Women's Golf to Start Spring Swing

Emily Houtz

Feb. 24, 2011

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Kansas State women’s golf team will get back into action, starting the spring portion of its schedule at the Sir Pizza Cards Challenge in Weston, Fla., Feb. 27-March 1. The three-day format will begin with tee times starting at 10:30 a.m.(CT) on Sunday followed by the second and third rounds on Monday and Tuesday respectively.

THE FIELD: K-State has a 35-31-1 (.538) record against the field this season and has faced four of the 14 teams in the coming event with a record of 4-4-1 (Arkansas State, FIU, Kansas and Texas State). The entire 14-team field consists of: Arkansas State, Cincinnati, ETSU, Florida International, No. 64 Kansas, No. 75 Kansas State, No. 43 Louisville, Memphis, Miami, Mississippi State, No. 61 North Carolina State, South Florida, Texas State and UNC Wilmington.

SIR PIZZA CARDS CHALLENGE PREVIEW: K-State will use the lineup of Gianna Misenhelter, Paige Osterloo, Hanna Roos, Emily Houtz and Laura Hildebrandt, for the first time this season, do in large part to Hildebrandt earning her first appearance in competition in over two seasons. The sophomore red-shirted last season after competing in five events during her freshman campaign, recording one top-20 performance.

K-State’s success this season has been aided by the performance of freshman Misenhelter. She was a consistent staple at the top of K-State’s lineup through the five events in the fall. The Overland Park, Kan., native has already recorded four top-20 finishes during her young career, including a tie for 12th at the Sunflower Invitational. She owns a team-best stroke average of 76.14.

Osterloo has held strong in the Wildcat lineup as well with a stroke average of 77.21 through five events this season. The junior is coming off of her best three-round score of the season of 13-over par 229, to finish in a tie for 35th at the Alamo Invitational.

Emily Houtz and Roos will each be making their five appearance of the season.

2010 CARDS CHALLENGE: Former Wildcat Morgan Moon, shot a 4-over par 76 and finished in a tie for sixth helping K-State finish second out of 10 teams at the 2010 Cards Classic. K-State shot a 307 (+19) in the third round to finish with a 54-hole score of 921 (+57). The Wildcats edged third-place Akron, which shot a three-round total of 922 (+58), by one stroke. Maryland topped all teams with a 299 (+11) in the final round, to give the Terrapins a 54-hole score of 908 (+44).

Last year’s contest was played at Don Shula’s Golf Course.

LAST TIME OUT:  The Wildcats stumbled in their final contest of the season with a 14th place finish at the Alamo Invitational. The Wildcats carded a final-round 35-over par 323 to total a three-day score of 72-over par 936. K-State was edged by UCF by two strokes, 934 (+70).

Misenhelter missed the top-20 for the first time this season after a 25-over par 241 performance, to finish in a tie for 61st. Ami Storey finished in 67th with a final tally of 25-over par 241.

WESTON HILLS COUNTRY CLUB: The event will take place at the 6,106-yard par-72 Weston Hills Country Club. The course was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr.