Wildcats to play in Texas for inaugural Bruzzy Challenge

Then-junior Paige Nelson follows her ball to the green of hole 11 at Colbert Hills during a women's golf team practice on Oct. 13, 2015. (Archive Photo by Evert Nelson | Collegian Media Group)

The Kansas State women’s golf team will travel to Carrolton, Texas, today to compete in the inaugural Bruzzy Challenge at the Maridoe Golf Club.

The Bruzzy Challenge will consist of three rounds. The first two rounds will be played today, and the two-day tournament will be concluded with the final round on Tuesday.

The Wildcats were last in action in the MountainView Collegiate Invitational from Mar. 23 to 25, where the team finished in a tie for eighth place.

Senior Connie Jaffrey, currently ranked 47th in the country, has had an outstanding spring season so far. She has finished in the top 10 in all three tournaments the Wildcats have competed in this season, and she has a team-best average of 71.58 strokes.

Behind Jaffrey, K-State’s lineup for the Bruzzy Challenge will feature freshmen Reid Isaac, Niamh McSherry, Ella Adams and Darby Deans.

These four freshmen hold the second best stroke average in the country with a stroke average of 75.71. They are just short of Vanderbilt by a stroke per round. Of the four freshmen, Isaac leads the group with a stroke average of 74.13.

The Wildcats will be competing against 13 teams in the Bruzzy Challenge. One of those teams is Big 12 opponent Texas Tech, and three of them are ranked nationally: Houston, ranked 26; Texas A&M, ranked 38; and Texas Tech, ranked 50.

“This is a new event on the college calendar,” head coach Kristi Knight said to K-State Sports. “Maridoe Golf Club is a cool course outside of Dallas, which looks like it will require a variety of shots. It is similar to Trinity Forest, which we played in October.”

On both days of the tournament, the golf will begin with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.

To follow the Bruzzy Challenge, live scoring will be posted at www.golfstat.com.