K-State Cuts Strokes in Round Two

BOULDER CITY, Nev. The Kansas State women’s golf team improved 10 strokes on Tuesday, shooting a 13-over par 301, but was unable to move up the leaderboard after the second round of the UNLV Spring Invitational. The Wildcats now sit at 36-over par 612, which leaves them in 16th place after 36 holes. The double-digit stroke improvement was tied for second-best in the field with Colorado State (304-294), right behind Long Beach State who made up 12 strokes (321-309) on Tuesday.


“Tomorrow is another day,” head coach Kristi Knight said. “Today was a little bit better, and we need to be a little bit lower still tomorrow. So we’re going to try and build from today and just keep going forward.”


Washington State, sitting atop the leaderboard, is the only team in the field under par. The Cougars are at 2-under 574 and own a three-stroke lead over second place BYU. Oregon’s Cathryn Bristow and Idaho’s Kelly Nakashima are tied for first individually at 6-under par 138.


K-State’s Michelle Regan used a 2-under par round of 70, her lowest round of the season, to get back into contention for a top-20 showing. Regan sits in a tie for 21st at 2-over par 146. The senior was 2-under after four holes and even after eight. She then played the final 10 holes in 2-under par fashion and is just one stroke out of the top 20 with one round left.


Four Wildcats improved from round one to round two, and none showed more improvement than Hailey Mireles. Mireles shot a 1-over par 73 after firing an 80 on Monday and is in a tie for 57th at 9-over par 153. Mireles had 17 pars and one bogey on her round Tuesday, and the 73 is one stroke off her best round this season.


“I’m real proud of Hailey,” Knight said. “She was really fighting every aspect of her game in round one. But she went right out to the range yesterday afternoon, and we figured out the keys for her. She went out there today and put it into play. I was very proud of her.”


Elise Houtz missed tying her low round this season by a stroke, shooting a 78 and putting her in a tie for 76th at 13-over par 157. Abbi Sunner is a stroke behind and is tied for 78th. Kali Quick is at 17-over par 161 and tied for 88th.


Final day action of the tournament begins at 7:30 a.m. (PT) Wednesday. Kali Quick will be the first Wildcat on the course as she tees off on the back nine at 7:38 a.m. (PT). Sunner, Houtz, Mireles and Regan all follow Quick in eight-minute intervals. Live scoring is available at www.golfstat.com.





UNLV Spring Rebel Invitational

Boulder City, Nevada

Boulder Creek Golf Course

Par 72, 6,204 yards

Team Scores: 1. Washington State, 285-289574 (-2); 2. BYU, 293-284577 (+1); 3. Texas Tech, 292-286578 (+2); 4. San Francisco, 291-290581 (+5); 5. Oregon, 292-291583 (+7); 6. UNLV, 284-302586 (+10); T7. Campbell, 297-293590 (+14); T7. Washington, 293-297590 (+14); T7. UC Davis, 296-294590 (+14); 10. Idaho, 297-295592 (+16); T11. Indiana, 295-299594 (+18); T11. Fresno State, 301-293594 (+18); 13. Colorado State, 304-294598 (+22); 14. Sacramento State, 299-301600 (+24); 15. New Mexico State, 305-302607 (+31); 16. Kansas State, 311-301612 (+36); 17. Long Beach State, 321-309630 (+54); 18. Eastern Washington, 322-315637 (+61)


K-State Individuals: T21. Michelle Regan, 76-70146 (+2); T57. Hailey Mireles, 80-73153 (+9); T76. Elise Houtz, 79-78157 (+13); T78. Abbi Sunner, 78-80158 (+14); T88. Kali Quick, 78-83161 (+17)