March 3, 2011
Fresno State Lexus Classic Notes
MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Kansas State women's golf team will travel to Fresno, Calif., for the Fresno State Lexus Classic held at the Copper River Country Club. The competition will be a two-day format with 36-holes on Monday beginning with a shotgun start at 9:00 a.m. (CT). The final round will begin Tuesday with tee-times starting at 9:00 a.m. (CT).
THE FIELD: K-State, which has a 35-44-1 (.444) record this season, has faced only Sacramento State this season, defeating the Hornets in the fall. The entire 15-team field consists of: Boise State, Kansas State, Fresno State, Cal State Fullerton, Cal Poly, Nevada, Portland, Portland State, Sacramento State, San Francisco, Santa Clara, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Riverside and UTEP. UC Davis is the defending champion of the event.
FRESNO STATE LEXUS CLASSIC PREVIEW: K-State will use the lineup of Gianna Misenhelter, Paige Osterloo, Hanna Roos, Whitney Pyle and Ami Storey for the first time this season.
The Wildcats slipped in their previous event with a 14th place finish at the Sir Pizza Cards Challenge while they recorded their highest score of the season of 965. Coach Kristi Knight feels the ladies are ready to bounce back for the upcoming event.
Pyle will make her spring debut and bring her team-leading stroke average of 76.50 with her. The sophomore recorded two top-10 finishes during the fall season with her best finish coming at the Sunflower invitational where she tied for sixth.
Including Pyle, K-State will provide a predominately young lineup. Roos, a sophomore, and Misenhelter, a freshman, own five top-20 performances between them this season.
Osterloo and Storey will provide veteran leadership with over 40 events played between the two. Storey did not compete in the previous event but saw action in all five fall events for the Wildcats to record a stroke average of 77.42.
2007 FRESNO STATE CLASSIC: K-State has not competed in the Fresno State Classic since the 2007 season. The Wildcats notched a 36-hole score of 33-over par 609 to finish in fifth place among 18 teams.
LAST TIME OUT: K-State put up its lowest score of the Sir Pizza Cards Challenge of 28-over par in the final round to finish 14th with a three-round total of 965.
The Wildcats improved their second-round score by nine strokes at the Weston Hills Country Club.
Paige Osterloo led the Wildcats with a tie for 27th among individuals. After recording an 8-over par 80 in the second round, Osterloo bounced back to score a 4-over par 76 in the final 18. She has now led the Wildcats in scoring in four events this season. Osterloo finished the Sir Pizza Cards Challenge with a 15-over par 231.
COPPER RIVER COUNTRY CLUB: The event will take place at the 6,027-yard par-72 Copper River Country Club. The course was designed by architect, David Pfaff.