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The men’s and women’s golf teams head to Arizona for the WGC-Accenture.
Published 2/23/2012
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The state of Arizona is busy with golf this next week, with the WGC-Accenture match play happening right now and both Washington State golf teams heading to Arizona on Sunday and Monday.

The WSU men will begin its spring season on Monday in Goodyear, hosting the ReBath Snowman Getaway tournament at the Palm Valley Golf Club.

“We are really excited,” WSU men’s golf coach Garrett Clegg said. “We are tired of playing each other, we want to go down and play against other people.

The team will consist of senior Trent Sanders, redshirt sophomore Kyle Hurt, senior Branden Dalton, redshirt freshman Alex Wagner and freshman Michael Anderson. Sophomore Kent Hagen will be competing in the tournament as an individual.

“The field should be one where we should have some success,” Clegg said. “A lot of the teams are going to be coming from cold weather, so there is going to be a lot of rust on all of our games. Probably miss-hit shots we would normally execute at a high level, so the scores might not be as great as they would be mid-summer, but it will be a good opportunity for all of us to get down there and hopefully we can beat some of these teams.”  

Also in action, the WSU women’s golf team will be at the Westbrook Spring Invitational in Peoria.

“We are looking forward to it, this tournament has a lot of Cougar alumni and supporters that are actually housing the players,” WSU women's golf coach Kelli Kamimura said. “It’s a good opportunity to go out there, play hard and show some Cougar spirit.”

In their first tournament, the team finished 11th at the Wildcat Invitational to begin the spring season. Freshman Kristen Rue led the team at the tournament, finishing in a tie for 26th.

“The girls played well but left some shots out there, which gave us a great opportunity to come back and take advantage of the last couple weeks and work on areas of our game that we needed to focus on,” Kamimura said. “The majority of that was short game, chipping and putting, and we got to spend some great quality time here because the weather has been great here to spend a lot of time around the greens.”

The tournament is hosted by University of Wisconsin, and there will be a variety of teams including Idaho, Kansas State and Illinois.

“We play a tough schedule and this tournament is a tough field,” Kamimura said. “It allows us the opportunity to go out there and beat some teams that we need to, to move up in the rankings. At this point in the season, we are looking forward to a successful spring and I think this tournament really gives us a platform to do that.”

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