Women's Golf Tees Off In The Golden State At The Pepsi Intercollegiate

Oct. 14, 2003

What's Happening This Week: The Washington State women's golf team head down to the Golden State to tee up against familiar competitors in the Stanford Pepsi Invitational in Stanford, Calif. held at the par-72, 6,168 yard Stanford Golf Course...the 54-hole tournament will begin Friday Oct. 17, with the first round teeing off at 8:00 a.m. and play through Sunday, Oct. 19, with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. with 18 holes of play each day.

The Field: The 18-team field will include: Arizona, Arizona State, California, Duke, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Oregon, Oregon State, Pepperdine, San Jose State, Stanford, Texas A & M, Texas Tech, Tulsa, UCLA, Vanderbilt, Washington, and Washington State.

WSU Women At The Stanford Pepsi Collegiate: In 2002, Kim Welch finished in a tie for 33rd... the Cougs finished ahead of Pac-10 rival Oregon, and San Jose State for 15th place.

Head Coach Walt Williams On The Stanford Pepsi Intercollegiate And Team: 'It is a very strong field with six of the 18 teams being ranked among the Top 10 in the nation. It will also be a good test for Kim (Welch) to see how well she does against some of the top players in the country.'

What Happened at the Last Tournament: The Cougars played among some of the top teams and players in the nation at the 22nd Annual Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational at the Sahalee Golf and Country Club, Oct. 6-8...Kim Welch led the team with 15 birdies...Welch carded a 76 (+4) on the course and finished in a tie for fourth, just one spot out of the lead...Welch recorded her 12th Top 5 finish and 16th Top 10 finish in her career at WSU...the Cougars were without the services of Maria and Anastasia Kostina, who are currently not competing while WSU resolves issues with the NCAA regarding their eligibility...the Cougars' competition included three Pre-Season All-Americans by Golfweek and four Top 25 teams in the nation by Golfstat...the women completed the tournament in 14th place.

Leading the Pack: Junior Kim Welch was selected as a 2003-04 Preseason All-American by Golfweek magazine... ranked ninth on the Top 50 female players to watch list for the 2003-04 season by GolfWorld magazine in its Sept. 12 issue... finished fifth at the 2003 NCAA Championships with an 11-over total of 299...as a result of her finish at the NCAAs, she earned a National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) All-American accolades, the first WSU player to garner such an honor... named a 2003 All-Pac-10 second team selection...ranked No. 40 by Golfstat in its 2003 final rankings... earned national College Player of Week honors by GolfWorld magazine for its March 21, 2003 issue...College Player of the Week honors by GolfWorld magazine for its April 5, 2002 issue...earned an All-Pac-10 honorable mention selection in 2002 to become the first freshman in school history to earn all-conference honors...rated as the nation's ninth best freshmen class in Golfstat's freshmen class impact ranking.

Head Cougars: Head Coach Walt Williams is currently in his sixth season with the Cougars...in 2002, he led the women's team to a Top 10 finish at the NCAA West Regionals along with a finish in the Top 25 at the NCAA National Championship...three different golfers have been named All Pac-10 under the coaching of Williams...Assistant Coach Heather Holte is currently in her third season at WSU...Holte played golf at the University of Oregon, where she competed at the NCAA Regionals in 1995 and 1996...Holte is an amateur player at Oregon...Ryan Ressa has been added to the Cougar coaching staff as an assistant coach...Ressa played for the men's golf team last season.

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