Wildcats Capture Team and Individual Titles at Ron Moore

DENVER, Colo. - Individual champion Olivia Eliasson led four K-State players in the top 10 as the women's golf team triumphed Sunday at the Ron Moore Women's Intercollegiate for its second team title of the season. The Wildcats carded a 13-over par 877, including a third-round score of 6-over par 294 on Sunday, at Highlands Ranch Golf Club as they pulled away from in-state rival Kansas for the second time this season as they also won the Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitational last month in Lawrence.
 
Eliasson, who captured first place by carding a 3-under par 213, shot a third-round score of 2-under par 70 en route to the victory. It was her first top-five finish of the season and first individual championship of her career. The Bjarred, Sweden, native teamed with Carly Ragains as the only two golfers under par in round three. Ragains finished the tournament in seventh place at 5-over par 221, including a 1-under par 71 on Sunday.
 
"I am very proud of the team," K-State head coach Kristi Knight said. "Olivia and Carly played awesome today. They were both under par today and were playing some good golf. I am very happy for Olivia. She continues to improve her game and I know how important this win is for her."
 
The two wins for the Wildcats this season are the most since also winning two events in 2003-04 at the Sunflower Invitational (10/13-14/03) and the Texas A&M "Mo" Morial (3/1-2/04).
 
Freshman Connie Jaffrey joined Eliasson in the top five as she tied for fifth. Jaffrey carded a 3-over par 219, which included a 2-under par 70 in round one. Madison Talley tied for ninth by shooting an 8-over par 224, while Katherine Gravel-Coursol and Scotland Preston -- who played as an individual -- tied for 21st at 13-over par 229. 
 
Kansas finished in second place, seven shots back of the Wildcats, at 20-over par 844. The Jayhawks were led by Yupaporn Kawipakorn and Pornvipa Sakdee, who finished second and third, respectively.
 
K-State will be back in action in two weeks, Oct. 26-28, as the Wildcats close out the fall season in Kiawah Island, South Carolina, for the Palmetto Intercollegiate at Turtle Point Golf Course.  
 
Ron Moore Women's Intercollegiate
Denver, Colo.
Par 72/6,457 yards
Highlands Ranch Golf Course
 
Team Scores: 1. Kansas State, 291-292-294--877 (+13); 2. Kansas, 289-296-299--884 (+20); 3. Long Beach State, 293-289-297--888 (+24); 4. Nebraska, 306-296-298--900 (+36); 5. Denver, 301-301-302--904 (+40); 6. Georgetown, 309-302-308--919 (+55); T7. Northern Arizona, 310-317-300--927 (+63); T7. North Dakota State, 313-309-305--927 (+63); 9. Northern Colorado, 307-314-311--932 (+68); 10. Wyoming, 316-311-311--938 (+74); 11. Montana State, 319-315-308--942 (+78); 12. North Dakkota, 332-325-322--979 (+115).
 
Top Individuals: 1. Olivia Elasson, Kansas State, 74-69-70--213 (-3); 2. Yupaporn Kawinpakorn, Kansas, 71-72-72--215 (-1); 3. Pornvipa Sakdee, Kansas, 70-75-72--217 (+1); 4. Kassidy Teare, Long Beach State, 71-71-77--219 (+3); T5. Connie Jaffrey, Kansas State, 70-74-75--220 (+4); T5. Chaewon Park, Long Beach State, 72-76-72--220 (+4).  
 
Other K-State Individuals: 7. Carly Ragains, 74-76-71--221 (+5); T9. Madison Talley, 74-73-77--224 (+8); T21. Katherine Gravel-Coursol, 73-78-78--299 (+13); T21. Scotland Preston  75-80-74--229 (+13).
 
*Denotes Playing as an Individual