KU Women's Golf To Start Season In Nebraska

Sept. 13, 2009

LAWRENCE, Kan. – The Kansas women’s golf team will open its 2009-2010 season at the Chip-N Club Invitational in Lincoln, Neb, Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 14-15.

The tournament will take place at the Wilderness Ridge Golf Course (6,214-yard, par 72), with 36 holes on Monday and the final round on Tuesday.

“We are excited to start the season,” said KU Head Coach Erin O’Neil. “The Nebraska tournament is being played at Wilderness Ridge and most of the players are familiar with the course, which is always a positive. Our goal is to take it one shot at a time and maintain a never give up attitude.”

The 13-team field includes Big 12 rivals Kansas State, Missouri and Nebraska – which has won five of the last six Chip-N Club team titles and holds four straight titles at Wilderness Ridge. Other teams competing include Arkansas-Little Rock, Arkansas State, Creighton, Illinois State, North Dakota State, Northern Iowa, Sacramento State, South Dakota State and Wichita State.

The Jayhawks took seventh place at the event last year, with the top finish coming from Grace Thiry, who placed 10th. She will compete as an individual at the event this year. Additional Jayhawks on the roster for the tournament are Emily Powers, Meghan Gockel, Sydney Wilson, Meghna Bal and Kalynd Carson.

Powers led the team last year with a 76.45 average and tied for 20th-place at the Chip-N Club a year ago. Bal, Carson and Gockel averaged 78.1, 79.06 and 79.09 respectively to round out the top four finishes on the team last season.

In 2008-2009, the Jayhawks brought home five top-five team finishes, with the best finish coming at the Rio Verde Collegiate Invitational, where the team took the title. The team rounded out the year by taking fifth-place at the Big 12 Championship, marking the program’s best placing ever at the event.