Wildcats in Eighth After Day One in Lawrence

LAWRENCE, Kan. After carding a 30-over 318 during the first round to sit in a five-way tie for fifth place, the Kansas State women’s golf team fell to eighth after the second round as the Wildcats finished day one of the Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitational on Monday at the par 72, 6,242-yard Alvamar Golf Course.


The Wildcats added three strokes to its total during round two, carding a 33-over 321, while Kansas and South Florida, two other teams in the five-way tie after the first round, improved during the second 18 holes. The Wildcats, who totaled a 36-hole score of 63-over 639, sit just 10 strokes out of the top five heading into Tuesday’s final round.


Illinois State led after the first stanza, carding a 14-over par 302, with Oral Roberts and Nebraska tied for second at 19-over par 307. However, the Cardinals turned in a 27-over 315 during round two and relinquished their lead to Oral Roberts, as the Golden Eagles lead heading into Tuesday’s final round at 39-over 615. Illinois State is second after a 36-hole score of 41-over 617, while Nebraska sits in third place at 43-over 619.


Kansas’ Jennifer Clark, playing as an individual, topped the field following round two as she holds a one-stroke lead over Oral Roberts’ Eve Santillan at 5-over 149. Kate White of Nebraska is third at 7-over 151, while Emily Powers of Kansas and Britt Knutson of Illinois State are tied for fourth at 8-over 152.


Kansas State freshman Paige Osterloo was tied for 40th after a first-round score of 81, but turned around to card a 75 during round two. The Rapid City, S.D., native leads the Wildcats as she is tied for 12th overall at 12-over 156, and eyes her first collegiate top-20 finish after tying for 22nd last week at the Chip-N-Club Invitational.


Abbi Sunner is K-State’s second lowest scorer after carding identical rounds of 7-over 79s for a 36-hole score of 14-over 158. A product of Ankeny, Iowa, Sunner will begin Tuesday’s final round tied for 23rd.


Laura Hildebrandt, like her freshman teammate, improved off her round-one score of 81 as she turned in a 79 during round two. The Ancaster, Ontario, product will begin the final 18 holes tied for 35th.


Elise Houtz and Ami Storey round out the K-State team competitors as Houtz is tied for 61st at 22-over 166, while Storey is tied for 75th at 15-over 159.


Morgan Moon, who is competing as an individual, currently sits in the top 20 as she it tied for 15th at 13-over 157. Emily Houtz, also an individual competitor, is tied for 40th at 17-over 161.


The final round of the Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitational is set for an 8 a.m. shotgun start on Tuesday. Complete results for the invitational will be posted on www.k-statesports.com as soon as they are made available.



Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitational

Lawrence, Kan.

Alvamar Golf Course

Par 72 / 6,242  yards


Team Scores: 1. Oral Roberts, 307-308615 (+39); 2. Illinois State, 302-315617 (+41); 3. Nebraska, 307-312619 (+43); 4. Kansas, 318-308626 (+50); 5. South Florida, 318-310628 (+52); 6. Oklahoma City, 317-315632 (+56); 7. Nebraska (B), 326-312638 (+62); 8. K-State, 318-321639 (+63); 9. Wichita State, 318-323641 (+65); 10. UMKC, 318-327645 (+69); 11. Coastal Carolina, 324-324648 (+72); 12. North Texas, 322-327649 (+73); 13. Northern Iowa, 325-330655 (+79); 14. Creighton, 328-331659 (+83); 15. Kennesaw State, 328-333661 (+85); 16. Redlands CC, 333-336669 (+93).


Top Individuals: 1. Jennifer Clark*, Kansas, 74-75149 (+5); 2. Eve Santillan, Oral Roberts, 77-73150 (+6); 3. Kate White, Nebraska, 73-78151 (+7); T4. Emily Powers, Kansas, 77-75152 (+8); T4. Britt Knutson, Illinois State, 77-75152 (+8).


K-State Individuals: T12. Paige Osterloo, 81-75156 (+12); T15. Morgan Moon*, 75-82157 (+13); T23. Abbi Sunner, 79-79158 (+14); T35. Laura Hildebrandt, 81-79160 (+16); T40. Emily Houtz*, 82-79161 (+17); T61. Elise Houtz, 78-88166 (+22); T75. Ami Storey, 80-90170 (+26).


* Competing as an individual