Lady Golfers Gear for Dale McNamara Invitational

Gianna Misenhelter

Oct. 8, 2010

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MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Kansas State women’s golf team will tee it up for a third-straight week, traveling to Owasso, Okla., to compete in the inaugural Dale McNamara Invitational held at Patriot Golf Course, Oct. 11-13. The Wildcats will begin the three-day format with a 9:20 a.m. start on Monday.

THE FIELD: The 16-team field will be the largest of the year that Wildcats have competed against. Six teams, including K-State, will travel to Owasso from the Big 12. The Wildcats have a 5-2 record against the conference opponents in attendance. The entire 16-team field includes: Arkansas-Little Rock, Kansas State, Kennesaw State, Long Beach State, Middle Tennessee State, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oral Roberts, SMU, Texas, Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Tulsa, UNLV and Wichita State.

DALE MCNAMARA INVITATIONAL PREVIEW: Coach Kristi Knight will send the same scoring lineup to Oswasso for the second consecutive competition. The combination has averaged a 910 (+46) through two events with finishes of third at the Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitational and seventh at the Johnie Imes Invitational.

The ladies have been on the mark so far this year with nine top-20 finishes already this fall compared to six that were carded all of last fall. K-State has also tallied four top-10 finishes through three events, already doubling the total of two from all of last season.

Gianna Misenhelter and Whitney Pyle have been a staple at the top of K-State’s lineup the last two events. The two underclassman have combined for three top-20 finishes and a 54-hole stroke average of 226 (+10).

Misenhelter has been a young standout in K-State’s lineup with three top-20 finishes to the freshman’s credit in as many events. She owns a team-best 75.25 stroke average through eight rounds this season.

Juniors Ami Storey and Pagie Osterloo ,and senior Emily Houtz will join Pyle and Misenhelter in search of their third top-three team finish this season.

The competition is named after Tulsa’s legendry coach Dale McNamara, who began the women’s golf program in 1974 and collected four national championships.

LAST TIME OUT: Gianna Misenhelter recorded her third top-20 finish of the season and K-State carded its best three-round score of the year at the Johnie Imes Invitational.

K-State’s 54-hole score of 40-over par 904 is the best of the season and contributed to the Wildcats’ seventh place finish out of the 15-team field. The Wildcats defeated four Big 12 opponents in Kansas (911), Baylor (917), Missouri (937) and Nebraska (943).

THE PATRIOT GOLF CLUB COURSE: The Patriot Golf Course was designed by golf course designer Robert Trent Jones Jr., who has designed more than 245 courses in over 40 countries. The par-72, 6,450-yard Patriot Course is cut into the terrain with jagged limestone walls surrounding each hole and will measure to be the longest the Wildcats have participated on this season.