Cougar Women Head to Stanford for 2005 Peg Barnard Invitational

April 7, 2005

What's Happening: The Washington State women's golf team will compete in the 2005 Peg Barnard Invitational...36-hole tournament will be held April 9-10 at the par-72, 6,168-yard Stanford Golf Course in Stanford, Calif...results after each day of competition will be posted at

Top 25 Cougars: The Cougars are ranked No. 24 in both the Golfstat women's rankings and the GolfWeek/Sagarin women's team ratings.

The Field: Joining the No. 24 Cougars in the field are Stanford (No. 21), Washington (No. 9), San Francisco, Montana State, UC Irvine, Oregon State, Portland State, Fresno State, Long Beach State, Santa Clara, Denver, Oregon, and San Jose State.

Last Year: Kim Welch captured the individual title at the 2004 Peg Barnard Invitational by one stroke, firing a two-round total of 142 (-2), and leading the Cougars to a fourth place team finish...Anastasia Kostina finished tied for sixth.

Last Time Out: Senior two-time All-American Kim Welch finished in second place at the Oregon Duck Invitational, March 22, leading the team to a fourth place finish...Anastasia Kostina recorded her eighth top 10 finish in only nine tournaments this season.

Welch Triumphs at Thompson Invitational: Welch claimed her 10th career victory with a win at the Donnis Thompson Invitational, March 16...captured her second consecutive triumph at the event with a 54-hole total of 235 (+19)...second win for Welch this spring (won Inland Cup, Feb. 14)...has not finished out of the top six in four tournaments during the spring.

Cougars Capture Team Title at Thompson Invite: Welch's victory at the Thompson spearheaded a 13-stroke win by the Cougars in the team competition...four Cougars finished in the top 13...Jay-Lee Longbottom was second, a stoke behind Welch...sisters Anastasia and Maria Kostina finished 11th and 13th marked second consecutive team title for WSU.

Anastasia Kostina Ranked: Junior Anastasia Kostina is currently ranked No. 17 on the GolfWeek/Sagarin Performance Index...has finished in the top 10 in eight of nine tournaments this 11 in all nine events...recorded her first career tournament victory at the Stanford Women's Intercollegiate...three-round score of 5-under 205 at Stanford was the lowest three-round total in school history...was named GolfWeek Player of the Week, Oct. 23 for her performance at Stanford...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).

Longbottom Making A Mark: Jay-Lee Longbottom's second place effort at the Thompson Invite was her second best finish of her career...was her ninth career top 10 finish...currently has 22 top 25 career efforts...has been in the top 25 in the last five tournaments.
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