Wildcats Begin Fall Slate at Minnesota Invitational

MANHATTAN, Kan. – With three seniors leading the charge of an experienced team, the Kansas State women’s golf team opens its 2016-17 season in Minneapolis, Minnesota, as the Wildcats will compete in the 2016 Minnesota Invitational, Monday and Tuesday, at the par-72, 6,119-yard Minikahda Club Golf Course.

The tournament will consist of 36 holes on Monday with tee times beginning at 7:45 a.m., followed by 18 holes on Tuesday with a 9:00 a.m., shotgun start. 

“The team has had two weeks of great practice,” head coach Kristi Knight said. “They have great energy and commitment. We are all looking forward to starting our season at the Minnesota Invitational.”

K-State, a first-time participant in the tournament, will have six members competing in the opening event with Madison Talley, Paige Nelson, Katherine Gravel-Coursol, Chloe Weir and Tash Carlsson making up the scoring lineup. Freshman Hayden Mammen will compete as an individual. 

Talley is looking to end her K-State career on a high note as the senior competed as an individual in each of the last two NCAA Regionals. She led the team in stroke average a year ago at 72.97 with eight top-20 finishes, including four in the top five.

Gravel-Coursol finished third on the team last year with a 74.87 stroke average, a 4.38-shot improvement from her sophomore season. The Mirabel, Quebec, native recorded four top-20 finishes as a junior. 

Nelson, a senior, and Weir, a sophomore were both new to the Wildcat program last year. Nelson competed in 10 events and compiled a 77.00 stroke average, while Weir saw action in nine tournaments with a 76.25 mark. Carlsson, a native of Johannesburg, South Africa, and Mammen, a product of Clovis, Calif., are both making their collegiate debut.

Junior Connie Jaffrey, who ranked second on the team in stroke average last year, will not compete in the season-opening event as she will represent her native country, Scotland, in the World Amateur Team Championships in Mexico.

The Wildcats will be joined in the Minnesota Invitational by 10 other teams, which includes Minnesota, East Carolina, Furman, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, TCU, Texas, Wisconsin, and last year’s champion, Purdue. 

Live stats of the Minnesota Invitational can be followed at www.golfstat.com. Results will be available at www.kstatesports.com at the conclusion of play on Monday and Tuesday.