Cats Finish in Top Half at Chip-N-Club

LINCOLN, Neb. – Elise Houtz continued to lead the Kansas State women’s golf team as the Wildcats finished seventh Tuesday at the Chip-N-Club Invitational at Wilderness Ridge Golf Course.


K-State shot a 306 (+18) and finished seventh overall out of 14 teams, one spot better than in last year’s event.


“We just did not make many birdies,” said head coach Kristi Knight. “For some, the ball-striking was not as solid as has it has been.  The ladies had stretches of solid golf but just didn't put an entire round together. It was a better result than we had on this course a year ago and I am proud of how they competed.”


Missouri continued its success in Lincoln with a final round score of 288 (E), allowing the Tigers to finish in first place with a three-round total of 878. Amy Anderson from North Dakota State led all individuals with a final-round score of 69 (-3) to finish the tournament 6-under par 210.


Finishing in a tie for 17th, Elise Houtz started the final round with four bogeys on her first five holes but then shot 1-under par on the next 10 holes to keep her in the top 20. The junior finished with a three-round score of 226 (+10), four strokes better than last season on the same course. Her 17th-place finish is the second-lowest of her career as a Wildcat.


Sophomore Amy Storey shot the lowest K-State score of the day at 3-over par 75, missing the top 20 by just three strokes. Storey managed three birdies on the day and finished with a three-round score of 229 (+13). She shaved six strokes off her score of a year ago at the invitational.


Senior Morgan Moon bogeyed three of the first five holes before evening her game, paring nine-straight holes and finishing with a 5-over par 77. Her three-day score of 232 finished her in a tie for 36th place.


Abbi Sunner, like her teammates, couldn’t drop in enough birdies to get things going as she finished her final round with 78 (+6), tying for 38th. Sunner shot a three-round score of 233.


Emily Houtz rounded out the top five for the Wildcats with a 5-over par 77 in the final round. The final 18 proved to be her best round of the tournament, giving her a three-round score of 234 to finish in a tie for 41st.


Sophomore Paige Osterloo, who competed as an individual, finished with a score of 24-over par which placed her in a tie for 55th.


The Wildcats have a week off before hosting the Sunflower Invitational Sept. 28 and 29 on their home course at Colbert Hills Golf Course. This will be the only home event for the women's golf team this season and the tournament is free to the public.


Chip-N-Club Invitational

Lincoln, Neb.

Wilderness Ridge Golf Course

Par 72 / 6,068  yards


Team Scores: 1. Missouri, 299-291-288—878 (+14); 2. Nebraska, 300-294-295—889 (+25);  3. Kansas, 304-290-299—895 (+31); 4. Arkansas Little Rock, 303-306-291—900 (+36); 5. Sacramento State, 300-294-310—904 (+40); 6. Illinois State, 306-307-296—909 (+45); 7. Kansas State, 305-305-306—916 (+52); 8. Wichita State, 315-306-304—925 (+61); 9. Missouri State, 318-311-305—927 (+63); 10. Arkansas State, 315-316-306—937 (+73); 11. Northern Iowa, 312-319-316—947 (+83); 12. North Dakota State, 322-320-314—956 (+92); 13. South Dakota State, 328-312-319—959 (+95); 14. Creighton, 326-319-332—977 (+113).


Top Individuals: 1. Amy Anderson, North Dakota State, 69-72-69–210 (-6); 2. Emily Powers, Kansas, 70-72-71–213 (-3); 3. Julie Shutler, Sacramento State, 70-72-72–214 (-2); 4. Annah Kim, Missouri, 75-72-70-217 (+1); T4. Michelle Morgan, Missouri, 72-72-73–217 (+1).


K-State Individuals: T17. Elise Houtz, 75-74-77–226 (+10); T27. Amy Storey, 75-79-75–229 (+13); T36. Morgan Moon, 81-74-77–232 (+16) T38. Abbi Sunner, 77-78-78–233 (+17); T41.; Emily Houtz, 78-79-77–234 (+18); T55. Paige Osterloo*, 84-76-80—240 (+24).