Cougars Look To Heat Up The Competition At Donnis Thompson Invite

March 12, 2004

What's Happening This Week: The Washington State women's golf team travels to warmer climate to compete at the Donnis Thompson Invitational in Kaneohe, HI...the 54 hole tournament will be held at the par 72, 5,574yard Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course ...the two day tournament will begin Tuesday March 16, with 36-holes of play and play through Wednesday, March 17, with the final round of 18.

The Field: The 11-team field will include: Arkansas State, Hawai'i, Iowa, Nevada, New Mexico, Osaka Gakuin, Pepperdine, San Diego State, TCU, Washington State, and Weber State.

Kim Welch Three-Peats, Cougars Repeat Titles At Duck Invitational (Last Tournament): 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... Welch and Maria Kostina, who both shot final rounds of 1-under 71, gave the Cougs a one shot victory over host Oregon...Welch finished the 54-hole event 2-over 218 for the tournament...she has now won the Duck Invitational on three separate courses...this 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 her fifth individual titleincluding the Lady Vandal (2001), Duck Invitational (2002, 2003, and 2004) and the Islander Spring Classic (2004)... three of the Cougars finished the tournament in the top 5... Maria Kostina shot a moved up five spots to finish in fourth place... Anastasia Kostina fired a personal best of 73 to sit in a tie for fifth... Jay-Lee Longbottom finished knotted in a tie for 17th, earning her 15th top 25 career finish... Stephanie Parsley carded her lowest single round score of the tournament to tie for 29th.

Head Coach Walt Williams on Their Performance at the Duck Invite: 'It is unbelievable. For us to beat Oregon on its home course is very exciting. Kim, Maria, and Ana played spectacularly. I am very proud of these kids. 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.'

Leading the Pack: Junior Kim Welch is currently ranked No. 17 by Golfstat in its Women's Cup Rankings...ranked No. 57 by Golfweek in its women's individual ratings...ranked third nationally for par 5 scoring (4.69) and fourth for sub par strokes per round (3.69) by Golfstat...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 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 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

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