Women's Golf Looks to Repeat Title at Pinehurst Challenge

March 11, 2006

What's Happening This Week: The Washington State women's golf caravans cross country to North Carolina to compete at the Pinehurst Challenge., held at the par-72, 5,954 yard Pinehurst No. 8 golf course...Sunday, March 12, and Monday, March 13, will consist of 18-hole tee-time rounds each day...the final round will be played Tuesday, March 14, and will be an 18-hole shotgun start.

The Field: The 20-team field will include (Golfweek Rankings): Arkansas - Little Rock, Charleston Southern, Costal Carolina, College of Charleston, East Carolina, Iowa, Jacksonville State, James Madison, Marshall, Maryland, Miami, Mississippi, UNC Greensboro, UNC Wilmington, Washington State (46), Western Michigan, Winthrop, and Xavier.

Pacific-10 Tops National Rankings: In the most current rankings put out by Golfweek, the women's golf team is currently ranked No.46 nationally...with seven teams in the Pacific-10 ranked in the top-30 nationally, the Pac-10 makes up 30 percent of the teams ranked in the top-20...UCLA leads the conference at No.2...other teams ranked in the top-50 include: No. 3 Arizona State, No.5 USC, No.13 California, No. 15 Stanford, No. 16 Arizona, No. 25 Washington, and No. 35 Oregon...the only Pac-10 team not sitting in the top-50 is No.53 Oregon State.

Cougars At The Pinehurst Challenge: Sisters Anastasia and Maria Kostina each tied for third place shooting 227 (+11), leading the Washington State women's golf team to the team title at the Pinehurst Challenge...tournament marked Anastasia's seventh top eight finish in seven tournaments on the season...All-American Kim Welch finished tied for sixth, shooting 229 (+13)...senior Jay-Lee Longbottom recorded her 20th career top 25 finish, tying for 21st with 238 (+22)...the quartet led WSU to its second team title in three tournaments this spring...the Cougars won the tournament by 21 strokes...the Cougars held a 14 stroke lead heading into the final round, and were able to increase their lead despite weather that brought about an hour and a half rain delay...redshirt sophomore Heather O'Leary shot 251 (+35) to round out the scoring for the Cougars.

Head Coach Walt Williams:

On Repeating Last Years Performance: 'I feel really good about our chances at the Pinehurst Challenge. I think we are a strong contender to repeat, and I fully expect us to make a strong run at the title.'

On Sending a Young Cougar Team: 'We are only sending two girls that have played the course before, and one (Heather O'Leary) is playing as an individual. Four of our five women have never seen the course, but we have good, young players that can definitely figure out the course and perform well.'

What Happened At The Inland Cup (Last Tournament): Washington State shot a single-round combined total of 298, to garner the title for the fourth consecutive year...All-American Anastasia Kostina, fired a 1-under 71 to claw her way to the top of the charts, edging out teammate Amy Eneroth by one stroke to take the title...marked Kostina's 17th top 10 finish, and her 22nd finish in the top 25...Eneroth shot an even 72 on the day to complete the tournament in sole possession of second...marked her second consecutive top 10 finish...seven of the eight women finished the tournament in the top 5...redshirt junior Heather O'Leary and sophomore Brooke Henderson both shot a 76 on the tournament to a tie for third...marked Henderson's first top 10 finish as a Cougar and O'Leary's first one of the season...Stephanie Parsley competed as an individual and completed the single-round tournament in 12th place.

Cougars Caddy For Katrina: Ten Washington State golfers traveled to Seattle, Wash., Oct. 30, to take part in the 'Golf for the Gulf' charity event sponsored by the Seattle based golf radio show 'Tee It Up' on KJR Sports Talk 950AM. The Cougars volunteered as caddies for the event, which raised $8,500 for the Rural Health Clinic of Bayou Le Batre, Ala. The clinic, located just 27 miles south of Mobile, Ala., was wiped out when Hurricane Katrina sent a 25-foot storm surge through Bayou Le Batre. The proceeds from the tournament went directly to the health clinic's restoration efforts.

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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