Emily Houtz Finishes in Top Eight at Western Amateur

Lima, Ohio – Kansas State women’s golfer Emily Houtz was defeated by Christina Wong Friday morning, 8 and 6, at the 109th Women’s Western Amateur Championship at Shawnee Country Club. Houtz finished in the top eight in the loaded championship flight.


Houtz, a Manhattan native, birdied the seventh hole and was able to tie Wong on the following two holes, but the former AJGA All-American was too much for Houtz.


Despite the loss it was a successful week for the junior-to-be. After the qualifying rounds were completed Houtz was seeded 56th out of 132 golfers and found a spot in the championship flight. Houtz then defeated the No. 9, No. 41 and No. 25 seeds in her flight.


Houtz shot an opening-round score of 78, followed by a second-round score of 82 on Tuesday. The championship then moved to match play on Wednesday as she defeated No. 9 seed Emma Jandel, a junior from Ohio State, 1 up. She then squared up against No. 41 Marissa Steen of West Chester, Ohio, and defeated her 6 and 5 Thursday morning.


In the third round of match play, Emily faced 25th-seeded Mandi Morrow of Kent State and won 1 up on the 17th hole to advance to the quarterfinals.