Women's Golf Heads to Norman for Susie Maxwell Classic
Off the Tee
The Kansas State Wildcats travel to the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic April 10-11, in Norman, Okla. Play begins with an 8 a.m. shotgun start for 36 holes Sunday. The final round will start with an 8 a.m. shotgun Monday at the Trails Golf Club.
Last Time Out
The Wildcats finished 10th at the Mountain View Invitational March 26-27 in Tucson, Ariz. For the first time this spring, K-State’s scores improved each round as the Cats carded 311-295-290--896. Sophomore Katy Heffel set her career best as she tied for 15th with a combined 220.
Susie Maxwell Berning Classic History
K-State took fourth place at the 2004 event, as then-senior Christine Boucher grabbed the bronze with a three-round 224. The Wildcats were 28 strokes behind the winner, as Oklahoma recorded an even 900. Katy Heffel, Sarah Heffel and Helene Robert all competed last spring. K-State has competed in this tournament for 18 of the last 19 years. The Wildcats took fourth in 2001, sixth in 2002 and fifth in 2003.
Freshman Kali Quick and sophomore Helene Robert are battling to be the team leader this spring. Currently, Quick is .1 stoke ahead of Robert, with a 77.4 average. Quick finished in the top 20 of three fall tournaments. She tied for 19th in the season-opening Ptarmigan/Ram Fall Classic, tied for fifth in the Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitational and tied for 14th in the Wildcats’ outing at the Edwin Watts/Palmetto Intercollegiate. Over the fall, Robert led the team as she finished tied for fifth at the Ptarmigan/Ram Fall Classic, tied for 26th at the Jeannine McHaney Invitational and tied for 23rd at the Price’s Give Em Five Challenge.
There’s No Place Like Home
Sophomore Katy Heffel appreciates her game in her native Arizona. At the Mountain View Invitational, Heffel was within two hours of her hometown of Mesa, Ariz. As her family traveled to watch her and her older sister Sarah compete, Katy Heffel set her career best as she tied for 15th and carded 76-73-71--220.
K-State has faced all but one team in the Susie Maxwell field and has a 10-33 record against the other 14 schools. The Wildcats have yet to see Redlands Community College.
Head coach Kristi Knight continues her 10th campaign with the Wildcats this spring. Under Knight, K-State has recorded five tournament wins, including the Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitational and the Texas A&M Mo’Morial during the 2003-04 season. The Texas native and Oklahoma alum has coached Wildcat teams to four straight NCAA Regional appearances and 32 top-five finishes.
The Kansas State women’s golf program opened the fall with a tie for fourth at the Ptarmigan/Ram Fall Classic with a combined 907. Sophomore Helene Robert tied for fifth, with a season-best 217. Robert again led the Wildcats in their ninth-place finish at the Price’s Give Em Five Challenge as she tied for 23rd. In the Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitational, K-State finished fifth, with three golfers in the top 20 and five of seven student-athletes recording their then-season-best. Freshman Kali Quick paced the Wildcats at the Edwin Watts Intercollegiate as she tied for 14th with a career-best 223.