K-State women’s golf preview

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The K-State women’s golf
team will be traveling to Austin, Texas to compete in the Challenge at Onion
Creek. It will be played on the original Onion Creek par-70, 5,281 yard course. The Wildcats will look to build on their second place finish last week, and try to finish
at the top spot.

K-State finished with a three-round team score of 62-over par at the Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitational last Tuesday which was played at Colbert Hills Golf Club, a par-72 6,265 yard course.

“We have played more good holes than bad in the first two events,” head coach Kristi Knight said, according to a K-State sports press release. “Our bad holes however, have been costly. When we can eliminate or at least reduce the big numbers, we will really be able to post some great scores.”

The Wildcats will be sending a diverse and talented group, starting with senior Gianna Misenhelter. She was atop the standings after her first two rounds last week, but shot a poor final round and dropped down to tie for ninth place.

Juniors Olivia Eliasson and Carly Ragains will look to imitate their success last week, after finishing in the top 10. Freshmen Madison Talley and Katherine Gravel-Coursol will round out the group of golfers that will be representing the Wildcats this week in Austin. The pair will be playing in their second-ever division one golf tournament, and look to continue their growth as college golfers.

“This year’s team appears to be more composed and a little tougher,” head coach Knight said, according to a K-State sports press release. “But it is still important to stay in the present and focus on each shot.”

The Wildcats will enter the tournament ranked No. 54 in the country and will be the second highest ranked team in the tournament. They will be amongst 10 other schools, including fellow Big 12 schools Kansas, who is coming off a big win at the Marilynn Smith Invitational, Texas Tech and Baylor. The Bears will only be sending players to compete individually.

“We face a good field and a good golf course at Onion Creek,” Knight said, according to a K-State sports press release. “It will be a much different style of course then we have been playing on, but that is what makes golf great.”

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