MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Kansas State women's golf team will head to Florence, Ariz. for the Northern Migration Invitational, March 15-17. The first and second rounds will begin with a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m. (CT). Players will be assigned tee-times in the third and final round depending on where they rank compared to the rest of the field.
THE FIELD: Five Big 12 and two Top-50 teams, according to GolfWeek, will travel southwest with the Wildcats. The 19-team field will be the most K-State has faced this season. The field consists of: Boise State, Bradley, No. 50 East Tennessee State, Eastern Michigan, Florida International, Idaho, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Minnesota, Montana, Morehead State, Nebraska, Northern Arizona, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Texas-San Antonio, No. 44 Texas Tech, Towson University and Wichita State.
Northern Migration Invitational PREVIEW: For the first time all season, coach Kristi Knight will fill the same lineup this week as she did in the Eagle Landing Invitational a week ago.
Headlining the lineup will be senior Morgan Moon, who is coming off a career-best performance. The senior finished 11th overall which is the best of her career and the fourth top-20 finish of her career. Fellow senior Abbi Sunner will be joining Moon. Sunner finished 17th last week, the 11th top-20 finish of her career. Moon and Sunner own the two lowest stroke averages on the team at 76.33 and 77.44 respectively.
Ami Storey, Hann Roos and Elise Houtz will fill out the rest of the lineup for the Cats. Storey finished the final-round last week with a 2-over par 74, which was the lowest of the event for her by six strokes. The sophomore has competed in every event this season thus far.
Emily Houtz will make the trip as well to compete as an individual. It will be the junior's fourth event this season.
POSTON BUTTE GOLF COURSE: The competition will take place at Poston Butte Golf Course at Merrill Ranch. The par 72, 6,227-yard championship course was designed by Gary Panks. The course features island greens and bunkers that stretch from tee to green.
LAST TIME OUT: The Wildcats showed improvement each day of the Eagle Landing Invitational to finish in a tie for ninth-place. K-State posted the third-best score among the 17 teams with a 301 (+13) in the final round to move improve one place from the second round. The three-round score of 920 (+56) was the third-best score of the season for the Cats. K-State fell just two strokes shy eighth-place Chattanooga, which is the 33rd-ranked team in Division l by GolfWeek. The Cats were able to shave a total of 12 strokes off their opening round or 313 (+25).