Wildcats Start Strong at Ron Moore Intercollegiate

DENVER, Colo. - The Kansas State women's golf team sits in second place - just two shots back of in-state rival Kansas - after the first round of the Ron Moore Women's Intercollegiate on Friday at the par-72, 6,457-yard Highlands Ranch Golf Course. The Wildcats carded a 3-over par 291 over the first 18 holes as all five members of the scoring lineup currently reside in the top 12.

"The team did well today," K-State head coach Kristi Knight said. "The hole locations were very demanding, but all in all, I think they did a great job of staying below the hole. There is still a lot of golf left to play."

Freshman Connie Jaffrey led the way by carding a 2-under par 70 and sits tied for first at the end of round one. Joining Jaffrey in the top 10 is sophomore Katherine Gravel-Coursol, who is tied for seventh with a 1-over par 73. Sophomore Madison Talley as well as seniors Olivia Eliasson and Carly Ragains each finished the day at 2-over par 74 and are tied for 12th. Playing as an individual, junior Scotland Preston completed play on Friday in a tie for 17th by shooting a 3-over par 75.

Kansas, which tallied a team score of 1-over par 289 on Friday, is paced by Pornvipa Sakdee, who is tied with Jaffrey atop the individual leaderboard at 2-under par. The duo leads three players that are tied for third place at 1-under par 71.

The second round of the Ron Moore Women's Intercollegiate will start at 8:30 a.m. (MT) on Saturday. Live stats can be followed on www.birdiefire.com and final results will be posted on www.kstatesports.com following the conclusion of play.

Ron Moore Women's Intercollegiate

Denver, Colo.

Par 72/6,457 yards

Highlands Ranch Golf Course

Team Scores:
1. Kansas, 289 (+1); 2. Kansas State, 291 (+3); 3. Long Beach State, 293 (+5); 4. Denver, 300 (+12); 5. Nebraska, 306 (+18); 6. Northern Colorado, 307 (+19); 7.Georgetown, 309 (+21); 8. Northern Arizona, 310 (+22); 9. North Dakota State, 313 (+25); 10. Wyoming, 316 (+28); 11. Montana State, 319 (+31); 12 North Dakota, 332 (+44).

Top Individuals: T1. Connie Jaffrey, Kansas State, 70 (-2); T1. Pornvipa Sakdee, Kansas, 70 (-2); T3. Yupaporn Kawinpakorn, Kansas, 71 (-1); T3. Kassidy Teare, Long Beach State, 71 (-1); T3. Alena Groenhout, Denver, 71 (-1).

Other K-State Individuals: T7. Katherine Gravel-Coursol, 73 (+1); T12. Madison Talley, 74 (+2); T12. Olivia Eliasson, 74 (+2); T12. Carly Ragains, 74 (+2); T17. Scotland Preston, 75 (+3)*.

*Denotes Playing as an Individual