Wildcats to make first-ever NCAA Regional appearance
April 30, 2001
MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Kansas State women's golf team was chosen Monday as the 19th seed in the NCAA East Regional Championships in Chapel Hill, N.C., May 10-12 at Finley Golf Course. This marks the first time a Wildcat women's golf team has made the regional tournament since women's golf began at K State in 1981.
"I'm real proud of the team, and it's one of our goals that the girls set at the beginning of the year," head coach Kristi Knight said. "I think it's a big step for our program. The team has worked and played hard all year to get there."
The Wildcats are ranked No. 46 by Golfstat and have been continually ranked in the top 50 in the country during the spring season.
Freshman Christine Boucher leads the Wildcats with a 76.57 stroke average in 26 rounds, the 99th-best stroke average in the nation according to Golfstat.
Junior Edie Murdoch's 78.80 stroke average in 23 rounds is the second lowest on the team. Murdoch is ranked seventh in the country in fairways hit at 89.5 percent. Sophomore Miranda Smith has a stroke average of 78.86 in 26 rounds, senior Carrie Chambers has a stroke average of 78.96 in 26 rounds and sophomore Elise Carpentier has a stroke average of 79.95 in 26 rounds.
A total of 321 participants and 63 teams are selected to one of three regional competitions. The top eight teams and top two individuals from each regional will then advance to the championship finals, which will be May 22-25 at the Mission Inn Golf and Tennis Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.