THE FORMAT: The 2007 Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitational, hosted by
Kansas State, begins Monday, Oct. 1, with 36 holes and finishes
Tuesday, Oct. 2, with the final 18. Both days will begin at 8:30 a.m.
with shotgun starts, and Tuesday’s final round pairings will be
determined by the two rounds played Monday. The low four individual
scores will determine the team score for each round.
THE FIELD: Despite placing second to Texas State in the 2007
Chip-N-Club Invitational, K-State holds a 6-4 record against the field.
The 13-team field includes Arkansas-Little Rock, Creighton, Evansville,
Illinois State, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Nebraska, North Texas,
Redlands CC, Southern Mississippi, Texas State and Wichita State.
THE HOST – Colbert Hills Golf Club: Co-designed by both Senior PGA
golfer Jim Colbert and golf course architect Jeff Brauer, the par 72,
6,157-yard championship course has been the home course of the K-State
men and women since opening in May 2000. Colbert Hills has hosted
numerous collegiate men’s and women’s tournaments, including the NCAA
Men’s Central Regional in May 2003, and most recently the 2007 Jim
Colbert Intercollegiate, held Sept. 24-25. The course was rated as the
6th-best college course in the country by Golfweek.
LAST TIME OUT: The Wildcats went west to Highlands Ranch, Colo., Sept.
17-18 for the Ron Moore Intercollegiate in their second tournament of
the season. K-State finished in 16th place after rounds of
310-315-309—934 (+70). Kali Quick tied for 36th after a final tally of
14-over par 230. Hailey Mireles was second on the team and tied for
50th overall with an 18-over par 234. Michelle Regan and Abbi Sunner
finished in a tie for 57th after both shooting 19-over par 235. Krista
Nelson was tied for 79th with a two-day total of 243 (+27).
HOME SWEET HOME: Colbert Hills has been very kind to the Wildcats in
their last two appearances on their home course. The 2003 Marilynn
Smith/Sunflower Invitational saw K-State win the team championship.
Five Wildcats finished in the top 20 en route to a team score of 925,
good enough for a 10-stroke advantage over Big 12 rival Nebraska in
second place. Then, in the 2005 Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitational,
K-State finished in third place in the 12-team field, and Helene Robert
was the individual tournament champion after posting a 1-under par 215.
K-State’s MARILYNN sMITH/SUNFLOWER INVITATIONAL Lineup
Name Yr Hometown
Michelle Regan Sr Prairie Village, Kan.
Abbi Sunner So Ankeny, Iowa
Kali Quick Sr Nampa, Idaho
Hailey Mireles Sr Garden City, Kan.
Morgan Moon So Amarillo, Texas
*Krista Nelson Jr Overland Park, Kan.
*Emily Houtz Fr Manhattan, Kan.
*Elise Houtz Fr Manhattan, Kan.
* playing as an individual
fall Preview of the Wildcats: K-State loses two players from last year
due to graduation in Helene Robert and Katy Heffel, but head coach
Kristi Knight looks to have an experienced squad in 2007-2008. The
Wildcats will be lead by the senior trio of Hailey Mireles, Kali Quick
and Michelle Regan. Mireles played in every tournament a year ago and
owned a 78.38 stroke average along with a pair of top-20 finishes.
Quick competed in seven tournaments last year, including a season best
13th-place appearance at the NMSU Invitational, and posted a 78.84
stroke average. Regan had season-high fourth-place showing at the
Badger Invitational last year and led the Wildcats in stroke average at
76.54. Coach Knight will also look to junior Krista Nelson and
sophomores Abbi Sunner and Morgan Moon, as well as incoming freshmen
twins Emily and Elise Houtz, to field a competitive squad in the