Wildcats Head South of the Border for Spring Opener

LOOKING TO IMPROVE ON SOLID SPRING:  The Wildcats will look to carry over their success from the fall that saw them finish in top ten in all but one of their outings. The final round 292 at the fall-ending Watts Invitational was a season low for the Wildcats, beating their previous best 306 at New Mexico State. The combined team score of 910 at the Watts Invitational was also a season low, topping the squad's 925, which was shot at NMSU. The Wildcats finished the fall ranked 21st in the Golfweek/Sagarin Women’s District Rankings and will look to climb into the top 15 over the spring to take the Wildcats back to NCAA Central Regional for the first time since the 2003-04 season.


THE FIELD:  The Wildcats will face very tough field when they head south to the Bajamar Classic. The field consists of 12 teams, eight of which are ranked in the top 100 in this weeks Golfweek/Sagarin Women’s team rankings, including four Big 12 schools. The field consists of Louisville (44), Oregon (47),  Memphis (52), Colorado (68), Kansas State (76), Kansas (77), Boise State (82), Texas Tech (87), UNC Greensboro (103), Oral Roberts (112), Kentucky (119) and UC Riverside (127). 


THE FORMAT:  The teams will tee off on Monday with 36 holes. Pairings for Tuesday’s third and finial round will be a shotgun start. The low four individual scores will determine the team score for each round.


TOP 20 PRESENCE:  Kansas State has placed at least one Wildcat in the top 20 in their last nine tournaments, and 14 of their last 15. The Wildcats placed a player in the top 20 every invitational last fall and hope to continue that streak throughout the spring portion of their schedule. The last tournament that the Wildcats did not have a player finish in the top twenty was at the Texas A&M Momorial in March of 2006.


LAST TIME OUT: The Wildcats finished 6th out of 19 teams at the Edwin Watts Invitational. Senior Helene Robert finished the tournament tied for 20th after shooting 76-76-74226 (+10) to claim her 15th collegiate top 20 finish. Junior Hailey Mireles finished tied for 38th, she carded rounds of 79-80-71230 (+14). Junior Kali Quick posted scores of 76-77-77230 (+14), to finish tied for 38th. Senior Katy Heffel, 82-75-74231 (+15), finished the tournament tied for 41st. Junior Michelle Regan rounded out the Wildcats hitting 83-77-73233 (+17) to finish the tournament tied for 50th.


K-State’s BAJA CLASSIC Lineup

Name                      Yr-Exp       Hometown                  06-07 Rnds    06-07 Avg.

Helene Robert           Sr-3L        Lac Brome, Quebec         15                78.3

Katy Heffel                Sr-3L        Mesa, Ariz.                     12                80.5

Michelle Regan          Jr-2L        Prarie Village, Kan.          15                77.5

Kali Quick                 Jr-2L        Nampa, Idaho                  15                78.3

Hailey Mireles            Jr-2L       Garden City, Kan.             15                78.8

Krista Nelson*           So-1L      Overland Park, Kan.           6                 82.0

Abbi Sunner*             Fr-HS      Ankeny, Iowa                    6                 80.8

Morgan Moon*           Fr-HS      Amarillo, Texas                 3                 89.0

* Will compete as an individual


SCORING:  Results will be posted on k-statesports.com as soon as they become available.