The Wildcats Look to Build on Successful Start

Hannah Roos

Sept. 23, 2011

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State women’s golf team will look to take a step forward in its second tournament of the season as the Wildcats host the Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitational, Sept. 26-27, at the par 72, 6181-yard Colbert Hills Golf Course in Manhattan, Kan.

The tournament will consist of 36 holes on Monday, followed by 18 holes on Tuesday, beginning with an 8:30 a.m., shotgun start each day. It is the only home tournament of the year for the Wildcats, and the event is free to the public.

All nine members of the K-State squad will be competing in the home match, with Hannah Roos, Gianna Misenhelter, Paige Osterloo, Whitney Pyle and Laura Hildebrandt making up the scoring lineup. The other four members of the squad – Ami Storey, Kristen Dorsey, Olivia Eliasson and Carly Raigans – will participate as individuals.

“The ladies are very excited about this tournament,” said head coach Kristi Knight. “Having success next week is about trusting instincts and playing the course with confidence and emotional control.”

Kansas State will be joined by 11 other teams, including Arkansas State, Arkansas-Little Rock, Bradley, Creighton, Indiana State, Kansas, Missouri State, Oral Roberts, South Dakota State, UMKC and Wichita State.  Each team except for Indiana State, Missouri State and South Dakota State played in the event last year at Alvamar Country Club in Lawrence, Kan., as the tournament switches locations each year.

“I expect a very competitive environment. We have quality teams coming to play our great course,” Knight said.

After top-30 finishes at the Dale McNamara Invitational, both Roos and Misenhelter look to lead the team and build on their success from two weeks ago. Both carded a 10-over par 226 to tie for 26th.

Pyle tied for 37th with a 14-over par 230 at the Dale McNamara Invitational, while Osterloo and Hildebrandt will be competing for the first time this season.

Eliasson ended last week’s play in 58th, one spot ahead of Storey. The tournament marks the first of the season for Dorsey and the first of Raigans’ career.

Results of the Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitational will be posted on www.kstatesports.com following the conclusion of play on Monday and Tuesday.