Wildcats To Compete in Baylor Invite
MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Kansas State women's golf team will compete in itsr final regular-season event at the Baylor Spring Invitational in Waco, Texas, April 12-13. The event will begin with 36 holes on Monday and 18 on Tuesday with shotgun starts at 8:30 a.m. (CT) each day, at Twin Rivers Golf Club.
THE FIELD: K-State will travel to Waco with a record of 10-7 against the familiar field. Baylor, Oklahoma and Texas Tech will be the Big 12 competition as K-State is two weeks away from the Big 12 Championships. The entire 16-team field consists of: Arkansas-Little Rock, Baylor, Boise State, Kansas State, McLennan CC, North Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, Oral Roberts, Oregon, SMU, Texas A&M CC, Texas State, Texas Tech, Texas-San Antonio and Wichita State.
BAYLOR SPRING INVITATIONAL PREVIEW: K-State is coming off of its highest finish in over three years and coach Kristi Knight will look for her squad to continue the momentum as the post-season approaches.
"I see improvement and the ladies feel good about their second-place finish," said coach Knight. "It is a matter of staying in their process and executing. This is a good field this week and it will be a good test before Big 12. As always the Big 12 is highly competitive but that is fun."
Four Wildcats were able to finish in the top-20 last week, including Morgan Moon, who finished in a tie for sixth among 52 individuals. Moon had seen her average slip to 77.90 over the last two events but was able to get back on track in Florida, improving her average to 77.62. The senior will make her sixth-consecutive appearance in K-State's lineup this coming week.
Abbi Sunner will join Moon with her team-leading stroke average of 76.92 in Waco. Sunner has competed in every event this season with three top-20 finishes.
Hanna Roos (eighth event), Elise Houtz (eighth event) and Emily Houtz (fifth event) will complete the lineup. Paige Osterloo will compete as an individual, her third individual appearance this season.
2002 BAYLOR SPRING INVITATIONAL: K-State has not competed in the event since the spring of 2002. The 58th-ranked Wildcats were led by former golfers Edie Murdoch and Miranda Smith, who each jumped 20 spots to 31st place with rounds of 76 in the final round. Murdoch and Smith finished with a two-round total of 159. K-State finished in a tie for 11th.
TWIN RIVERS GOLF CLUB: The event will take place at the par 72, 6,394-yard Twin Rivers Golf Club. The course rating is 76.1 and it has a slope rating of 131 on Bermuda grass. Designed by Peter Jacobsen/Jim Hardy, the course opened in 2001.
LAST TIME OUT: Morgan Moon shot a 4-over par 76 and finished in a tie for sixth helping K-State finish second out of 10 teams at the Canes/Cards Classic. K-State shot a 307 (+19) in the third round to finish with a 54-hole score of 921 (+57). The Wildcats edged third-place Akron, which shot a three-round total of 922 (+58), by one stroke. Maryland topped all teams with a 299 (+11) in the final round, giving the Terpes a 54-hole score of 908 (+44).