Women Net Trio of Golfers on Academic All-Big 12 Team

MANHATTAN, Kan. Three student-athletes from the Kansas State women’s golf team were honored as Academic All-Big 12 selections, the league office announced Wednesday.


Senior Hailey Mireles and sophomore Abbi Sunner were named to the first team, while senior Kali Quick was awarded second-team honors.


Mireles has now made the first team for three straight years. The Garden City, Kan., native is studying kinesiology/pre-physical therapy and has played in every tournament this season for the Wildcats. Mireles owns a 79.04 stroke average this year through 25 rounds.


Sunner was one of just five golfers on the Big 12 Conference’s list of 66 Academic All-Big 12 men’s and women’s selections to own a perfect 4.0 GPA. The product of Ankeny, Iowa, is majoring in nutritional sciences/pre-chiropractic. She is third on the team in stroke average at 78.39 and has three top-20 finishes this season.


This is Quick’s second consecutive year to land on the second team after being a first-team selection as a sophomore. Quick, from Nampa, Idaho, is studying mass communications/electronic journalism. The senior is tied with Michelle Regan for a team-best 76.96 stroke average heading into the Big 12 Championship and has three top-fives on the season.


Wildcat head coach Kristi Knight has now placed 29 of her players on Academic All-Big 12 lists in her time with K-State.


To qualify for Academic All-Big 12 honors, 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 his/her team’s scheduled contests. 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.


Mireles, Sunner and Quick will all be representing the Wildcats at the Big 12 Championship in Stillwater, Okla., on April 25-27 at the par 72, 6,210-yard Karsten Creek Golf Course.