K-State Captures Top-Five Finish in Nebraska

Olivia Eliasson

Sept. 11, 2012

LINCOLN, Neb. — The Kansas State women’s golf team moved up one spot on the leaderboard to finish in fourth during Tuesday’s final round of the Chip-N-Club Invitational at the par-72, 6,075-yard Country Club of Lincoln.

K-State, which carded the lowest second-round score at 309, came back with a final-round 310 to edge fifth-place Iowa by four strokes.

“We were able to move up to fourth, which is great,” said head coach Kristi Knight. “This was a very good and tough course. The team did their best, but we know we will need to improve before the next event.”

SMU captured the Chip-N-Club Invitational team title for the second straight season at 39-over par 903, 15 shots better than second-place Missouri. The Mustangs’ Alexandra Rossi was the top individual at 3-over par 219, thanks to a tournament-best final-round 68 on Tuesday. North Dakota State’s Amy Anderson was runner-up for the second straight year after winning medalist honors in 2009 and 2010.

Sophomore Carly Ragains led the way for Kansas State, carding a 54-hole score of 11-over par 227 following a 5-over par 77 in the final round, earning a career-best sixth-place finish.

Junior Gianna Misenhelter also carded a 5-over par 77 in the final round to finish in a tie for 13th at 16-over par 232. The Overland Park, Kan., native has now finished in the top-20 10 times in her career, which leads the squad.

Senior Whitney Pyle moved up one spot on the leaderboard to finish in a tie for 19th with a 54-hole score of 20-over par 236.

Making the biggest move of the day, sophomore Olivia Eliasson bettered her second-round score by seven shots in Tuesday’s final round to move up nine spots on the leaderboard. Eliasson finished in a tie for 29th with a 54-hole score of 24-over par 240.

Senior Hanna Roos rounded out the Wildcat scoring lineup at 32-over par 248 to finish in 45th. One spot behind Roos was freshman Scotland Preston, who shot a 34-over par 250 in her first collegiate appearance.

K-State will be back in action Sept. 24-25, when it travels to Lawrence, Kan., for the Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitational.

Chip-N-Club Invitational
Country Club of Lincoln
Par 72/6,075 yards

Team Scores: 1. SMU, 304-310-289—903 (+39); 2. Missouri, 299-312-307—918 (+54); 3. North Dakota State, 306-318-308—932 (+68); 4. Kansas State, 316-309-310—935 (+71); 5. Iowa, 311-313-315—939 (+75); 6. Xavier, 319-317-307—943 (+79); 7. Nebraska, 317-313-318—948 (+84); T8. Missouri State, 314-315-323—952 (+88); T8. Houston Baptist, 323-315-314—952 (+88); 10. Wichita State, 321-320-332—973 (+109); 11. Nebraska-Omaha, 338-333-335—1006 (+42); 12. Creighton, 332-343-338—1013 (+149); 13. South Dakota, 351-349-339—1039 (+175).

Top Individuals: 1. Alexandra Rossi, SMU, 70-81-68—219 (+3); 2. Amy Anderson, North Dakota State, 74-73-74—221 (+5); 3. Michelle Butler, Missouri, 74-77-71—222 (+6); 4. Jenny Haglund, SMU, 75-77-72—224 (+8); 5. Katherine Helper, Missouri, 74-76-75—225 (+9).

K-State Individuals: 6. Carly Ragains, 78-72-77—227 (+11); T13. Gianna Misenhelter, 76-79-77—232 (+16); T19. Whitney Pyle, 83-74-79—236 (+20); T29. Olivia Eliasson, 79-84-77—240 (+24); 45. Hanna Roos, 83-85-80—248 (+32); T46. Scotland Preston*, 82-82-86—250 (+34).

*Indicates competed as individual