Women's Golf Travels to the Golden State to Tee-Off Against Nation's Best

Oct. 18, 2005

What's Happening This Week: The Washington State women's golf team caravans down to the Golden State to compete against some of the nation's top competitors at the Stanford Pepsi Invitational in Stanford, Calif., held at the par-70, 5,853 yard Stanford Golf Course...the tournament will begin Friday, Oct. 21, and conclude Sunday, Oct. 23, with 18-holes being played each day...each round of the three day tournament will have tee times beginning at 7:30 a.m.

The Field: The 20-team field will include (Golfweek Rankings): Arizona (23), Arizona State (5), California (21), UCLA (4), Duke (1), High Point, New Mexico (16), UNLV (15), Oregon (27), Oregon State, Pepperdine (7), San Jose State, Stanford (26), USC (14), Texas A&M (11), Texas Tech, Tulsa (43), Vanderbilt (9), Washington (35), and Washington State.

WSU Women At The Stanford Pepsi Collegiate: Last season, Anastasia Kostina captured her first career tournament win, finishing at 5-under...as a team the Cougars finished in sixth place, ahead of Golfstat top-25 teams (then rankings): New Mexico (10), Tulsa (24), Texas (11), and Southern California (21)...in 2003, All-American Kim Welch finished at 3-under in a tie for sixth...as a team, the Cougars shot its lowest score of the tournament in the third round with a 309 and finished in 17th place...the Cougs were facing arguably the toughest field they had seen yet with six teams ranked in the Top 10 nationally...then sophomore Kim Welch finished in a tie for 33rd in 2002...the Cougs finished ahead of Pac-10 rival Oregon, and San Jose State for 15th place.

Pacific-10 Tops National Rankings: In the most current rankings put out by Golfweek, the women's golf team is currently ranked No.52 nationally...with seven teams in the Pacific-10 ranked in the top-30 nationally, the Pac-10 makes up 20 percent of the teams ranked in the top-25...UCLA leads the conference at No.4...other teams ranked in the top-50 include: No.5 Arizona State, No.14 USC, No.21 California, No. 23 Arizona, No. 26 Stanford, No. 27 Oregon, and No. 35 Washington...the only Pac-10 teams not sitting in the top-50 include: No.51 Oregon State.

What Happened At The Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational (Last Tournament): All-American Anastasia Kostina garnered her 15th career top-10 finish...Kostina finished the tournament in a three-way tie for ninth...this marked her third consecutive top-10 finish of the season...Kostina opened the season finishing in tie for sixth at the Oregon State Invitational, Sept. 14, and garnered her second top-10 finish when she tied for third at the Heather Farr Memorial Invitational, Oct. 4...Amy Eneroth completed the three-day tournament tied at 28th, finishing just two shots out of the top-25...Brooke Henderson completed the 54-hole tournament at 67th...sophomore Tracy Broders shot her lowest round of the event in the final round to earn a 68th place finish...teammate Stephanie Parsley ended the tournament at 70th to round out the Cougar contingent...as a team, the Cougars finished tied for 12th.

Young Pack of Women Joins The Cougar Family: The Washington State women's golf team welcomed five freshmen and a transfer to the Cougar family in the off-season...the Cougs welcome freshmen Jessica Black (Bend Ore.), Amy Eneroth (Spokane, Wash.), twin sisters Mandy and Haley Parsons (Spokane, Wash.), and walk-on Jill Quinn (Everson, Wash.)...Eneroth, who was a Women's Junior Golf Association (WJGA) Player of the Year in 2004, competed at the U.S. Women's Amateur with fellow Cougar Anastasia Kostina...Brooke Henderson, a sophomore transfer from Eastern Washington, also joins the Cougars.

Cougars Heat Up Summer Competition: Over the summer, senior Anastasia Kostina (Nakhabino, Russia) and incoming freshman Amy Eneroth of Spokane, Wash., competed at the United States Women's Amateur Championship...Eneroth shot rounds of 80-76 to finish at 12-over 156 as did Kostina, who carded rounds of 77 and 79...both players completed stroke play qualifying tied for 75th, just two shots shy of the cutline...along with Kostina and Eneroth, WSU's Ami Larson and Tracy Broders also competed at the event.

Cougars Top The Charts Off The Course: The Washington State women's golf team was recognized by the National Golf Coaches Association for having the fourth highest team GPA with a 3.625 during the 2004-05 season...outgoing seniors Jay-Lee Longbottom and Maria Kostina, and returning Cougar, Anastasia Kostina, were named to the National Golf Coaches Association Division I All-American Scholar Team for their academic accomplishments during the 2004-05 season...this recognition marked Longbottom's third straight all-scholar team honor, Maria's second consecutive selection, and Anastasia's first team appearance.

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