Golfers Head North to Begin Fall Slate

Emily Houtz

Sept. 10, 2010

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MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Kansas State women’s golf team will begin its 2010-11 season at the Chip-N-Club Invitational at Wilderness Ridge Golf Course, Sept. 13-14, in Lincoln, Neb. A shotgun start at 9:00 a.m., on Monday will begin the invitational with 36 holes. On Tuesday, the final 18 holes will be played with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start.

THE FIELD: This year’s invitational will play host to 15-teams that are brought together from eight different conferences. Four from the Big 12 - Kansas State, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. The Southland Conference sends three - Central Arkansas, Texas State and UTSA. Two join from the Summit League - North Dakota State and South Dakota State. Six will represent their conference individually: Akron (Mid-America) Arkansas State (Sun Belt) Creighton (Missouri Valley) Iowa (Big Ten) James Madison (Colonial) and Sacramento State (Big Sky).

CHIP-N-CLUB INVITATIONAL PREVIEW: This will be the fourth-straight season the Wildcats will open their season in Lincoln and the 12th time in K-State history they have participated in the event. K-State will look to take the crown away from defending champion and Big 12 foe Missouri. The Wildcats will have to fight off Nebraska as well as the host team has won five times out of the past seven invitationals.

Emily Houtz will look to jump-start her senior campaign and provide the senior leadership playing in her 16th event as a Wildcat.

Paige Osterloo is the other upper classman in the lineup this week coming off of a sophomore season where she competed in five events recording one top-20 finish.

YOUTH IN THE LINEUP: One freshman and two sophomores will conquer the majority of K-State’s lineup this week. K-State only saw this type of youth in the lineup twice last season.

Three-time Kansas State 5A Champion Gianna Misenhelter made it into the lineup in her first week as a Wildcat and will make her collegiate debut on Monday.

Though Hanna Roos and Whitney Pyle have 11 events between them, the sophomores will play together for the first time in their K-State careers.

Roos returns with the best stroke average from last season at 77.74 and brings back the best finish with a seventh-place tie at the Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitational. She also returns the most top-20 finishes with four.

Pyle recorded a stroke average of 78.50 in just two events last season.

2009 CHIP-N-CLUB INVITATIONAL: Finishing in a tie for 17th, Elise Houtz started the final round with four bogeys on her first five holes but then shot 1-under par on the next 10 holes to stay in the top-20. She finished with a three-round score of 226 (+10), which was four strokes better than she did in 2008 on the same course. Her 17th-place finish was the second lowest of her career as a Wildcat at the time. K-State finished seventh in team competition.

WILDERNESS RIDGE GOLF COURSE: The event will take place at the par 72, 6,214-yard Wilderness Ridge Golf Course. The course features a championship style layout.