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Wildcats Head South to Open Spring Slate


Feb. 13, 2014

K-State Athletics

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- The Kansas State women's golf team will get its spring season underway this weekend as the Wildcats head to Tallahassee, Fla., to participate in the Florida State Matchup, Feb. 14-16, at the par-72, 7,172-yard Southwood Golf Club.

The tournament is a very unique event in that there are two competitions being scored - a typical collegiate tournament where team and individual scores are kept, as well as a paired competition in which participating teams will join forces and complete as one. Kansas State will be paired with 31st ranked Mississippi State.

The 12 participating teams will tee-off in twos during the first two rounds on Friday and Saturday and play in threes for the final 18 holes on Sunday with an 8:30 a.m., start on all three days.

"I know there is strategic bunkering that comes into play off the tee on several holes, and good wedge play off of tight lies will be important on this course," head coach Kristi Knight said.

The Wildcat scoring lineup will consist of senior Gianna Misenhelter, juniors Olivia Eliasson and junior Carly Ragains, along with freshman Katherine Gravel-Coursol and sophomore Scotland Preston.

"We have seen a lot of good performances in our practice challenges," Knight said. "The team is looking forward to competing again and starting off strong in the spring season."

Ragains looks to continue the success she enjoyed during the fall slate, which included four top-20 finishes and one top-10. The junior competed in all five events, boasting a team-best 75.72 stroke average, while each of her rounds contributed towards the team's score.

Eliasson, who had the Wildcats' highest individual finish of the fall with a third-place performance at the Sunflower Invitational, also fired a team-best 3-under par 69 in the second round of the season-opening Ram Classic.

Misenhelter is looking to cap her Wildcat career with a successful spring as the senior participated in all five events during the fall and had the second-best stroke average on the team at 76.99, which was aided by a 1-under par 71 in the second round of the Sunflower Invitational.

Preston and Gravel-Coursol are looking to build on their young careers at K-State. Both golfers have tallied a top-25 finish this year and have contributed more than 60 percent of their rounds to the total team's score.

The Wildcats will be joined in the field by Mississippi State, Florida State, Texas A&M, Virginia, Clemson, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Kansas, Furman, Florida Gulf Coast and Mercer.

Live stats of the Florida State Matchup can be followed at www.golfstat.com and recaps of the tournament will be posted on www.kstatesports.com at the conclusion of play on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.