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October 24, 2023 (Paradise Island, Bahamas) – Kansas State may not have a chance to practice on seaside golf courses in Manhattan, Kansas, but the Wildcats women’s golf team is still the clear favorite of the 11 teams in this week’s White Sands Bahamas NCAA Invitational at the Ocean Club Golf Course at Paradise Island, Bahamas. The 54-hole event is scheduled from Friday through Sunday (Oct. 27-29).
Kansas State’s best golfer is Carla Bernat, a junior from Spain, who is ranked 31st among collegiate women’s golfers. Interestingly, Bernat played her last two seasons at Tulane, another team in the field that will challenge the Wildcats, who are ranked 66th in the latest Golfweek Sagarin Rankings. Other teams in the top 110 and likely to offer the biggest challenge to Kansas State are Grand Canyon, Delaware, North Florida and Santa Clara, the host school for the event.
However, Bernat will miss the week because she is representing Spain in the upcoming World Amateur Golfers Championship, leaving head coach Stew Burke to find strength in numbers. “We will miss her. Without her, it puts us back in the pack. But we have a talented group and it’s an opportunity for them to step up,” Burke said. Alenka Navarro, a freshman from Mexico, will likely step into the lead role for the Wildcats.
But while Kansas State may not be as secure in its favored position without Bernat, Burke is not worried about the forecasted windy conditions that offer defense for the Ocean Club Golf Course. “We may not have seaside courses in Kansas, but it is windy, so I hope it won’t be much of a difference for us. We are looking forward to the week. Any chance you get to play that golf course is a treat.”
Other teams competing are UNC-Charlotte, Eastern Kentucky, Eastern Michigan, Tampa and Troy. This is the fourth year for the annual golf tournament, which was previously played at the Ocean Club Golf Course in 2019, 2021 and 2022. Texas, Campbell and Lipscomb are the past women’s winners over the 6,415-yard layout designed by past major champion Tom Weiskopf.
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