Men Face Last Test Before Pac-10 Championships
April 15, 2004
What's Happening This Week: The Washington State men's golf team head to Stanford, Calif. for the U.S. Intercollegiate that takes place April 17-18 at the Stanford Golf Course, a par 71 and 6,835 yard course...teams will play a total of 54 holes, with 36 holes Saturday and the final 18 Sunday...teams will tee off at 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start both days.
The Field: The 18 team field will include: Fresno State, Oregon, Oregon State, Long Beach State, UC Irvine, California, UC Riverside, San Diego, San Diego State, Santa Clara, Stanford, UCLA, San Jose State, San Francisco, Washington State, Texas, Portland, and Pacific.
WSU Men At The U.S. Intercollegiate: The Cougars are making their fifth consecutive visit to the U.S. Intercollegiate after posting an eighth place finish in 2003 and a fifth place finish in 2002...current assistant coach Ryan Ressa posted his highest finish of the year last season finishing with a 3-under 210 and in eighth place...Ryan Camp is making his fourth trip to the tournament where he has improved his score and position every year...Chad Carlson is the only other member of the team to have competed in this event.
Head Coach Walt Williams, On The U.S. Intercollegiate And Team: 'This is a strong field and the course has become a lot harder. The greens are much faster and the rough is much taller than it normally is. If we don't hit the ball straight it will be very difficult. I expect Ryan Camp to play well because he does hit the ball straight and is a good putter. He has relaxed and is playing like himself again. Jordan Madison is also playing the best he has all spring right now. Kevin Chen has been hitting the ball well. Both Chad Carlson and Matt Fladwood are capable of shooting low rounds at anytime. With this being our last tournament before the Pac-10 Championships, we are looking to finish on a high note, gain some confidence, and just get back to playing golf like we can again.'
What Happened Last Tournament: The Cougars finished 15th in the Bite Pacific Coast Intercollegiate April 5-6, at Lompoc, Calif...Ryan Camp just missed another top 25 finish with a 30th place tie...Chad Carlson tied for 32nd and Kevin Chen tied for 39th.
Young Guns: With three freshmen consistently playing in the scoring five for the Cougars, WSU is currently ranked 23rd in Golfstat's freshmen class impact national rankings...Chen recently fired the school record low round of 64 March 15 in the Bearkat Classic at Sam Houston, Texas.
Head Cougars: Coach Walt Williams is in his sixth year as head coach at WSU...in 2002, Williams was selected as Pac-10 Coach of the Year while leading his team to the NCAA West Regionals...Williams has helped four different golfers earn All Pac-10 honors and has had five different earn All Pac-10 Academic honors...assistant coach Heather Holte is in her third year at WSU...Holte played Pac-10 golf for the University of Oregon and graduated in 1997...she is now an amateur player at Oregon...Ryan Ressa has been added to the Cougar coaching staff as an assistant this year...Ressa played for WSU in the 2002-03 season.