K-State Ties for Seventh at Price's Give?em Five


LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The Kansas State women's golf team fired a final-round 300 on Wednesday to finish seventh in the 18-team Price's Give'em Five Intercollegiate at the NMSU Golf Course.

K-State carded a 900 (+36) in the tournament, its best score of the season. The Wildcats moved up one spot after round two but were unable to improve in the final round. The Cats finished in the top three in par-3 scoring (+1) and finished third-best in total pars with 170.

"There were a lot of good things that we did in this competition," said head coach Kristi Knight. "It was a solid tournament for us, even though we never really got a good feel for the greens here. This is the deepest field that we have played in all year, and I feel like we gave ourselves a chance given the stiff competition. We were a little disappointed with our 300 in the final round, but overall I think you can tell that we are definitely improving."

Idaho shot 288 (E) in the final round to give the Vandals a three-round score of 871 (+7) to win the competition, seven strokes better than second-place UC-Irvine, which finished with a score of 878.

Christine Wong of San Diego State shot a final round 69 (-3) to finish with a 54-hole score of 206 (-10), giving her the individual title. Idaho's Kayla Mortello's 67 in the final round was the best score of the day, which propelled her into second place with a three-round total of 210 (-6).

Leading the Wildcats was Ami Storey, who shot a career-low three-round score of 223 (+7). Storey concluded the competition with a 74 (+2) in the final round to put her in a tie for 14th, the best finish of her career.

"Ami has improved so much from last season," said Knight. "Right now, her ball striking is as good as I have seen in her career. She is finding success because she keeps the ball in the fairway and avoids trouble."

Morgan Moon shot a 1-over par 73 in the final round, giving her a career-low 54-hole score of 224 (+8). The senior finished in a tie for 23rd.

Fellow senior Abbi Sunner concluded with a three-round score of 224 (+8) after shooting a 2-over par 74 in the final round. Like Moon, Sunner finished in a tie for 23rd.

Hanna Roos shot a 79 (+7) in the final round, giving her a three-round score of 234 (+18) to put her in a tie for 64th.

Trailing Roos by one stroke was Emily Houtz, who carded a 54-hole score of 235 (+17) to put her in a tie for 68th.

K-State will conclude its fall season on Oct. 26th and 27th, in the Edwin Watts Intercollegiate at Oak Point Golf Course in Kiawah Island, S.C.

Price's Give'em Five Intercollegiate

Las Cruces, N.M.

New Mexico State University Golf Course

Par 72 / 6,193  yards

Team Scores: 1. Idaho, 296-287-288-871 (+7); 2. UC-Irvine, 294-290-294-878 (+14); 3. SDSU, 300-295-285-880 (+16); T4. Fresno State, 298-297-299-894 (+30); T4. Baylor, 303-294-297-894 (+30); 6. Arizona, 304-295-300-899 (+35); T7. Kansas State, 305-295-300-900 (+36); T7. Kansas, 306-297-297-900 (+36); 9. Oregon State, 303-303-300-906 (+42); 10. North Texas, 310-304-293-907 (+43); T11. UTEP, 305-301-302-908 (+44); T11. Colorado State, 305-301-302-908 (+44); 13. Nevada, 311-299-302-912 (+48); 14. New Mexico State, 305-299-312-916 (+52); 15. Northern Arizona, 308-309-303-920 (+56); 16. Boise State, 313-312-305-930 (+66); 17. Portland State, 311-309-313-933 (+69); 18. Mississippi State, 327-309-301-937 (+73).

Top Individuals: 1. Christine Wong, SDSU, 69-68-69-206 (-10); 2. Kayla Mortellaro, Idaho, 73-70-67-210 (-6); 3. Hillary Packard, UC-Irvine, 73-71-71-215 (-1). 4. Joy Trotter, UC-Irvine, 69-74-74-217 (+1); 5. Hali Coppin, Fresno St., 74-73-71-218 (+2).

K-State Individuals: T14. Ami Storey, 75-74-74-223 (+7); T23. Abbi Sunner, 77-73-74-224 (+8); T23. Morgan Moon, 75-76-73-224 (+8); T64. Hanna Roos, 83-72-79-234 (+18); T68. Emily Houtz, 78-76-81-235 (+19).