Houtz wins Kansas Amateur title

WICHITA, Kan. Kansas State incoming freshman Elise Houtz captured the Kansas Amateur Championship on Wednesday, as she fired a 4-over-par 76 in the final round to earn a five-shot victory over Wichita’s Missy Linnens at the Reflection Ridge Golf Club.


A native of Manhattan, Kan., Houtz completed the 54-hole tournament at 2-over-par (73-69-76--218) to collect her first state amateur title.  Her twin sister, Emily, finished fifth in the first flight at the championship after shooting rounds of 88-80-71 to finish 23-over 239.  Elise’s second-round score of 69 and Emily’s final round score of 71 were the only rounds under-par in the tournament.


A three-time All-State selection at Manhattan High School, Elise Houtz led the Indians to three Class 6-5A state championships, including back-to-back titles in 2005 and 2006.  She and her sister fired rounds of 77 to finish in a third-place tie at the tournament held at Manhattan Country Club this past October.  Earlier this month, Houtz shot a 71 to claim an eight-stroke win at the Kansas Women’s Golf Association’s Junior Girls 1-Day Tournament title in Junction City, Kan.  


Houtz will try to defend her state junior title next week at the Manhattan Country Club.