Wildcats Notch Five Academic All-Big 12 Awards

Hanna Roos

April 10, 2013

MANHATTAN, Kan.—Five members of the Kansas State women’s golf team were named to the Academic All-Big 12 teams, the conference announced. Seniors Hanna Roos and Laura Hildebrandt, along with junior Gianna Misenhelter and sophomore Carly Ragains were named to the first team, while senior Whitney Pyle was named to the second team.

“This is a great accomplishment by these ladies,” said head coach Kristi Knight. “Each semester it is always demanding, but this one has been especially so with multiple cancelled return flights due to weather or tournament conditions. I am very proud of my entire team for their academic efforts.”

This year’s honor marks the third time Roos has been selected to the first team. A graphic design major, Roos is coming off a 62nd-place finish at the Dallas Athletic Club Invitational where she scored a 35-over par 251. The Sweden native posted her best finish of the year at the Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitational earning 11th.

Hildebrandt picked up her second-consecutive honor after also winning the Dr. Gerald Lage Award in 2012, the Big 12’s highest academic honor.  Hildebrandt competed in the Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitational this season where she carded a 47-over par 263.

Misenhelter, who has the third-best stroke average on the team at 76.83, has also earned her second consecutive honor. A public relations major, Misenhelter led the Wildcats at the Dallas Athletic Club Invitational carding a 54-hole score of 13-over par 229 to finish in a tie for 13th. The Overland Park, Kan., native has now earned five top-20 finishes and two top-10 finishes in 10 events this season.

Ragains has earned her first academic all-conference honor. A business major, Ragains has notched three top-20 finishes this season as well as a top-10 finish at the Chip-N-Club Invitational where she placed sixth.

Pyle, an accounting major, earned second-team honors for the second consecutive year. The senior leads the team in stroke average at 76.14 and holds the lowest 18-hole score at 68. Pyle also captured a career-best second-place finish and the third lowest 54-hole score in school history this year at the Johnie Imes Invitational.

To qualify, student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher (either cumulative or the two previous semesters) and must have participated in 60 percent of their team’s scheduled contests. First-team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA while the second team selections hold a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.

Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.

The Wildcats will travel to Rhodes, Iowa, April 19-21, for the Big 12 Championship at the Harvester Golf Club.