Cougars Head To California To Compete At The Pac-10 Championships

April 15, 2004

What's Happening This Week: The Washington State women's golf team heads down to California to tee up against familiar competitors in the Pacific-10 Championship in Somis, Calif. held at the par 72 Saticoy Country Club, and carry for 6,405 yards...the three day tournament will begin Monday April 19, continuous tee times start at 8:30 a.m. each day from the first and 10th tees and play through Wednesday, April 21, with 18 holes of play each day.

The Field: The 10 team field will include: Arizona, Arizona State, California, Oregon, Oregon State, Southern California, Stanford, UCLA, Washington, and Washington State.

Live Scoring: Results will be posted on Golfstat's live scoring page and continue throughout the event. Visit for live scoring updates.

Tournament Scoring: The three-round competition will be scored by stroke play. Each team will consist of six golfers. One golfer shall be eligible for the individual championship only, and may not contribute to the team score. Four of the remaining five golfers may score for their team.

Rankings: As of April 12, the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index lists six Pac-10 teams among the nation's top-25: No. 2 UCLA, No. 4 California, No. 9 USC, No. 11 Arizona, No. 13 Washington, and No. 23 Stanford . . . individually, UCLA's Charlotte Mayorkas holds the No. 2 spot, followed by No. 4 Erica Blasberg, Arizona; No. 11 Susie Mathews, UCLA; No. 13 Irene Cho, USC; No. 16 Sarah Huarte, California; No. 19 Sophia Sheridan, California; No. 24 Kim Welch, WSU; No. 25 Paige MacKenzie, Washington; No. 27 Tanya Dergal, USC; No. 34 Veronica Felibert, USC; No. 40 Hannah Jun, UCLA; and Sung Ea Lee, Washington; rounding out the Top-50.

Golfstat has six Pac-10 teams in its top-25 rankings led by No. 2 UCLA...No. 8 Southern California, No. 9 California, No. 10 Arizona, No. 17 Washington, and No. 21 Stanford round out the contingent...Mayorkas holds the No.2 spot in the Golfstat Cup rankings as well leading a group of six conference players in the top-25 (No. 3 Blasberg; No. 8 Welch; No. 9 Mathews; No. 14 MacKenzie; No.18 Huarte; No. 24 Sheridan).

Championship Preview: UCLA enters the tournament as the highest ranked Pac-10 team and boasts the conference's top-ranked individual in junior All-American Charlotte Mayorkas, who is rated No. 2 by GolfWeek (April 5). Other top players include Arizona's Erica Blasberg, Kim Welch of Washington State, Susie Mathews of UCLA, Irene Cho of USC, Sarah Huarte and Sophia Sheridan of California, and Paige MacKenzie of Washington. California is the defending conference champion after winning its first Pac-10 title last season.

Last Year at the 2003 Pacific 10 Championship: California, ranked No. 8 nationally coming in, won its first conference title in the eighth year of its program by five strokes over second place Arizona. Vikki Laing of California captured the individual title by one stroke over Mikaela Parmlid of USC, finishing the tournament averaging an even par 72. Washington State's Kim Welch shot a final round of 70, which was the lowest round posted in the final 18 holes of the tournament. Welch finished ninth and led the Cougars to a seventh place finish. Both the team and Welch's individual finish were the best in school history at the Pac-10 Championship.

Head Coach Walt Williams, on the Pacific 10 Championship and Team: 'I am anxious, but also cautiously optimistic because I have never seen the Saticoy Golf Course and we have not played against many of the teams that are ranked ahead of us, so there is no telling where we stack up against the competition.'

Head Coach Walt Williams, on Junior Kim Welch: 'Although Erica Blasberg and Charlotte Mayorkas may be the favorites coming into the tournament, I think that Kim is eminently capable of winning the tournament. She's my favorite and nothing surprises me anymore. She is a phenomenal player who never ceases to amaze me. Kim continues to go beyond all expectations and play better and better every week, month and year. I am extremely proud of all the accomplishments she's had thus far and am excited about the future. She is something special, no question about it.'

What Happened at the Peg Barnard California Collegiate (Last Tournament): Junior Kim Welch rallied from four behind to earn her the title at the Peg Barnard California Collegiate... Welch dominated the 73-person field as she shot the lowest score of the tournament (68), her lowest single round score of the season and career...Welch finished the 36-hole tournament at 2-under (142)... The Cougars earned a fourth place finish, completing the 36-hole tournament ahead of No. 29 Oregon and No.31 San Francisco...the women bettered their first round score by six during the final round (302+14)...Sophomore Anastasia Kostina finished in a three way tie for sixth...Maria Kostina completed the tournament knotted in a tie for 30th... Jay Lee Longbottom bettered her score by five strokes in the final round, moving her up 10 spots to finish in a tie for 54th...Stephanie Parsley finished in a two way tie for 70th to round out the Cougar contingent.

