Wildcats Finish in Ninth at Big 12 Championship

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- The Kansas State women's golf team finished in ninth place after a final-round score of 16-over par 304 on Sunday during the 2015 Big 12 Women's Golf Championship at the par-72, 6,246-yard Dominion Country Club. The Wildcats carded a three-day score of 46-over par 910.


"We had a pretty good season overall," head coach Kristi Knight said. "We had two team wins and two individual wins. Unfortunately, we never got four scores this week. Big 12 Women's Golf is a great league as it is the only league in the nation with every team in the top-62 in the country."

Connie Jaffrey ended the event tied for 25th place at 10-over par 226, including a 2-over par 74 performance on Sunday to improve seven places during the final round. Madison Talley finished a successful season in a tie for 32nd at 13-over par 229. The Clarksville, Arkansas, product led the Wildcats with a 1-over par 73 in the final round to improve eight spots. Katherine Gravel-Coursol was one shot back at 14-over par 230 to tie for 35th.

Seniors Olivia Eliasson and Carly Ragains both finished their golfing careers at K-State on Sunday. Eliasson tied for 38th with a score of 16-over par 232, while Ragains was one stroke behind her at 17-over par 233 to tie for 40th.

"We are capable of a much better result but did not get it done," Knight said. "We had a good year, but no excuses -- we did not play well as a team and never got four scores, and that does not cut it in this league. We have improved greatly this season from last."

Entering the day with a 10-shot advantage, Baylor held on to the top team spot to capture the 2015 Big 12 Championship with a winning score of 3-over par 867. The Bears finished 12 shots better than second-place TCU, which jumped three positions on the final day.

Oklahoma State's Kenzie Neison defeated Baylor's Laura Lonardi in the second playoff hole to win the individual championship. Both players finished with a 54-hole score of 4-under par 212.

K-State finished the season with a 93-53-2 record. The Wildcats will return five players from this year's squad,including Talley and Jaffrey, who competed in every event during the 2014-15 season.

Big 12 Women's Golf Championship
San Antonio, Texas
Par 72/6,246 Yards
The Dominion Country Club

Team Scores:
1.Baylor, 282-291-294--867 (+3); 2. TCU, 296-295-288--879 (+15); 3. Texas Tech, 289-294-297--880 (+16); 4. Iowa State, 290-300-291--881 (+17; 5. Oklahoma State, 291-293-300--884 (+12); 6. Texas 300-296-291--887 (+23); 7. Oklahoma, 295-302-297--894 (+30); 8. Kansas, 301-301-304--906 (+42); 9. Kansas State, 301-305-304--910 (+46).

Top Individuals: 1. Kenzie Neisen, Oklahoma State, 69-70-73--212 (-4)*; 2. Laura Lonardi, Baylor, 70-72-70--212 (-4); 3. Kortnie Maxoutopoulis, TCU, 72-74-68--214 (-2); 4. Pornvipa Sakdee, Kansas, 68-74-74--216 (E); T5. Yupaporn Kawinpakorn, Kansas, 73-69-75--217 (+1); T5. Hannah Wood, Oklahoma, 73-71-73--217 (+1); T5. Dylan Kim, Baylor, 71-73-73--217 (+1); T5. Stephanie Bertelsen, Texas Tech, 70-73-74--217 (+1).

K-State Individuals: T25. Connie Jaffrey, 77-75-74--226 (+10); T32. Madison Talley, 74-82-73--229 (+13); T36. 76-74-80--230 (+14); T36. Katherine Gravel-Coursol, 76-74-80--230 (+14), T38. Olivia Eliasson, 78-76-78--232 (+16); T40. Carly Ragains, 74-80-79--233 (+17).