Wildcats Head North for Chip-N-Club Invitational

ONE SPOT BETTER: Last year the Wildcats traveled to Lincoln and put together three solid rounds to finish the tournament in second place. Senior Helene Robert led the team at the Chip-N-Club last year with a score of 226 for the tournament. Four of the five Wildcats finished in the top 20 individually last year, and this year they look to finish one spot better.

THE FIELD: Kansas State will meet Big 12 foe Nebraska for the second time in this young season. They will also face in-state rivals Kansas and Wichita State for the first time this season. The rest of the 14-team field includes Campbell, Creighton, Missouri State, Northern Iowa, Missouri-Kansas City, North Dakota State, Weber State, Xavier, South Dakota State, and Texas-Pan American.

THE FORMAT: The tournament will tee off on Monday with 36 holes and will get underway with a shotgun start at 9:00 a.m. Pairings for Tuesday’s third and finial round will be determined by score with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. The low four individual scores will determine the team score for each round.

THE HOST Yankee Hill Golf Course: One of the home courses of the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Yankee Hill is located in Lincoln, Neb. The par 72, 6,040-yard course will be hosting the Chip-N-Club Invitational for the first time. The course features nine lakes and a large waterfall that cascades through part of the course.

LAST TIME OUT: The Wildcats opened the road on the season in Madison, Wis., at the Badger Invitational. The team shot scores of 323-309-314946, finishing in 8th place. Michelle Regan led the squad after placing fourth, shooting 75-71-81227. Helene Robert tied for 19th, with rounds of 81-79-76236. Hailey Mireles finished tied for 32nd, after shooting rounds of 83-79-79241. Kali Quick had scores of 84-80-76-242, tying for 36th. Katy Heffel tied for 57th with rounds of 86-85-84-255, and Morgan Moon, who played as an individual finished in 65th place, with rounds of 85-94-88267.

THE LINEUP: Head coach Kristi Knight sends out a lineup very similiar to first tournament consisting of two seniors and three juniors. Helene Robert, Katy Heffel, Michelle Regan, Kali Quick, and Hailey Mireles. The lineup has made a combied 120 tournament appearances for the Wildcats.  Freshman Abbi Sunner will also see her first collegiate action and will compete in the tournament as an individual.

STEADY IMPROVEMENT: Four Of the six Wildcats that traveled to Wisconsin for the Badger Invitational carded lower or equal scores in every round. The Wildcats will look to do the same thing this weekend at the Chip-N-Club Invitational. A steady improvemnet on last years performance at this tournament could net the Wildcats first tournament win since the Texas A&M Mo’Morial in March of 2004.