Women's Golf Team Flies South to Compete at Duck Invitational

March 24, 2006

What's Happening This Week: The Washington State women's golf team flies down to Oregon to face familiar foes at the Duck Invitational, held at the par-72, 6,191 yard Emerald Valley Golf Course...the two-day tournament will begin Monday, March 27, with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. with 36 holes of play and will end with the final 18 holes Tuesday, March 28.

The Field: The 16-team field will include (Golfweek Rankings): Boise State, Fresno State, Idaho, Idaho State, Montana State, New Mexico State (50), Oregon (34), Oregon State, Portland, Portland State, San Diego State, San Francisco, San Jose State (49), Texas - San Antonio, Washington State (46), and Weber State.

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-25 nationally, the Pac-10 makes up 28 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.4 USC, No.12 California, No. 17 Arizona, No. 21 Stanford, No. 25 Washington, and No. 34 Oregon...the only Pac-10 team not sitting in the top-50 is No.56 Oregon State.

Traveling For The Cougars: Washington State takes a group of young Cougars to the sunshine state to compete...leading the pack is senior Anastasia Kostina, followed by sophomore Tracy Broders, with freshmen Jessica Black, Amy Eneroth, and Haley Parsons rounding out the Cougar contingent...this marks Parsons' first collegiate tournament debut.

Cougars At The Duck Invitational (Last Time): Led by a second place finish from senior two-time All-American Kim Welch, the Washington State women's golf team finished in fourth place...Welch just missed capturing her fourth consecutive individual title at the event, finishing one stroke behind Long Beach State's Kay Hoey...Welch finished the tournament with a total of 219 (+3)...junior Anastasia Kostina recorded her eighth top 10 finish in nine tournaments of the season...shooting 223 (+7), Kostina finished in sixth place...senior Jay-Lee Longbottom finished tied for 20th, shooting 233 (+17)...Washington State was among a quartet of Pacific-10 conference schools leading the way at the tournament...the Cougars (No. 23 Golfstat/No. 23 GolfWeek) finished in fourth place shooting 917 (+53)...finished ahead of conference foes University of Washington (No. 2 Golfstat/No. 4 GolfWeek) and Oregon State...senior Maria Kostina shot 242 (+26) and freshman Tracy Broders shot 253 (+37) to round out the scoring for the Cougars

Kostina Ranks Nationally: All-American senior Anastasia Kostina not only tops the charts at Washington State, but nationally as well...she is currently ranked No. 32 in the most recent GolfWeek rankings...Kostina is tied for first with top 10 season finishes (9), second place for career top 10 finishes (18), tied for third for top 25 season finishes (10), and fourth with top 25 career finishes (23) in the Cougar record books.

What Happened At The Pinehurst Challenge (Last Tournament): The Cougars entered the final round of the Pinehurst Challenge in sixth, but battled their way to a fifth place finish, marking their fourth top-5 finish of the season...Kostina finished the three-day tournament in a tie for third, marking her sixth top-10 finish of the season, and the 18th of her career...currently ranks second in the record books for top-10 career finishes...her performance at the Pinehurst Challenge moved her into fifth place with six top-10 finishes in a single season, where she is tied with Cougar great, Kim Welch...freshman Amy Eneroth garnered her third consecutive top-10 finish, completing the 54-hole tournament tied for 10th...Jessica Black finished the tournament in a tie for 44th...Tracy Broders shot a 78, her lowest single round score of the event, to finish in a tie for 59th...redshirt junior Heather O'Leary competed as an individual and finished in a tie for 55th...sophomore Brooke Henderson finished knotted in a tie for 62nd to round out the Cougar contingent.

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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