Feb. 27, 2003
Texas A&M Verizon ?Mo?morial
Blackhorse Golf Club
Dates: March 3-4
The Field: Arkansas, Baylor, BYU, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas State, Kent State, Kentucky, Louisville, McLennan CC, Nebraska, N. Carolina State, Northwestern, SMU, TCU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Tulane, UTEP
Kansas State travels south to Houston, Texas, for the ninth-annual Verizon Texas A&M ?Mo?morial tournament, March 3-4. The 54-hole, two-day event will be played at the par-72, 6,069-yard Blackhorse Golf Club. The strong 19-team field features Big 12 opponents Baylor, Nebraska, Texas A&M and Texas Tech. The ?Cats will also face top-20 teams in Tulane (15) and Indiana (16). The field plays 36 holes on Monday and 18 holes on Tuesday with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. each day.
If it isn't broke...
K-State takes the same lineup into the ?Mo?morial tournament as it had in the Central District Classic, where the ?Cats tied for third. Seniors Miranda Smith and Elise Carpentier, juniors Christine Boucher and Karen Quintelier and sophomore Sarah Heffel make up K-State's five-member lineup.
This is K-State's sixth trip to the ?Mo?morial tournament. Last year's tournament was reduced from 54 holes to 36 due to winter-like conditions, which delayed first-day tee times. The Wildcats finished 13th in the tournament, carding a 661 (332-329). Christine Boucher finished on top for the Wildcats, shooting 155 (76-79) to tie for eighth.
The ?Mo?morial tournament was established in memory of former A&M standout golfer, Monica Welsh. Welsh, who was a four-year letterwinner from 1978-1982, died in a car accident in 1992. Texas A&M has won the tournament four times. Ohio State won the team title last year.
Solid first outing
In its opening tournament of the spring season, the Kansas State women's golf team tied for third place at the Central District Classic at the River Wilderness Golf Club. The Wildcats carded a 305 in the final round to post a combined score of 923 (306-312-305). Senior Miranda Smith tied for ninth place, carding a 226 (77-77-72). Junior Christine Boucher finished tied for 12th place, shooting a 228 (75-75-78). Ohio State won the team title by six strokes, shooting a combined score of 909 (312-306-291). Baylor placed second, carding a 915. Texas A&M tied K-State for third place. According to Golfstat national rankings, the Wildcats are currently ranked No. 38.
Smith Steps Up
Senior Miranda Smith stepped up for the Wildcats in their first spring tournament. She led K-State by placing ninth, carding a 226 (77-77-72). She shot an even-par in the third round to move up eight spots from the first day of golf. Smith birdied three of her first six holes. The senior has been the low Wildcat in two tournaments this year.
Big 12 Star
Junior Christine Boucher holds the fourth best individual stoke average in the Big 12. The junior boasts a strong 73.83 average for the 2002-03 season. She is less than a stroke behind Lisa Meldrum of Oklahoma (73.80), Annie Thurman of Oklahoma State (73.79) and Sarah Sasse of Nebraska (73.22).