Wildcat men’s golf opens season, women head to New Mexico

Trent Evans, freshman, practices his swing at Colbert Hills on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. (Cassandra Nguyen | The Collegian)

After a season opening victory, the K-State women will return to action today in Albuquerque, New Mexico at the Branch Law Firm Dick McGuire Invitational. Meanwhile, the men will travel to Monterey, California for their first tournament of the season in the Saint Mary’s Invitational.

The women’s tournament will include three teams from the Big 12 other than K-State. Oklahoma State and Iowa State will also represent the conference.

The men’s Saint Mary’s Invitational does not feature any Big 12 teams other than the Wildcats. In fact, K-State is the only team from a power conference in the tournament.

The Wildcat women were led by a freshman duo — Connie Jaffrey and Chandler Gallagher — in their first tournament win in 10 years last week. The pair will get a chance to do it again at the UNM Championship Golf Course.

Other players on head coach Kristi Knight’s score card include sophomores Katherine Gravel-Coursol and Madison Talley, and senior Olivia Eliasson. Senior Carly Ragains will be participating as an individual.

Jaffrey, Gallagher and Talley all finished in the top five in the Sunflower Invitational.

For head coach Grant Robbins’ squad, all five players on the scorecard are redshirt sophomores or younger. Matt Green and Hank Simpson are the eldest Wildcats. Sophomores Seth Smith and Connor Knabe are also playing, with freshman Trent Evans rounding out the group.

The team has not made a statement on why senior Kyle Weldon is not participating in the tournament.

The Wildcats will be playing at The Bayonet Black Horse Golf Courses. Today will be played at the Bayonet Course and Tuesday will be played at the Black Horse Course.