Women's Golf Swims Off To Duck Invitational

March 8, 2003

What's Happening This Week: The Washington State women's golf team travels to the home of Pac-10 rival Oregon for the 2003 Duck Invitational at Shadow Hills Country Club Mar. 10-11...Cougars look to make it three consecutive tournament victories to open the spring...rounds one and two will be played on Monday, Mar. 10, followed by the final round on Tuesday, Mar. 11.

Field: The 12-team field will consist of Idaho, Colorado, Colorado State, Montana State, Missouri, San Diego State, Denver, Portland, Portland State, Oregon, Santa Clara, and Washington State.

Head Coach Walt Williams On The Duck Invitational: 'This field is similar, if not better than, the one we faced at the Florida Southern and we are capable of winning...With two tournaments behind her this spring, I look to Kim Welch to defend her title...Maria's tremendous short game has worked for her all spring and I look for her to continue to improve and make a real impact at this tournament.'

Last Week At The Lady Moc Classic: Led by the Top 5 efforts of Maria Kostina and Kim Welch, the Washington State women's golf team captured the team title at the Lady Moc Classic at the Par 72, 5,997 yard Cleveland Heights Golf Course at Lakeland, Fla., Sunday Mar. 2...Maria Kostina finished tied for second in her first 54-hole tournament as a Cougar with a three-day scoring average of 74.7...Kim Welch improved her scoring each round and capped off the final round with the best score of the day at even par to finish tied for fourth...Stephanie Parsley placed in a tie for eighth...Jay-Lee Longbottom recorded her seventh career Top 25 finish at 12th place, followed by a Top 25 finish for Katharine Dorris at a tie for 23rd, and a 75th place culmination for Ashleigh Gilhuly...The Cougars were four shots back of second round leader Florida Atlantic, but out shot the Owls 300 to 308 for a four-stroke victory.

Marking the Scorecard: WSU moved up sixteen spots and now ranks 73rd as a team according to the Golfweek/Sagarin performance index ...the Cougars are moved up twelve spots from last week, and now are ranked 72nd in the Div. I head-to-head rankings on Golfstat.com...Kim Welch ranks 139th in the Golfweek/Sagarin individual performance index...Jay-Lee Longbottom is ranked seventh in the nation with a 92.3 percent rate of fairways hit according to Golfstat.com.

Sq-Welch-ing The Competition: In the first four tournaments of the fall, Welch finished in second (Lady Vandal), third (Ram Fall Classic), fifth (Heather Farr Memorial) and 20th (Shanico Invitational)...Welch now sits just two Top 10 finishes away from tying first place Tasha Browner's 12...Welch is ranked 73rd toward the Women's Golfstat Cup, an award given to the best female golf performers by golfstat.com.

From Russia With Love: In her first event as a Cougar, Kostina finished in a tie for second with fellow Cougar Ashleigh Gilhuly with a 4-over 76...Kostina followed up that impressive performance, with a second place finish at the Lady Moc Classic Mar. 2...Kostina comes to the Cougars after having been one of the most successful Russian golfers over the last few years...Kostina was recognized by Golf Digest Magazine as 'The Best Russian Golfer' in 1999, 2001, and 2002.

Be A Cougar Caddie: Follow Cougar Results at the 2003 Duck Invitational by logging on to wsucougars.com.

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