?Cats Begin Post Season in Lubbock

MANHATTAN, Kan. -  The Kansas State women’s golf team will begin the post-season portion of its schedule as the Wildcats travel to Lubbock, Texas, to compete in the Big 12 Championship at the Rawls Course, Friday-Sunday, April 24-26. K-State will make its second visit to the Rawls Course this season as it played in the Jeannine McHaney/Audrey Morehead Invitational last fall.The tournament will be one round each day beginning at 8 a.m.


K-STATE LINEUP:  Abbi Sunner will make her third appearance in the Big 12 Championship on Friday, while Elise Houtz will make her second. Morgan Moon, Ami Storey and Paige Osterloo will all be competing for the first time in the tournament.


Sunner finished the reguular season leading or tying the team in seven different categories, including events played, stroke average, low 18, low 36, low 54, highest finish and top-20 finishes. Sunner shot a career-best round of 67 in the Mountain View Collegiate this spring, which set a tournament record for the lowest score in a round. Sunner also placed in the top 20 in four consecutive tournaments this season.


Houtz shot a career-best round of 73 in the Mountain View Collegiate this spring and also had the highest finish of her career in the Susie Maxwell Classic, where she finished in a tie for 24th place, carding a 82-75-84241.


Moon had the highest finish of her Wildcat career in the Jeannine McHaney/Audrey Morehead Invitational in the fall, where she carded a 12-over 80-77-74231 and finished tied for 13th.


Storey came on strong in the spring of her freshman season, where she shot a personal record of 228 in the Duramed Collegiate Invitational, she followed that by marking her highest career finish in the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational, where she finished in a tie for 19th place.


Osterloo started her collegiate career out strong by tying for 22nd in the first tournament of the year and followed that by tying for 20th place in the Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitational. Osterloo shot a personal-best round of 69 in the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational in Honolulu, Hawaii.


THE FIELD:  The entire Big 12 conference will be represented with Baylor, Colorado, Iowa State, Kansas, K-State, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech competing. K-State will play against Oklahoma State and Texas for the first time this season.


THE HOST The Rawls Course:  The Texas Tech University women’s golf program will host the 2009 Big 12 Women’s Golf Championship at the Rawls Course in Lubbock, Texas. The course is a 6,564-yard, par 72.


LAST TIME OUTK-State was never able to fully recover from a slow start in the Susie Maxwell Classic, as the Wildcats shot a 337 in the opening round and finished with a 337-316-324977 for the tournament. The Wildcats did have a duo finish on the cusp of a top 20 finish in freshman Ami Storey and sophomore Elise Houtz. Storey carded a 24-over score of 240 to finish tied for 21st place and Houtz finished just one stroke back from K-State’s leader in a tie for 24th place.


2008 BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP:  Two current Wildcats, Abbi Sunner and Elise Houtz, played in the Big 12 Championship a season ago. K-State finished 8th in last year’s event at Karsten Creek Golf Course in Stillwater, Okla. Houtz finished second on the Wildcat’s squad, carding an 84-80-82246 (+30) and finished in a tie for 27th place.


8th of 12 335-324-330989 (+125)

Michelle Regan        77-82-81240 (+24)              T15

* Elise Houtz            84-80-82246 (+30)              T27

Hailey Mireles          82-92-79253 (+37)              43

Kali Quick                94-77-88259 (+43)              T52

* Abbi Sunner          92-85-94271 (+55)              59


* denotes current player        


K-State’s Big 12 Championship Lineup                2008-09      Statistics

Name                      Yr-Exp    Hometown                  Rds.     Avg.

Abbi Sunner            Jr.-2L       Ankeny, Iowa                30         78.17

Morgan Moon          Jr.- 2L      Amarillo, Texas              24         79.92

Elise Houtz              So.-1L     Manhattan, Kan.             24         80.29

Paige Osterloo         Fr.-HS      Rapid City, S.D.             26         80.16

Ami Storey              Fr.-HS      Woodlands Park, UK      27         80.48