Wildcats stay in state for Sunflower Invite

MANHATTAN, Kan. -  Following an eighth place finish last week at the Chip-N-Club Invitational, the Kansas State women’s golf team will travel to Lawrence, Kan., to play in the Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitational. The event will tee off with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. on Monday for the first 36 holes. The third and final round  will also be a shotgun start Tuesday at 8 a.m. Teams will be scored by their top four individual finishes each round.


THE FIELD:  K-State will see two other Big 12 schools in Nebraska and Kansas in back to back weeks. The entire 16-team lineup includes Coastal Carolina, Creighton, Illinois State, Kansas, K-State, Kennesaw State, Nebraska (A&B), North Texas, Northern Iowa, Oklahoma City, Oral Roberts, Redlands CC, South Florida, UMKC and Wichita State.


GAINING EXPERIENCE:  For the second straight week, K-State will take three freshmen to a tournament as Paige Osterloo, Laura Hildebrandt and Ami Storey will compete Monday and Tuesday in Lawrence. Paige Osterloo led all freshmen, carding a 13-over par to finish in a tie for 22nd in the Chip-N-Club. Laura Hildebrandt also had a solid first tournament, shooting a 17-over par to finish in a tie for 37th. Ami Storey finished the Chip-N-Club just six strokes off of Osterloo with a 19-over par effort. Abbi Sunner and Elise Houtz will look to build on solid outings last week, where they finished tied for 22nd and 27th, respectively.


THE HOST Alvamar Golf Course:  The University of Kansas women’s golf program will host 14 other schools (two in the Big 12 Conference) in the Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitational. Alvamar golf course is a par 72 that spans 6,242 yards.


LAST TIME OUT:  K-State took eighth place in the Chip-N-Club Invitational at Wilderness Ridge Golf Course in Lincoln, Neb. Junior Abbi Sunner and freshman Paige Osterloo paced the Wildcats as each shot a 13-over par to finish in a tie for 22nd place. Elise Houtz also had a solid outing finishing just one stroke behind K-State’s leaders with a 14-over par to tie for 27th.


K-State’s Marilynn Smith Lineup                               2008-09 Statistics

Name                      Yr-Exp    Hometown                 Rds.     Avg.

Paige Osterloo         Fr.-HS      Rapid City, S.D.             3           76.33

Abbi Sunner            Jr.-2L       Ankeny, Iowa                3           76.33

Elise Houtz              So.-1L     Manhattan, Kan.             3           76.67

Laura Hildebrandt    Fr.-HS      Ancaster, Ontario         3           77.67

Ami Storey              Fr.-HS      Woodlands Park, UK      3           78.33

* Emily Houtz           So.-1L     Manhattan, Kan.             3           79.33

* Morgan Moon        Jr.-2L       Amarillo, Texas             --           --


* competing as individual