K-State in 11th at SMU/DAC Invitational

MESQUITE, Texas. - In search of her fourth top-15 finish of the season, Kansas State junior women’s golfer Madison Talley led the Wildcats with a 36-hole score of 3-over par 147 during the first day of the SMU/DAC Invitational on Friday. Talley enters final-round play in a three-way tie for 12th place and is just one stroke away from the top 10.

As a team, the Wildcats carded a 35-over par 611 during the first two rounds and enter final-round play in 11th place at the par-72 6,159-yard Dallas Athletic Club. However, K-State is within striking distance of finishing within the top six as only five shots separate the Wildcats and sixth-place Baylor.

“Round two was a little better, and I am proud of the effort,” K-State head coach Kristi Knight said. “Round one was not good with three scores in the 80s. We were not able to take advantage of the two 73s and made it harder than it was. This course had windy conditions and required patience.”

Junior Katherine Gravel-Coursol joined Talley in the top 25 as she carded a 7-over par 151. Gravel-Coursol, who enters the final round tied for 24th, shot 1-over par 73 in the first round to put her in contention for her fourth top-20 finish of the season.

Junior Paige Nelson is in a tie for 44th with an 11-over par 155. Senior Scotland Preston ended the day in a tie for 64th at 15-over par 159, while sophomore Connie Jaffrey carded a 21-over par 165.

No. 10 Oklahoma State leads the way after carding a 2-over par 578 through the first two rounds, 18 shots better than second-place UNLV. Kansas’ Yuaporm Kawinpakorn is on top of the individual leaderboard after shooting a 7-under par 137 as she leads by six strokes.

The final round of the SMU/DAC Invitational will start at 8 a.m., on Saturday. Live stats can be followed on www.golfstat.com and final results will be posted on www.kstatesports.com following the conclusion of play.

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

Team Scores:
1. Oklahoma State, 295-283—578 (+2); 2. UNLV, 303-293—596 (+20); 3. Washington, 300-298—598 (+22); 4. Iowa State, 301-298—599 (+23); 5. UTSA, 308-296—604 (+28); 6. Baylor, 304-302—606 (+30); 7. SMU, 306-301—607 (+31); 8. Tulane, 302-306—608 (+32); 9. Texas Tech, 305-304—609 (+33); 10. Kansas, 304-306—610 (+34); 11. Kansas State, 307-304—611 (+35); 12. TCU, 307-305—612 (+36); 13. New Mexico State, 311-304—615 (+39); 14. Central Arkansas, 304-318—622 (+46); 15. Florida International, 321-309—630 (+54); 16. North Texas, 353-314—667 (+91.  

Top Individuals:
1. Yupaporn Kawinpakorn, Kansas, 70-67—137 (-7); 2. Emma Broze, Oklahoma State, 73-70—143 (-1); T3. Kenzie Neisen, Oklahoma State, 76-68—144 (E); T3. Emily Penttila, Tulane, 71-73—144 (E); T3. Emma Svensson, Central Arkansas, 68-76—144 (E).

K-State Individuals:
T12. Madison Talley, 73-74--147 (+3); T24. Katherine Gravel-Coursol, 73-78—151 (+7); T44. Paige Nelson, 80-75—155 (+11); T64. Scotland Preston, 82-77—159 (+15); T72. Connie Jaffrey, 81-84--165.