Welch Tied For Fifth Heading Into Final Round Of NCAA Championships

May 22, 2003

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Washington State sophomore Kim Welch is tied for fifth after 54 holes of the NCAA Women's Golf Championships at the Kampen Golf Course at the Birck Boilermaker Complex.

Welch shot a 5-over-par 77 in Thursday's third round to move her to 9-over-par overall (225), five shots off the pace set by Mikaela Parmlid of USC and Florida's Andrea Vander Lende, who both stand at 4-over-par 220.

Welch entered the third round holding sole possession of second place but quickly found trouble as she took a triple bogey on the par-3 second hole after finding the water on her tee shot.

Welch would have four bogeys matched by a birdie and four pars over the next nine holes but the Sacramento, Calif. native rebounded to play her final seven holes at 1-under par.

As a team, the Cougars improved on their team score once again shooting 310. That was 11 shots better than their second round score and a 33-shot improvement over the first round. WSU enters tomorrow's final round in 23 rd place, five shots ahead of Wisconsin.

Maria Kostina shot a 77 while Stephanie Parsley and Jay-Lee Longbottom each carded a 78. Ashleigh Gilhuly rounded out the contingent with a 90.

The Cougars will begin the final round from the 10th tee at 8 a.m. Central Standard Time. Welch is scheduled to begin her round at 8:40 a.m. CST.


Kim Welch (5-over-par (77) to move to 9-over-par 225)

(on the third round) 'I felt good out there but I just wasn't striking the ball very well until there were four or five holes to go. The last seven holes I think I played 1-under. I tried to get it back. I shot 77 today but that should still keep me in it.'

Coach Walt Williams

(on the team's performance in the third round) 'Four rounds in the 70's is definitely an improvement. We're starting to get a little nicer weather so everybody is playing better. We're not moving up much because everybody is playing better too. The team is starting to get a little better feel for the golf course. They've been around it five days in a row now so they are getting an idea about where to hit and where not to hit it. I was pleased we got four rounds in the 70's today. I think they are very capable of doing that and I believe they will play well tomorrow.'

(on Welch's round) 'She didn't hit it quite as well as she had the first two days but she still hit it for the most part well. The shots that she missed were in a little tougher places to get it up and down from and she made a few bogeys. She had the bad hole on the second, which kind of hurts but she recovered from that really well. She made quite a few pars. Coming down the stretch she hit the ball really well. After the 12th hole she really didn't hit a bad shot. She's not out of position to win this if she has a good round tomorrow.'

NCAA Championships
May 20-23
Kampen Golf Course at the Birck Boilermaker Complex
West Lafayette, Ind.
Par 72, 6,225 yards
After 3 of 4 rounds

WSU Results:
2. Kim Welch (76-72-77, - 225 +9), T109. Maria Kostina (89-81-77 - 247 +31), T119. Stephanie Parsley (89-84-78 - 251 +35), 122. Jay-Lee Longbottom (94-84-78 - 256, +40). 124. Ashleigh Gilhuly (89-85-90 -264, +48).

Team Results:
1. USC 901 (+37), 2. Pepperdine 908 (+44), 3. Oklahoma State 912 (+48), 4. Texas 917 (+53) 5. Florida 918 (+54), 6. Auburn 920 (+56), 7. Ohio State 921 (+57), 8. UCLA 924 (+60), 9. Duke 926 (+62), 10. Arizona 927 (+63), 11. Purdue 929 (+65), 12. Georgia 934 (+70), 13. California 936 (+72) 14. Vanderbilt 938 (+74), 15. Kent State 939 (+75), 16. Arizona State 940 (+76), 17. North Carolina 942 (+78), 18. Stanford 944 (+80), 19. South Carolina 945 (+81), 20. Tulsa 949 (+85), 21. 21. Florida State 953 (+89), 22. Nebraska 967 (+103), 23. Washington State 974 (+110), 24. Wisconsin 979 (+115).

Top Five Individuals:
T1. Mikaela Parmlid, USC (77-73-70 - 220, +4), T1. Andrea Vander Lende, Florida (77-74-69 - 220, +4), 3. Annie Thurman, Oklahoma State (73-74-74 - 221, +5), Three players tied for fifth at +9 (225) including Kim Welch, Washington State (76-72-77 - 225, +9).

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