Wildcats place fifth at Mary Fossum Invitational in Michigan

Senior Miranda Smith took seventh place at the Mary Fossum Invitational hosted by Michigan State.In its second tournament of the season, the K-State women's golf team took fifth place at the Mary Fossum Invitational at Forest Akers West. The Wildcats carded a 931 (315-302-314) in the three-round tournament.

"With the cold and damp conditions it just was not easy to score low today and there were not many low scores," head coach Kristi Knight said. "But we hung in there despite the difficult conditions and had a respectable finish."

Senior Miranda Smith led the Wildcats, as she finished in seventh place, carding a 9-over 225. She shot a one-under 71 in the second round yesterday. Junior Christine Boucher finished in a three-way tie with Wisconsin's Katie Connelly and Michigan's Laura Olin for 11th place.

Kent State took home the team title. The Golden Flashes were in third place after the first two rounds, but jumped ahead of Michigan State and Wisconsin today. The team shot a final round of 298 to finish seven strokes ahead of second place Wisconsin.

Nebraska's Sara Sasse won the individual title on the second hole of a playoff with Michigan State's Allison Fouch.

K-State junior Karen Quintelier tied for 34th place by carding a 239 for the tournament. Senior Elise Carpentier finished in a three-way tie for 48th.

Two stokes behind Carpentier was sophomore Sarah Heffel, who tied for 54th place by shooting a 247. Heffel also had the day's highlight as she sunk a 50-foot putt on No. 2.

"We did some good things, but there is still plenty of room for improvement," Knight said. "And that is why you play during the fall."

The Wildcats are back in action Oct. 7-8 for the Shoot-out at the Legends in Franklin, Ind.

Mary Fossum InvitationalForest Akers West Golf Course (East Lansing, Mich.)Sept. 21-22, 2002

Team Results (final)
1. 907 Kent State; 2. 914 Wisconsin 3. 916 Michigan State; 4. 921 Illinois; 5. 931 Kansas State; 6. 934 Michigan; 7. 940 Nebraska; 8. 953 Western Michigan, Iowa; 10. 956 Notre Dame; 11. 958 Ohio; 12. 987 Eastern Michigan; 13. 995 Ferris State.

Top Five Individuals
1. 221 Sarah Sasse, NU; Allison Fouch, MSU; 3. 222 Gabby Wedding, Kent State; 4. 223 Erica Bieniek, WMU. 5. 224 Malinda Johnson, WIS; Renate Young, ILL.

K-State Individuals
7. 225 Miranda Smith; T11. 229 Christine Boucher, T34. 239 Karen Quintelier; T48. 245 Elise Carpentier; T54. 247 Sarah Heffel.