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SLATE: Kansas State’s Connie Jaffrey receives individual NCAA golf bid, All-Big 12 honors

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NFL Draft nuggets, tennis at the Big 12 championships, track all over the place, and baseball hosts Baylor

Once again, K-State will send a golfer to regionals.
Once again, K-State will send a golfer to regionals.
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Big 12 men’s golf co-champion Jeremy Gandon is going to have to wait a few days before he finds out whether he’s going to be representing Kansas State in the post-season.

Connie Jaffrey’s wait is over.

The Wildcat senior not only qualified as an individual for the regional tournament, but she is the top individual qualifier participating in the Madison Regional, May 7-9 at the University Ridge Golf Course in Madison, Wis.

One other Big 12 individual — TCU’s Greta Bruner -- will join Texas, Oklahoma, Baylor, and Texas Tech at the University of Texas Golf Club for the Austin Regional that same weekend; Oklahoma State, which will host the national championship next month, will take part in the San Francisco Regional at TPC Harding Park.

It’s the fourth year in a row K-State has found itself in the women’s golf post-season. In 2015 and 2016 Madison Talley earned individual qualification, while last year the team — including Talley and Jaffrey — received a bid for the first time in thirteen years.

That wasn’t the only big news for Jaffrey this week, as she was named to the All-Big 12 first team. She is only the second Wildcat to ever receive this honor, following three-year honoree and 2004 Big 12 women’s player of the year Christine Boucher.

All in all, as Corbin McGuire related in yesterday’s Sports Extra, it was a good week for K-State golf.

Football

The NFL Draft got underway last night in Arlington, Tex., with Baker Mayfield getting drafted first overall by the Cleveland Browns... and then not another Big 12 player heard his name the rest of the night.

Tonight, the second and third rounds will take place. The burning question for Wildcat fans is whether D.J. Reed will still be waiting for a phone call by the end of the evening. Expectations are that he’ll slide to day three, but hope remains. JT provided a draft profile of Reed yesterday, while AMS added one for Trent Tanking, who’s probably destined for a free-agent deal.

In his weekly K-State Q&A, the Eagle’s Kellis Robinett tackled the question of where eligible Wildcats may get picked, some other burning football topics, and the potential fate of...

Baseball

...Brad Hill, whose Wildcats (18-23, 3-12) return to Tointon tonight at 6:30 to begin a three-game set with the Baylor Bears (23-17, 6-9).

Track and Field

It’s a split weekend for the Wildcats as the distance runners have already begun competition in the storied Drake Relays in Des Moines while the rest of the squad will be competing in the Texas Tech Corky/Crofoot Shootout. The big names will be in action in Lubbock, as Nina Schultz and Tejaswin Shankar return from their Commonwealth Games excursion.

Last night at Drake, Kayla Doll took third in the 3000m steeplechase while Lucas Kock also earned bronze in the men’s 1500m.

Tennis

At 3:00pm, the sixth-seeded Wildcats will take on third seed Texas Tech in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 women’s tennis championship at the Texas Tennis Center in Austin. In today’s Sports Extra, McGuire reports that if there’s one problem the team does not have heading into the post-season, it’s a lack of confidence.