Cougars Travel To California To Compete At NCAA West Regional

May 3, 2004

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What's Happening This Week: The Washington State women's golf team travels to California to face some of the nation's best teams at the NCAA West Regional in Stanford, Calif., May 6-8...the regional will be held at the par 72, 6,159 yard Stanford Golf Course ...the 54-hole tournament begins Thursday, May 6 with continuous tee times starting at 7:30 a.m. each day from the first and 10th tees, with 18 holes of play each day... the top eight teams and two individuals will qualify for the NCAA Championships May 18-21 hosted by Auburn University.

The Field: The 21-team field will include: UCLA, Ohio State, California, Georgia, Texas, Washington, Stanford, Pepperdine, Arizona State, Oregon, San Francisco, New Mexico, San Diego State, San Jose State, Brigham Young, Texas Tech, Denver, Washington State, Portland State, Cal State Northridge, and Oral Roberts.

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

Rankings: Golfstat has eight of the 21 teams at the West Regional in its top-25 rankings led by No. 2 UCLA, No. 6 Ohio State, No. 7 California, No. 11 Texas, No. 15 Georgia, No. 18 Washington, No. 20 Stanford, and No. 25 Pepperdine . . . individually, UCLA's Charlotte Mayorkas holds the No. 2 spot, followed by No. 5 Allison Hanna, Ohio State; No. 7 Kristen White, Ohio State; No. 8 Kim Welch, Washington State; No. 13 Susie Mathews, UCLA; No. 16 Carolina Llano, Pepperdine; No. 20 Krystal Shearer, UCLA; No. 22 Sarah Huarte, California; No. 23 Paige MacKenzie, Washington; No. 29 Sophia Sheridan, California; No. 32 Janice Olivencia, Texas; No. 33 Elizabeth Allen, Cal State Northridge; No.34 Hannah Jun, UCLA; No. 36 Sung Ea Lee, Washington; No. 37 Kristi Larsen, San Francisco; No. 38 Whitney Wade, Georgia; and No. 50 Ashley Gomes, San Jose State; rounding out the Top-50.

As of April 26, the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index lists seven teams in the tournament among the nation's top-25: No. 2 UCLA, No. 3 California, No. 4 Ohio State, No. 7 Georgia, No. 12 Washington, No. 15 Texas, and No. 23 Stanford round out the contingent...individually, Mayorkas holds the No. 2 spot, as well as leading a group of a group of 10 players in the top-25 (No. 6 Allison Hanna, Ohio State; No. 7 Kristen White, Ohio State; No. 13 Susie Mathews, UCLA; No. 17 Sarah Huarte, California; No. 18 Carolina Llano, Pepperdine; No. 19 Sophia Sheridan, California; No. 21 Janice Olivencia, Texas; No. 24 Kim Welch, Washington State; No. 25 Hannah Jun, UCLA).

Last Year at the 2003 NCAA West Regional: The Cougars garnered a spot to the national championships as a result of placing as one of the top eight teams...WSU finished seventh... finished ahead of 10 teams rated higher in the Golfstat poll... WSU was led by the second place effort of Welch...was one of only three individuals to end the 54-hole event under par... Welch tied for second in a 106-player field... Maria Kostina carded a final round 75 to finish in a tie for 34th...Jay-Lee Longbottom posted her second consecutive 76 to finish in a tie for 61st... Ashleigh Gilhuly and Stephanie Parsley both finished in a tie for 86th.

Head Coach Walt Williams on the impact of making it to the 2004 NCAA West Regional: 'I am excited that we have made it to the NCAA West Regional for the third year in row. By making it in four of the last five years shows that this program is on the rise. It proves that we really are a force in the West.'

Head Coach Walt Williams on the team and course: 'We have played the course several times which will definitely help out our play, but many of the other teams are also familiar with the course. Kim Welch won the last tournament we played at Stanford, while Anastasia Kostina finished in the top 10. If we come out and hit on all cylinders, we can compete with the best of them. '

What Happened at the Pacific-10 Conference Championship (Last Tournament): All-American Kim Welch jumped 13 spots during the final round to finish the tournament in a tie with teammate Anastasia Kostina for 14th...Welch shot the second lowest round of the day with a 73, knocking six shots off of her second round score and making the largest move on the leader board... Maria Kostina moved up two spots to end the tournament knotted in a tie for 39th... As a team, the Cougars shot a 315 during the final round of 18 and finished the tournament in ninth place, 25 shots ahead of Oregon State.

What Happened last time at the Stanford Golf Course (Peg Barnard California Collegiate, April 10-11): 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.

Welch and Kostina Earn All-Conference Honors: Welch became the first female golfer to be named to the All-Pac-10 First Team, and only the second golfer in school history to garner such an honor (Dustin White, 2002).

'Being named to the All-Pac-10 First team is a tremendous honor for Kim,' Williams said. 'With six Pac-10 teams and seven players being ranked among the top 25 in the nation, for her to be named to the first team, it really shows the amount of strength she has. She has continued to play well and has proved that she is more than deserving to earn this honor.'

However, Welch isn't the only Cougar receiving national recognition on the course. Sophomore Anastasia Kostina earned an All-Pac-10 honorable mention selection after finishing in the top 15 at the Pac-10 Championship held at the par 72, 6,405 yard Saticoy Country Club in Somis, Calif., Wednesday.

'This is quiet an accomplishment for Anastasia to be named an All-Pac-10 honorable mention,' Williams said. 'It proves that she is an amazingly talented player and that there are a number of people who truly have respect for her game.'

Kostina, a native of Nakhabino, Russia joined the Cougars this fall to play along side of her older sister Maria. Kostina, who tied with teammate Kim Welch for 14th place at the Pac-10 Championship, sits second to Welch (73.9) for having the lowest scoring average on the team (76.7). In addition to her top 15 finish at the Pac-10 Championship, Kostina garnered four other top 25 finishes, with three of those being in the top 10.

Welch Leads the Pack: Junior Kim Welch was named to the 2004 All-Pac-10 First Team... earned College National Player of Week accolades from GolfWeek for the April 17 issue of the magazine 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 Coach Walt Williams: 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.

Kim Welch 2004 Achievements (as of May 3)

*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.

*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 April 17 issue of the magazine...recognized for victory at Peg Barnard Collegiate...second player of the week accolade for Welch by the magazine.

*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 24 Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.

*Named to the All-Pac-10 First Team in 2004.
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