Women's Golf Back in Action in Columbia

Emily Houtz

Oct. 1, 2010

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MANHATTAN, Kan. - Whitney Pyle and the 59th-ranked Kansas State women’s golf team look to carry its early season success to Columbia, Mo., for the Johnie Imes Invitational held at The Club at Old Hawthorne, Oct. 4 and 5. K-State’s first round will begin with an 8:00 a.m. shotgun start on Monday, while the second round to follow. The third and final round will also have an 8:00 a.m. shotgun start on Tuesday.

THE FIELD: Fifteen teams will compete in this year’s invitational. K-State has gone head-to-head with six (Missouri, Illinois State, Kansas, Nebraska, Arkansas-Little Rock and Texas State) of the teams, owning a 5-2-1 record. Nine teams boast a GolfStat.com top-75 ranking. The entire 15-team field consists of: No. 60 Arkansas-Little Rock, Baylor, No. 17 Colorado, No. 21 Florida International, Illinois State, No. 50 Kansas, No. 59 K-State, Missouri State, Nebraska, No. 20 Oklahoma, No. 47 Oklahoma State, No. 64 Princeton, Texas State and No. 55 Wisconsin.

JOHNIE IMES INVITATIONAL PREVIEW: K-State’s trip to Columbia will without a doubt be its stiffest task thus far in the early going of the 2010-11 season. Nine teams rank inside the top-75 of the latest GolfStat.com rankings, with two in the top-20. With Kristi Knight’s squad off to their best start since the fall season of 2001, the Wildcats will not expect any let down going into next week.

“It is early in the year but we are off to a good start,” said Knight. “I think the ladies are feeling good about how things are going but they know they can be better and will need to be better as the season progresses.”

Whitney Pyle has put up career numbers through the first two events. Pyle carded a career best tie for eighth in the first event at the Chip-N-Club Invitational and then bested that performance with tie for sixth at the Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitational. The sophomore will look to lead the Wildcats into Columbia with a squad-best stroke average of 75.20.

Ami Storey, Gianna Misenhelter, Paige Osterloo and Emily Houtz will join Pyle in the scoring lineup. Hanna Roos will compete as an individual for the second consecutive event.

LAST TIME OUT: Pyle and Gianna Misenhelter registered career-best finishes and the Kansas State women’s golf team took third place at the Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitational.

K-State mirrored its first round score of 18-over par 306 in the final round at the par 72, 6,279-yard Alvamar Golf Course. The Wildcats’ three-round score of 52-over par 916 helped them earn their second finish in the top three this season. K-State was bested by host Kansas, which tallied a score of 39-over par 903.

2009 JOHNIE IMES INVITATIONAL: Last year, the Wildcats finished 13th overall among 18 total teams recording a three-round total of 85-over par 949. Hanna Roos, Paige Osterloo and former Wildcat Abbi Sunner each tied for 45th among individuals.

CLUB AT OLD HAWTHORNE: The event will take place at the par 72, 6,204-yard Club at Old Hawthorne. The course measures out to be the shortest the Wildcats have played on thus far. It will not be the last time K-State competes on this course as the 2011 Big 12 Championship will be held there as well.