Wildcats head south for tourney in Oklahoma

Madison Talley, junior, reads her line on the green to the hole nine during the Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitational at Colbert Hills Golf Course on Sep. 8, 2015. (File Photo by Emily Starkey | The Collegian)

The K-State women’s golf team will travel to Norman, Oklahoma for the Schooner Fall Classic after placing fourth at the Sunflower Invitational in Manhattan last weekend.

The Schooner Fall Classic is a three-day event from Saturday to Monday at Belmar Golf Club.

“We have not played at this golf course before, so it will be new for everyone on our team,” head coach Kristi Knight said. “The coaching staff has done some research to try and get some information, but lots of that will come from our practice round on Friday.”

The field at the classic will include Texas A&M, Florida State and Mississippi State, along with nine other teams.

“These three teams are the ones that really stand out from last year,” Knight said. “It is a really good field of teams and should test us again.”

The classic is also a charity event for the Toby Keith Foundation’s OK Kid’s Korral, which is a cost-free, convenient and comfortable home for pediatric cancer patients receiving treatment in Oklahoma City, according to the foundation’s website.

“This is a really good way for all of us to be thankful for our health and being able to play golf every day,” Knight said. “It is important for us not to forget how fortunate we are for our health and we don’t want to take that for granted.”

During the Wildcats’ last outing in the Sunflower Invitational at Colbert Hills, junior Madison Talley finished in the top five and ended very strong.

“(Talley) played very well and she was very solid,” Knight said. “We will be looking for her again to step up for us.”

Knight said she knows that it takes a team effort, however, to finish high in these tournaments.

“Our girls are working hard and hopefully we can have a stronger first round this tournament,” Knight said. “It’s a gorgeous course, and we look forward to a good weekend.”