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Women’s golf chips away with veterans

By Tim Everson

Teams are always pleased when the core of their players return. Such is the case with the K-State women’s golf team, who returns all five of their top scorers.

Last season saw marked improvement for the Wildcats. K-State faltered down the stretch of the Big 12 tournament falling from fifth place to eighth in Day 3 while then-junior Madison Talley finished fourth and advanced to a NCAA regional.

“We played as well in the spring as we have the last few years, and that’s important,” head coach Kristi Knight said.

Adding to all of the returners are South African freshman Tash Carlsson and Clovis, California, native Hayden Mammen.

“I’m excited about those two, I think they’ll bring energy, competitive experience and talent. They’re going to make us a stronger team.”

With the improvement over the past several years one would think that expectations would start to rise but Knight prefers her team to be driven by the goals that they set rather than tied to expectations.

“Obviously you have goals,” Knight said. “You want the team to play well you want individuals to play well. My hope for not just Madison but all the ladies is that they come in prepared, they come in ready to go out and continue to improve and continue to reach new heights for K-State Golf.”

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