K-State Ready For Low Scores in Idaho

THE FORMAT: The 2007 Bronco Fall Invitational, hosted by Boise State, begins Monday, Oct. 8, with 36 holes and finishes Tuesday, Oct. 9, with the final 18. Both days will begin at 8:30 a.m. (MT) with shotgun starts, and Tuesday’s final round pairings will be determined by the two rounds played Monday. The low four individual scores will determine the team score for each round.

THE FIELD: K-State holds a 3-1 record against teams in the Bronco Fall Invitational Field. The entire 14-team field includes Boise State, BYU, Idaho State, Kansas State, Montana, Montana State, Nebraska, Portland, Portland State, Sacramento State, Santa Clara, Southern Utah, Weber State and Wyoming.

THE HOST Falcon Crest G.C.: The Bronco Fall Invitational will be played on the par 72, 6,193-yard Falcon Crest Golf Course in Kuna, Idaho. The championship course has over 30 acres of driving range, putting greens, practice bunkers and more. The course in the Boise Valley boasts an 18,000 square-foot practice putting green.

LAST TIME OUT: K-State hosted the Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitational last Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 1-2. The Wildcats were in first halfway through the first day after firing a 299, but fell into third place after 36 holes with a team score of 29-over par 605. Rain caused the cancellation of the final 18 holes to be played on day two and left K-State in third place behind Kansas and Missouri. Kali Quick led the way for the Wildcats with a 2-over par 146, good enough for third individually. Abbi Sunner also had a top-20 finish, tying for 17th, with a 36-hole score of 8-over par 152.

TOURNAMENT TOP FIVES: Through just three tournaments this season, the K-State women have already finished in the top five twice, which equals their total top-five appearances from all of last season. In fall 2006, the Wildcats finished fifth at the Chip-N-Club Invitational and the came in fifth in the spring 2007 Fresno State Invitational. This fall, K-State brought home second place from the Chip-N-Club Invitational, and, more recently, took third place in the Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitational at Colbert Hills.

K-State’s Bronco fall INVITATIONAL Lineup:

Name Yr Hometown 07-08 Rds 07-08 Avg

Kali Quick Sr Nampa, Idaho 8 74.50

Abbi Sunner So Ankeny, Iowa 8 76.25

Michelle Regan Sr Prairie Village, Kan. 8 77.00

Hailey Mireles Sr Garden City, Kan. 8 78.25

Elise Houtz Fr Manhattan, Kan. 2 78.00

*Krista Nelson Jr Overland Park, Kan. 8 81.50

*playing as an individual

fall Preview of the Wildcats: K-State loses two players from last year due to graduation in Helene Robert and Katy Heffel, but head coach Kristi Knight looks to have an experienced squad in 2007-2008. The Wildcats will be lead by the senior trio of Hailey Mireles, Kali Quick and Michelle Regan. Mireles played in every tournament a year ago and owned a 78.38 stroke average along with a pair of top-20 finishes. Quick competed in seven tournaments last year, including a season-best 13th-place appearance at the NMSU Invitational, and posted a 78.84 stroke average. Regan had season-high fourth-place showing at the Badger Invitational last year and led the Wildcats in stroke average at 76.54. Coach Knight will also look to junior Krista Nelson and sophomores Abbi Sunner and Morgan Moon, as well as incoming freshmen twins Emily and Elise Houtz, to field a competitive squad in the 2007-2008 season.