Women's Golf To Conclude Fall Slate

Elise Houtz

Oct. 28, 2010

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MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Kansas State women’s golf team will conclude its fall portion of the 2010-11 season at the Alamo Invitational held at Briggs Ranch Golf Course in San Antonio, Texas, Oct. 31-Nov. 2. The Wildcats first round will begin at 11:00 a.m. Sunday on No. 10 followed by the second round on Monday. A shotgun start will begin Tuesday’s final round at 8:30 a.m.

THE FIELD: This will be the toughest task for the Wildcats this season as three of the 14 opponents are ranked in the top-20 according to Golfstat.com and 10 teams, including K-State, are marked in the top-70. Baylor, Colorado, Nebraska and Texas A&M will join K-State from the Big 12. The entire 14-team field consists of: No. 51 Baylor, Central Arkansas, No. 17 Colorado, No. 62 Kansas State, Nebraska, No. 18 Notre Dame, Southern Methodist, No. 38 TCU, No. 42 Texas A&M, No. 13 Tulane, No. 41 Tulsa, UCF, No. 67 UTSA, No. 48 Wisconsin.

ALAMO INVITATIONAL PREVIEW: Four of the five golfers in this week’s lineup have competed in each of the previous three events for coach Kristi Knight’s squad this fall. The four (Gianna Misenhelter, Paige Osterloo, Ami Storey and Whitney Pyle) have contributed to two top-three finishes in the first two events, of the season with a second-place finish coming at the Chip-N-Club Invitational. In the last two events the Wildcats have finished in 7th and 10th, recording a season-low 40-over par 904 at the Johnie Imes Invitational.

Elise Houtz will make her first appearance in the lineup this season. The senior competed in eight events last season and has totaled 27 throughout her career.

Pyle holds the second best stoke average on the team at 76.27 through 11 rounds. Osterloo and Storey have combined for eight top-20 finishes and have notched inside the top-10 three times.

FRESH SUCCESS: Gianna Misenhelter has been a consistent staple at the top of K-State’s lineup through the four events this fall. The freshman has already recorded four top-20 finishes including a tie for 12th at the Sunflower Invitational. She owns a team-best stroke average of 75.45 through 11 rounds and has recorded the lowest 54-hole score of the season with 221.

LAST TIME OUT:  Misenhelter penciled in a 2-over par 74 to finish in a tie for 19th among 90 individuals at the Dale McNamara Invitational held at the par-72, 6,450-yard Patriot Golf Club.

After recording her highest score of the year of 8-over par 80 in round two, Misenhelter rebounded to shave six strokes in the final round and move up 14 spots on the leaderboard to tally her fourth top-20 finish in as many events this season. It marked the second consecutive time Misenhelter has led the Wildcats in scoring.

Misenhelter’s performance helped K-State move up three spots in team competition to finish 10th. The Wildcats totaled a 16-over par 304 in the third round to give them an event total of 67-over par 931. K-State defeated Nebraska and Missouri to record a 7-0 combined record this season against the Huskers and Tigers.

BRIGGS RANCH GOLF COURSE: The Golf Club of Texas at Briggs Ranch features offers rolling hills and waterways along rural rustic elegance. The Lee Trevino Signature course measures 6,236 yards with a par 72 for the invitational.