MANHATTAN, Kan. - With one tournament completed, the fall season rolls on for the Wildcats as they compete in the Chip-N Club Invitational, Sept. 26-27, in Lincoln, Neb. The 54-hole tournament tees off on Monday, with the first round beginning with a shotgun start at 8:00 a.m. Two rounds will be completed on Monday, with the final round starting at on Tuesday.
THE FIELD: Nine teams will battle it out on the greens of Wilderness Ridge CC. The field contains four central district teams, host Nebraska, KansasState, Creighton and WichitaState. The remaining teams rounding out the field are Louisville, which ended spring 2005 ranked 62 in the Golfweek/Sagarin ratings, Montana, Redlands Community College, North Dakota State and South DakotaState.
PLAYING HOST Wilderness Ridge Country Club: As one of the home courses of the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Wilderness Ridge is located in Lincoln, Neb. The course will play to a par of 72, with yardage of 5,933. Opened in 2001, the course lays out as 18 championship holes. The course has played host to the Chip-N Club Invitational since 2002. Last year’s tournament saw host Nebraska come out on top, making two straight Chip-N Club titles. Nebraska’s “White” team took second.
LINE EM UP: The Wildcats will take six participants to the Chip-N Club Invitational, including freshman Christine Arsenault. Arsenault, a native of Quebec, will be making her Wildcat debut. Also in the lineup will be five athletes who have seen action this fall, including juniors Katy Heffel and Helene Robert. Robert had K-State’s top finish at the season-opener, placing 29th. Also in the lineup will be sophomores Hailey Mireles, Kali Quick, and Michelle Regan. Mireles had career marks at the Badger Invitational, setting her career-low 54-hole score of 234 and having her best finish in a college tournament after placing 37th.
LAST TIME OUT: The Wildcats opened their season on the road in Madison, Wis., at the Badger Invitational. The team shot scores of 311-309-315935, tying for 9th place. Helene Robert led the squad after placing 29th, shooting 75-78-79232. Katy Heffel and Hailey Mireles tied for 37th, with three-round scores of 234. Kali Quick had scores of 81-77-81239, placing 49th, and Michelle Regan carded scores of 79-76-85240, tying her for 53rd.
WILDCAT HISTORY Chip-N Club: KansasState is not new to the field for the Chip-N Club Invitational. The Wildcats have played at the Nebraska tournament on six other occasions. First appearing in fall 1995, the Wildcats made the trip four consecutive years, then again in fall 2002 and 2003. Success has come in the most recent journeys. In fall 2002, K-State finished third in a field of 14, shooting a team score of 919. Their best finish was in fall 2003, when the Wildcats placed second out of 12 teams. The team carded rounds of 307-321-307935.
GOOD ODDS: Last year the Wildcats faced six of their Chip-N Club opponents. Excluding Big 12 foe Nebraska, which the Wildcats faced on eight occasions last season compiling a record of 2-6-0, K-State posted a winning record versus the rest. When the Cats faced WichitaState, Louisville, Montana, Redlands CC and North DakotaState in 2004-05, the team’s record was 5-1-0.