Kim Welch Three-Peats, Cougars Repeat Titles At Duck Invitational

March 9, 2004

EUGENE, Ore. - Two-time defending medalist Kim Welch captured the crown for the third consecutive year to help lead the Cougars to their second straight victory at the Duck Invitational on the par-72, 5,968 yard Eugene Country Club, Tuesday.

The Cougars were led by the performances of Welch and Maria Kostina who both shot final rounds of 1-under 71 to give the Cougs a one shot victory over host Oregon, which is currently ranked No. 26 in Golfstat's current rankings. Welch and Kostina's score marked the lowest final round score in the 51-person field.

'It is unbelievable,' WSU Head Coach Walt Williams said, 'To beat Oregon on its home course is very exciting. Kim, Maria, and Ana played spectacularly. I am very proud of these kids.'

Welch, who entered the final round tied for the lead, captured the tournament by five shots. She finished the 54-hole event 2-over 218 for the tournament. Welch has now won the Duck Invitational on three separate courses. In 2001, she won at Mallard Creek and last year the Sacramento, Calif., native captured the title at Shadow Hills.

Welch's victory marked her 25th top 25 career finish, earning her the top spot in the WSU record books by surpassing Jennifer Dodd's previous record of 24 career finishes. This marks Welch's fifth individual title including the Lady Vandal (2001), Duck Invitational (2002, 2003, and 2004) and the Islander Spring Classic (2004).

The Cougars final round of 296 was only 1-shot away from tying their single round scoring record of 295. Coincidentally, the single round scoring record was set last year at the Duck Invite.

Three of the Cougars finished the tournament in the top 5. With her final round Maria Kostina shot a moved up five spots to finish in fourth place, while sister Anastasia Kostina fired a personal best of 73 to move up four spots to sit in a tie for fifth.

'I said before the tournament that it would be neat to repeat and for Kim the get a three-peat. Kim blew them away at the end,' Williams added.

Junior Jay-Lee Longbottom finished the 54-hole tournament knotted in a tie for 17th, earning her 15th top 25 career finish. Longbottom now sits in fifth place in the WSU record books for top 25 career finishes, just one win from tying Jill Johnson, who currently sits in fourth with 16. Sophomore Stephanie Parsley carded her lowest single round score of the tournament, moving her up two spots to tie for 29th.

Competing unattached, Heather O'Leary finished in a tie for 43rd, while Ashleigh Gilhuly shot her best round of the tournament finishing tied for 47th.

Duck InvitationalMarch 8-9, 2004Par 72, 5,968 yardsEugene Country Club, Eugene, Ore.Final Results

WSU Results: 1. Kim Welch (73-74-71 - 218, +2), 4. Maria Kostina (77-79-71 -227, +11), T5. Ana Kostina (77-79-73 - 229, +13), T17. Jay-Lee Longbottom (79-79-81 -239, +23), T27. Stephanie Parsley (84-82-81 - 247, +31), T43. *Heather O'Leary (89-84-88 - 261, +45), 48. *Ashleigh Gilhuly (89-90-84 - 263, +47)

Team Results: 1. WSU (308-309-296 - 913, +49), 2. Oregon (315-298-301 - 914, +50), 3. Portland State (319-315-311 - 945, +81), T4. Long Beach (325-317-317 - 959, +95), T4. CSU-Northridge (324-317-318 - 959, +95), 6. Santa Clara (320-333-324 - 977, +113), 7. Idaho (330-331-319 - 980, +116), 8. British Columbia (339-336-330 - 1005, +141), Portland (344-346-353- 1043, +179)

Top Five Individuals: 1. Kim Welch, WSU (73-74-71 -218, +2), T2. Therese Wenslow, Oregon (77-72-74 - 223, +7), T2. Elizabeth Allen, Northridge (73-74-76 - 223, +7), 4. Maria Kostina (77-79-71 -227, +11), T5. Bolee Kim, Long Beach (81-71 - 152, +8), T5. Ana Kostina (77-79-73 - 229, +13)
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