Wildcats Head to Big 12 Championship
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Coming off a fourth-place finish two weeks ago, the Kansas State women's golf team looks ride momentum into the 2016 Big 12 Championship, Friday through Sunday, at the par-72 6,263-yard Dominion Country Club in San Antonio, Texas. K-State will tee off at 10 a.m., on Friday and will be paired with Oklahoma and Kansas during the first round.
“The team is looking forward to San Antonio and the Big 12 Championship after the strong finish in Lubbock,” K-State head coach Kristi Knight said. “They have been playing and practicing well.”
Playing the same course as last year’s conference championship, the Wildcats will send the scoring lineup of junior Madison Talley, sophomore Connie Jaffrey, junior Katherine Gravel-Coursol, freshman Chloe Weir and junior Paige Nelson.
Talley looks to strengthen her resume as the junior has earned three top-five and six top-20 finishes, including a career-best third place finish at the Schooner Fall Classic after carding a career-low round 66. Talley, who currently leads the team in rounds at or under par with 13, also holds a team lowest stroke average of 73.24.
Jaffrey, who led the Wildcats in last year’s Big 12 Championship, seeks a successful end to her sophomore season after appearing in nine tournaments this year. Jaffrey has carded two top-20 finishes, including a tie for third place at the Westbrook Invitational with a 4-under par 212.
Continuing her breakout season, Gravel-Coursol holds a 74.79 scoring average thanks in part to a 1-over par 217 showing at the Red Raider Invitational two weeks ago when she finished sixth. She hopes to add to her productive junior campaign, which has included three top-10 finishes.
In her freshman season, Weir has appeared in eight events and carded a season-best 11th place finish at the Kansas City Shootout. Weir holds a 76.29 stoke average this season.
Nelson has seen action in nine tournaments in her first year at K-State. The junior finished in a tie for 33rd at the Johnie Imes Invitational and carded a season-low round 70 during the final 18 holes of that event. Nelson goes into the Big 12 Championship with a 77.15 stroke average.
K-State finished ninth at last year's Big 12 Championship, while the Wildcats' best placing was in 2009 when Coach Knight guided the Wildcats to a fourth-place finish.
Live stats of the Big 12 Championship can be followed at www.golfstat.com and results will be posted on www.k-statesports.com at the conclusion of play Friday, Saturday and Sunday.