Men's Golf Travels to Lonestar State for Border Olympics

March 16, 2006

What's Happening This Week: The Washington State men's golf team travels to the Lonestar State this week to compete in the Border Olympics held at the par-72, 7,241 yard Laredo Country Club at Laredo, Texas...the 54-hole tournament begins with 36 holes on Friday, March 17...concludes Saturday with the final 18 holes, March 18.

The Field: The 15 team field includes eight teams named to Golfstat's weekly top-100: Arkansas-Little Rock, Baylor (10), Lamar (40), Louisiana-Lafayette, Memphis (92), New Mexico State (70), North Texas, Notre Dame (48), Rice, South Alabama, Southeastern Louisiana (74), Texas-Arlington, Texas State, University of Houston (41), UTEP and Washington State University (75).

Traveling for the Cougars: Five Cougars will be traveling to Texas this week: junior Kevin Chen, sophomore Jordan Mason, senior Ryan Witz, redshirt junior Jordan Madison, and junior Chris Collins.

Last Time Out: Washington National Championship: Four Cougars finished in the top 10 at the Washington National Championship held at the par-72, 7,039 yard Washington National Golf Course at Auburn, Wash...sophomore Jordan Mason garnered his best finish as a Cougar ending the 54 hole tournament in third place...junior Kevin Chen placed seventh, marking his seventh career top-10 effort...redshirt junior Jordan Madison and senior Ryan Witz tied for ninth... the Cougars as a whole placed second.

Madison Continues to Climb: Redshirt junior Jordan Madison's ninth place finish at the Washington National Championship moved him one finish closer to third place on WSU's list of career top-10 finishes...sits in sole possession of fourth with has 15 top-25 efforts moving him into a two-way tie for sixth on WSU's list of career top-25 finishes.

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...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...proceeds from the tournament went directly to the health clinic's restoration efforts.

Washington State Men's Golf Notes:
--Washington State University is currently ranked 75th by Golfstat, Inc. and 91st by Golfweek.
--Senior Ryan Witz has finished in the top 10 in all three spring tournaments, including a sixth place finish at the Thunderbird Invite, Feb.13-14, 2006.
--Junior Chris Collins has five top-10 finishes and seven top-25 efforts as a Cougar after his sixth place finish at the Inland Cup...four top-10 finishes and five top-25 finishes have come during the 2005-06 season.
--The Cougar's second place finish at the Washington National Championship marks fifth top-5 finish of the season...took the title at the Inland Cup, Feb. 27...three came during the five fall tournaments: Northwest Collegiate (T3rd), Cardinal Intercollegiate (3rd) and the Del Walker Intercollegiate (3rd).

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