Welch Advances to Match Play at U.S. Women's Amateur

Aug. 2, 2005

ROSWELL, Ga. - Former Washington State University women's golfer Kim Welch advanced to the match play round of the United State Women's Amateur Championship at the par 72, 6,341 yard Settindown Creek course of Ansley Golf Club, Tuesday.

Welch shot rounds of 72-75 to finish the two-day stroke play qualifying at 3-over 147 and in a tie for 19th place. As a result of finishing in the top 64 after stroke play qualifying, Welch advances to the match play portion of the event, which begins Wednesday.

During Monday's opening round play, Welch found herself 3-over after six holes but the Sacramento, Calif., native carded three birdies without a bogey the rest of the way to finish the opening round with an even-par 72.

In Tuesday's second round, Welch sustained her even-par play through 16 holes but finished double bogey-bogey to end the day with a 3-over 75. Despite the finish, Welch easily made the cut, which was at 10-over 154.

Korea's In-Kyung Kim shot rounds of 68-71 for a two-day total of 5-under 139 to lead the 156-player field in stroke play qualifying. After Tuesday's second round of stroke play, the field was cut to the low 64 scorers, who advanced to match play. The 36-hole final will be played, Sunday, Aug. 7.

Welch re-wrote the school record book during her four-year career at WSU. A two-time All-American and four-time All-Pac-10, Welch compiled 11 wins, 31 top 10 finishes and 40 top 25 finishes in her WSU career. Additionally, Welch finished in the top 10 in over 60 percent of events played in during her time at WSU.

Welch was one of three Cougars competing at the event and the only one of the trio to advance to match play. Incoming freshman Amy Eneroth of Spokane, Wash. shot rounds of 80-76 to finish at 12-over 156 as did incoming senior Anastasia Kostina (Nakhabino, Russia), who carded rounds of 77 and 79. Both players completed stroke play qualifying tied for 75th, just two shots shy of the cutline.

Kostina was the subject of a feature story by the United States Golf Association, which ran Tuesday on the U.S. Amateur website at www.uswamateur.org

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