Cougars Take First Look At Kampen Golf Course At NCAA Championships

May 18, 2003

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The first of two practice rounds is in the books for the Washington State Cougars at the NCAA Women's Golf Championships.

On a day that began cool, overcast, and breezy and ended with the sun finally making a long awaited, albeit brief, appearance, the Cougars received their first look at the par 72, 6,300 yard Kampen Course at the Birck Boilermaker Complex, Sunday.

The team has one final opportunity to scrutinize the course Monday before the first round of the championship begins, Tuesday.

WSU arrived in Indianapolis, Saturday at 2:15 p.m. local time. After checking into the hotel and taking a brief rest, the Cougars traveled to NCAA headquarters in downtown Indianapolis for the championship welcome banquet. After the banquet, the team enjoyed a tour of the NCAA Hall of Champions.

WSU departed Indianapolis for West Lafayette at 8 a.m. Central Standard Time, Sunday. The Cougars headed straight for the course to make their 10:10 a.m. tee time at the 10th hole. After the practice round the team continued its preparation for the championship at the driving range. The Cougars were the last school in the 24-team field to depart the complex at 6 p.m.

The Cougars begin Monday's practice round at 9:50 a.m. CST on the first tee. WSU will open the championship, Tuesday at 8:10 a.m. CST from the 10th tee.

Player Quotes:

Ashleigh Gilhuly

(on the course) 'I really liked the course. It played a little long at times but it was really nice. It was not like any course I have ever played. There were a lot of bunkers and a lot of water. I think it will be interesting and a lot of fun.'

(on what she wants to accomplish in Tuesday's practice round) 'I really want to work on placing my drives because that is definitely something you have to do out there.'

Maria Kostina

(on the course) 'It's a much harder course than we are used to playing during the season. It is longer and there are some difficult driving holes.'

(on what she wants to accomplish in Tuesday's practice round) 'By playing the course the second time you can notice things you didn't notice the day before.'

Jay-Lee Longbottom

(on the course) 'It's challenging but if you place it in the right spot there is a lot of room in those spots. Overall, I think it is a fantastic course to play.'

(on what she wants to accomplish in Tuesday's practice round) 'I want to play more to the pins. The greens are very big and I think that's going to be a huge difference on some holes whether the pins are in the front or in the back.'

Stephanie Parsley

(on the course) 'I thought it was in great condition. The greens were running pretty well.'

Kim Welch

(on the course) 'I like it. It's probably the longest course we've played all year. There are a ton of waste bunkers out there so it is going to be important to hit it straight off the tee. I think that is going to be key for all of us.'

(on what she wants to accomplish in Tuesday's practice round) 'I'm going to hit a lot of balls out of the rough and hit a lot out of the bunkers - just trouble shots. I don't hope to be there but just in case I am I'll be ready.'

Coach Walt Williams

(on the course) 'I am a big fan of Pete Dye golf courses. It's very much a high risk and reward type golf course, which I really like. I think it forces kids to make decisions. Sometimes there not good ones and sometimes they are but it's exciting. It's definitely hard. There is a lot of junk to get into around the sides and a lot of undulation around the greens. It's a very challenging golf course but I think it will be fun for everybody.'

(on how the course sets up for the team) 'I don't think it is going to hurt us. Kim is long enough that she is going to be able to attack some of the holes. Jay and Maria hit it a little shorter so they won't be as apt to take chances but they both have very good short games. If they miss the greens they will be able to get it up and down. Stephanie hit it really well today and Ashleigh hit some good shots as well so I was very encouraged by that.'

(on tomorrow's practice round) 'I just want them to get a little better feel for the golf course. One of the good things about Pete Dye courses is they have a lot of places where you can take chances but they also generally have a bailout area where you can hit it and be safe. I want them to try locating all of those spots and getting a little better feel for the chips around the greens and things like that. Otherwise, I think they are ready to play.'

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