Wildcats Swing Into Spring on Sunday

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Kansas State women's golf team will start their spring at the Eagle Landing Invitational at Eagle Landing Golf Course in Orange Park, Fla., Sunday, March 7, thru Tuesday, March 9. K-State will tee off at 7:48 (CT) on the 10th hole. Tee times for Monday and Tuesday will be set after the conclusion of the first round.

THE FIELD: This will be the first time the Cats will travel to Florida this season for an event that features 10 teams in the top 100, according to GolfWeek, including defending champion Chattanooga and host James Madison. The field consists of: No. 8 Florida, No. 31 Chattanooga, No. 65 East Carolina, No. 67 Illinois, No. 71 Kennesaw State, No. 77 Stetson, No. 81 James Madison, No. 88 South Florida, No. 92 Elon, No. 96 Central Arkansas, Florida Gulf Coast, Georgetown, High Point, Iowa, Jacksonville, Kansas State, Longwood and Yale. 

EAGLE LANDING INVITATIONAL PREVIEW: Head coach Kristi Knight will send six of her top golfers from the fall season to compete in Florida. This will be the first time the women's golf program has competed in the Eagle Landing Invitational. Leading the way will be senior Morgan Moon who competed in 12 rounds in the fall collecting a stroke average of 77.08. Joining Moon will be Ami Storey who tallied the second best stroke average on the team in the fall with 77.53. The sophomore competed in all the fall events totaling 15 rounds.

Hanna Roos will be the lone freshman making the trip to Orange Park. Roos carded a stoke average of 78.00 in her first fall season while playing nine rounds. Senior Abbi Sunner and junior Elise Houtz will round out the lineup for the Cats. Paige Osterloo will make the trip as well but will be competing as an individual. Osterloo carded a stroke average of 78.88, competing in three events during the fall season.

EAGLE LANDING GOLF COURSE: The competition will take place at the semi private, par 72, 6,282-yard Eagle Landing Golf Course at Oakleaf Plantation. The course is designed in the open links style and winds through Southern pine and palmetto. Tees, fairways and rough consist of Bermuda 419.

LAST TIME OUT: The Wildcats shot a final round 313 (+25), giving K-State a 54-hole score of 57-over par 921 and a tie for 11th place out of 18 teams in the Palmetto Intercollegiate at Oak Point Golf Course. The Wildcats score of 921 was the third-lowest score they have put up in their five fall events. After shooting a 304 (+16) in the first two rounds, K-State was unable to improve in the final round, falling one place on the leaderboard. Freshman Whitney Pyle led the Wildcats with a career-low 54-hole score of 229 (+13), putting her in a tie for 34th. The Kansas native also shot a career-low 75 (+3) in rounds two and three, which was over five shots better than her stroke average of 80.66.