Cougar Women Head to Tucson for 2005 Mountain View Collegiate

March 25, 2005

What's Happening: The Washington State women's golf team heads to Tucson, Ariz., to compete in the Mountain View Collegiate, March 26-27...hosted by the University of Colorado...54-hole tournament held at the par-72, 5,982-yard Mountain View Golf Course.

Top 25 Cougars: The Cougars are ranked No. 23 in both the Golfstat team rankings and the GolfWeek women's team ratings.

The Field: Joining the Cougars (No. 23) at the tournament will be host team Colorado, Colorado State, Boise State, Denver, Idaho, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Louisville, Missouri (No. 15), Nebraska, Northern Arizona, Northwestern, Portland State, and San Jose State.

Last Year: Kim Welch won the 2004 Mountain View Collegiate, three strokes clear of second place finishers Emily Hoeper of Denver and Jenna Wilson of San Diego State...Welch was the only player in the field under par, firing a three-round total of 214 (-2).

Last Week at Duck Invitational: Senior two-time All-American Welch finished in second place, shooting 219 (+3)...junior Anastasia Kostina recorded another top 10 finish (her eighth this season in nine tournaments), shooting 223 (+7)...senior Jay-Lee Longbottom recorded her 22nd career top 25 finish with a total of 233 (+17)...trio led Cougars to a fourth place team finish.

Anastasia Kostina Ranked: Junior Anastasia Kostina is currently ranked No. 21 in the Golfstat Cup Standings. Kostina has finished in the top eight in eight out of nine tournaments this season. She recorded her first career tournament victory at the Stanford Women's Intercollegiate. The three-round score of 5-under 205 at Stanford was the lowest three-round total in school history. Kostina was named GolfWeek Player of the Week, Oct. 23 for her performance at Stanford. Kostina also represented her home country of Russia at the Women's World Amateur Team Championships where she finished in eighth place.

Welch Preseason Accolades: Welch was named a GolfWeek Preseason All-American for the second consecutive year in the magazine's Sept. 4, issue. Welch holds Washington State records for career tournament victories (9), the three best single season scoring averages in WSU history (73.9, 74.8, and 76.1), career top 10 finishes (27), career top 25 finishes (35), top 10 finishes in a season (9), and top 25 finishes in a season (11-twice).
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