCAA West Regional last year...factor in Tasha Browner's individual selection in 2001 and the Cougars have been represented in the NCAA Tournament for three consecutive years...the 296 total by the Cougars in the final round of the West Regional, May 11 established a school record for single round team score.

Coaching Staff: Head Coach Walt Williams is in his fifth season at WSU...Williams guided the men's and women's program to NCAA West Regional appearances last year, the first time in history that both programs reached the NCAA's in the same season...Williams' effort earned him Pac-10 Men's Golf Coach of the Year honors...Heather Holte is in her second season as assistant coach.

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