Wildcat golf teams have solid season openers

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Over the weekend, the Kansas State golf teams both completed their first tournament of the season. The men’s golf team played at the Badger Invitational in Madison, Wisconsin Sept. 10 – 12, and the women’s team played at the Minnesota Invitational in Woodbury, Minnesota Sept. 11 and 12.

The K-State men’s golf team took eighth place out of 16 teams. With 102 players total in the tournament, sophomore Jacob Eklund led the Wildcats with a total score of 214, tying for 15th individually.

They will be heading to the Southern Methodist University National Invitational in Dallas to play Sept. 24 – 26. With just two weeks under their belt, the Wildcats are planning on getting ready for their next tournament and will work on what they need to do to get better.

The K-State women’s golf team placed 10th overall against 13 other teams in the Minnesota Invitational. Although the women’s golf team did not have any individual medalists, freshman Reid Isaac ended up having the best score on the team with a 215, tying for 19th individually.

Women’s head coach Kristi Knight was pleased with the success of the women’s golf team.

“I think it was a solid start overall,” Knight said. “We’re pleased. We didn’t hole many putts. I’m pleased with the fact that they scored lower each day.”

The women’s golf team is getting ready for their upcoming tournament in Manhattan, the Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitational from Sept. 17 – 19. Coach Knight plans on having the girls go out on the course and practice every day on what they need to improve.

“There are many different teams,” Knight said. “North Texas and KU will be there. The hurricane has affected our field a little bit. Florida International is a strong team and unfortunately unable to come. They had to leave campus and had to evacuate. Thankfully, they are all safe.”

The results from the first two golf tournaments will not stop both teams from preparing and getting ready for their next challenges.

The Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitational will be hosted by the K-State women’s golf team at the Colbert Hills Golf Course from Sept. 17 – 19.

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