Kim Welch Receives National Honors: No stranger to the limelight, All-American Kim Welch has earned yet another national honor by being named College Player of the Week by Golfweek Magazine in its March 27 issue.

Welch received this honor as a result of her triumph at the Dr. Donnis Thompson Rainbow Invitational, March 17, at Kaneohe, Hawaii.

Although the junior has received national College Player of the Week honors three times before from GolfWorld magazine, this is the first time that the Sacramento, Calif., native has received national accolades from Golfweek.

For the third time in her collegiate career, Washington State All-American Kim Welch has been recognized with a national honor by GolfWorld magazine.

Welch, who captured national recognition by earning College National Player of Week accolades from GolfWorld in each of the past two seasons, earned the same award for the March 19 issue of the magazine.

The junior from Sacramento, Calif., received the honor as a result of her victory at the Oregon Duck Invitational, March 9 at Eugene, Ore.

The win was the third consecutive victory for Welch at the Duck Invitational with all the triumphs coming at different courses. In addition, Welch's previous GolfWorld honors came as a result of her two preceding wins at the Duck Invite. Only a week earlier, Welch captured the crown for the third consecutive year to help lead the Cougars to their second straight victory at the Duck Invitational at the Eugene Country Club. Welch has now won the Duck Invitational on three separate courses. In 2001, she won at Mallard Creek and at Shadow Hills in 2002.

Welch Leads the Pack: Junior Kim Welch is currently ranked No. 8 by Golfstat in its Women's Cup Rankings...ranked No.24 by Golfweek in its women's individual ratings...earned College National Player of Week accolades from GolfWorld for the March 19 issue of the magazine...received College National Player of Week honors from Golfweek for the March 27 issue of the magazine...garnered her second consecutive win of the season at the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational, March 17...captured the crown for the third consecutive year at the Duck Invitational to help lead the Cougars to their second straight victory, March 9... ranked second nationally for par 5 scoring (4.65) and fourth for sub par strokes per round (3.27) by Golfstat... 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....for more information on her accomplishments, see page four of this release.

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...Ryan Ressa enters his first year as an assistant coach for the Cougars...played for WSU in 2003...posted four top 25 finishes while at Washington State...attended and played for the College of the Desert where he was named the Foothill Conference MVP and earned all-state honors.

Kim Welch 2004 Achievements (as of April 15)

*Five wins this spring, including four in a row...eight career.

*Leads the nation with five individual tournament titles.

*Began spring season with a 12-stroke win at the Islander Spring Classic in Corpus Christi, Texas, Feb. 17.

*Won the Oregon Duck Invitational for the third consecutive year, March 9...entered the final round tied for the lead but buoyed by a final round 1-under 71, captured the event by five shots...has won the event on three different courses...led team to title for second consecutive year.

*Rallied from four shots down to win the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational, March 17...second consecutive win...fired a 1-under 71 to propel her to a two-shot victory over a quartet of players...her 71, which tied for the best final round score in the 51-person field, gave her a 54-hole total of 3-over 219...the average final round score of the six players tied or ahead of Welch entering the final round was 77.

*Captured third straight title of the spring with a three stroke victory at the Mountain View Collegiate at Tucson, Ariz., March 28...led wire-to-wire...first round of 70 was the lowest opening round score in the 89-person field.

*Fourth consecutive title came at the Peg Barnard Collegiate, April 11...once again, rallied to win title...entered final round three shots from lead but fired a final round 4-under 68 to win by round was lowest score in 73-person field.

*The one title that Welch did not win this spring was the 18-hole Inland Collegiate at Richland, Wash...Welch finished in second, two shots behind teammate Jay-Lee Longbottom.

*GolfWorld Player of the Week for the publication's March 19 issue in recognition of Duck Invite victory...third such honor bestowed to Welch in her career by the magazine.

*Golfweek Player of the Week for the March 27 issue of the magazine...recognized for victory at Thompson Invite...first player of the week accolade for Welch by the magazine.

*Has posted no worse than a sixth place finish in her last eight tournaments...holds school record with 28 career top 25 finishes...23 of those have been top 10 finishes, also a school record....finished in top 25 in all 10 tournaments played thus far in 2003-04.

*Rated No. 8 in April 7 & 14 Golfstat Cup standings...highest a Cougar golf (man or woman) has ever been No. 24 in April 12 Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.
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