K-State Climbs Four Spots to Finish Seventh

MESQUITE, Texas – Backed by three scores below 75, the Kansas State women's golf team jumped four spots in the final round on Saturday to finish in a tie for seventh place at the SMU/DAC Invitational. The Wildcats recorded a 9-over par 297 in the final round to finish with a 54-hole total of 44-over par 908 at the Dallas Athletic Club.

K-State’s four-spot improvement on the leaderboard was the second highest of the day as the Wildcats finished ahead of three top-50 teams, including No. 16 Iowa State and No. 25 Texas Tech.

“We had a better day today,” K-State head coach Kristi Knight said. “It was nice to move up the leaderboard in the last round. I am proud of the team’s effort, but we cannot continue to put ourselves toward the back in the first round.”

Junior Madison Talley picked up her fifth top-20 finish of the season and 13th of her career as she finished in a tie for 18th at 7-over par 223. Fellow junior Katherine Gravel-Coursol carded a 9-over par 225 to finish in 23rd place following a final-round score of 2-over par 74. Junior Page Nelson also fired a 74 on Saturday to finish in a tie for 36th at 13-over par 229.

Connie Jaffrey battled back from a pair of rounds in the 80s on Friday as she carded a team-low 1-over par 73 on Saturday. The sophomore finished in a tie for 69th at 22-over par 238. Senior Scotland Preston totaled a 25-over par 241 to finish in 73rd place.

No. 10 Oklahoma State won the team title after firing a 4-over par 868, 20 shots ahead of second-place UNLV. Kansas’ Yuaporm Kawinpakorn took the the individual title by five strokes as she recorded a 6-under par 210.

Kansas State will be back in action next week, April 8-9, in the Texas Tech Invitational at the Rawls Course in Lubbock, Texas. Prior to that event, freshman Chloe Weir will compete individually in the Kansas City Shootout on Monday and Tuesday, at Shoal Creek Golf Club in Kansas City, Missouri.

SMU/DAC Invitational
Par 72/6,159 yards
Mesquite, Texas
Dallas Athletic Club

Team Scores: 1. Oklahoma State, 295-283-290—868 (+4); 2. UNLV, 303-293-292—888 (+24); 3. Washington, 300-298-297—895 (+31); 4. SMU, 306-301-296—903 (+39); 5. Baylor, 304-302-298—904 (+40); 6. TCU, 307-305-293—905 (+41); T7. Kansas State, 307-304-297—908 (+44); T7. Kansas, 304-306-298—908 (+44); T9. Texas Tech, 305-304—300—909 (+45); T9. Iowa State, 301-298-310—909 (+45); 12. Tulane, 302-306-304—912 (+48); 13. New Mexico State, 311-304-299—914 (+50); T14. Central Arkansas, 304-318-295—917 (+53); T14. Florida International, 321-309-287—917 (+53); 16. North Texas, 353-314-306—973 (+109).

Top Individuals: 1. Yupaporn Kawinpakorn, Kansas, 70-67-73—210 (-6); T2. Emma Broze, Oklahoma State, 73-70-72—215 (-1); T2. Emma Svensson, Central Arkansas, 68-76-71—215 (-1); T2. Linnena Johansson, Oklahoma State,73-70-72—215 (-1); 5. Alexandra Kaui, UNLV, 73-73-70—216 (E).

K-State Individuals: T18. Madison Talley, 73-74-76--233 (+7); 23. Katherine Gravel-Coursol, 73-78-74—255 (+9); T36. Paige Nelson, 80-75-74—299 (+13); T69. Connie Jaffrey, 81-84-73—233 (+22); 73. Scotland Preston, 82-77-82—241 (+25).