Women's Golf Will Face Regional Foes at NCAA West Regional

May 6, 2003

What's Happening This Week: The Washington State women's golf team will play in the 2003 NCAA West Regional held Thursday-Saturday, May 8-10 at the par 72, 6,256-yard Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz....teams will play 18 holes each day beginning at 7:30 a.m. Pacific from tees No. 1 and No. 10...the final group tees off at 1:20 p.m. each day...the top eight teams and two individuals will qualify for the NCAA Championships May 20-23 hosted by Purdue University

NCAA West Regional Field: The 21-team field will consist of Pepperdine, USC, Oklahoma State, UCLA, Ohio State, Arizona State, Stanford, New Mexico State, Washington, UNLV, San Francisco, San Jose State, Oregon State, Denver, Nevada, Illinois, Oral Roberts, Cal State Northridge, Portland State, Bradley, and WSU.

Head Coach Walt Williams on the NCAA West Regional: 'If we play well we have a very good chance to advance out of Regionals. We have shown that we can compete with teams like Stanford and Washington who are seeded to advance. We played well our last round at Pac-10s and that has to give us confidence. I think this is a golf course that Kim Welch can take advantage of because of her length, and overall as a team, it lends itself to low scores.'

Rankings: As of the final rankings released by the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index (Tuesday, May 6) before the NCAA West Regional, the teams headed for play are in this national ranking order: Pepperdine (2), Oklahoma St. (3), USC (5), UCLA (13), Ohio State (16), WASH (20), New Mexico St. (25), ASU (27), Stanford (28), UNLV (31), San Francisco (41), Illinois (42), San Jose St. (46), OSU (47), Nevada (50), Denver (54), WSU (62), Oral Roberts (72), Cal-State Northridge (77), Portland State (95), and Bradley (117).

Last Year At The NCAA West Regional: The Washington State women's golf team posted a 13th place finish at the NCAA West Regional in 2002...the Cougars entered the third round tied for 15th but shot an eight-over 296 over the final 18 holes to move up to 13th position in the 21-team field...the 296 total established a school record for single round team score...Kim Welch turned in the low round of the day for the Cougars with a two-under par 70. Welch recorded four birdies over the final 18 holes including three on the front nine as she fired a 3-under 33 on the front side. Welch's round moved her from a tie for 47th at the beginning of the day to a tie for 29th position (227, +11)...Jay-Lee Longbottom turned in a solid performance with a one-over 73 to finish her three rounds at 237 (+21).

Last Week At The Pac-10 Championships: Led by the ninth place effort by Kim Welch, the Washington State women's golf team finished the Pacific-10 Championships in seventh place at the Par 72, 6,160 yard Trysting Tree Golf Club at Corvallis, Ore...WSU's seventh place finish is the best finish in school history by a women's golf team, and also the first time all year the Cougars have toppled the cross-state rival Washington Huskies, who were ranked 20th nationally coming in, and finished in eighth place...Kim Welch made history once again for the Cougars, completing the final round in ninth place, the highest finish by a WSU female golfer since the inception of the program. Welch was the only player to break par on Saturday, firing a 70, and recording birdies on four of her last five holes...Maria Kostina finished the tournament at a tie for 16th, the third best finish by a WSU golfer all-time...Stephanie Parsley shot three consecutive rounds of 78 to finish in a tie for 30th, followed Jay-Lee Longbottom, who moved up one spot into a tie for 40th, and Donna Bell who finished her final Pac-10 Championship as a Cougar in 57th...Ashleigh Gilhuly finished 56th as an individual.

Marking the Scorecard: The Cougars are ranked 60th in the Div. I head-to-head rankings on Golfstat.com, and 62nd as a team on Golfweek.com...Kim Welch ranks 101st in the Golfweek/Sagarin individual performance index...

Sq-Welch-ing The Competition: For the second time in her young collegiate career, Welch has been recognized with the College National Player of Week by GolfWorld magazine for their March 21 issue...Welch has 7 Top 10s, and 10 Top 25 finishes on the season...Welch now holds the career mark for Top 10 finishes at 13, breaking the tie at 12 with Tasha Browner (1998-2002) after finishing ninth at Pac-10s...Welch is ranked 60th in the Women's Golfstat Cup, an award given to the best female golf performers by Golfstat.com...Welch was honored for the second consecutive year with an all-conference award, being selected to the all-Pac-10 second team.

From Russia With Love: Kostina now has seven consecutive Top 25 finishes since joining the Cougars this spring...those finishes in order are Inland Collegiate (t-2nd), Lady Moc Classic (2nd), Duck Invite (3rd), Bruin Classic (23rd), Dixie Classic (18th), Peg Barnard Collegiate (17th), and at the Pac-10 Championships (16th), ...Kostina is ranked 119th in the Golfweek/Sagarin individual performance index...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...Kostina was honored with an Honorable Mention to the All-conference Team following the Pac-10 Championships.

Be A Cougar Caddie: Follow Cougar Results at the 2003 NCAA West Regional by logging on to wsucougars.com, or checking live scoring of the tournament on Golfstatlive.com.

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