Wildcats Improve 11 Strokes in Second Round

STILLWATER, Okla. Despite showing a double-digit improvement in strokes Saturday, the Kansas State women’s golf team fell a spot to 10th after the second round of the Big 12 Championship. The Wildcats shot a 324 after yesterday’s 335 and will have 18 holes Sunday on the par 72, 6,210-yard Karsten Creek Golf Course to make a move up the leaderboard.

 

“They just have to play their game and stay patient,” head coach Kristi Knight said. “The greens are very challenging. They’re the fastest greens we’ve played all year, and it’s a tough golf course out there. We’ll see what tomorrow brings. They’re still fighting. We’ll hope to improve again tomorrow.”

 

Oklahoma State retained its lead from Friday and will enter Sunday’s round at 29-over par 605, a 14-stroke advantage over second-place Texas A&M. The Cowgirls’ Jaclyn Sweeney is the individual leader after 36 holes at 4-over par 148, and Texas A&M’s Sarah Zwartynski moved into second after a 73 Saturday and sits two strokes back of Sweeney.

 

K-State’s Michelle Regan is currently in 15th place after firing a second-round 82. Regan is now at 15-over par 159 and will be looking for her fifth top-five showing of her senior season. Her best finish at a Big 12 Championship in her previous three years was 32nd last season.

 

Freshman Elise Houtz moved up into a tie for 26th after a solid round of 80 on Saturday. It was the Wildcats’ second-best round of the day, and Houtz is just two strokes out of her first top-20 finish of the season.

 

Kali Quick showed the most improvement of the day for K-State. After struggling Friday and shooting a 94, Quick came back with a 5-over par 77 to total 27-over par 171 for the first two days. The 17-stroke improvement from the first to the second round was the best by any player in the tournament.

 

“Kali made a great comeback,” Knight said. “She came out and played a really solid round. I’m really proud of her today and happy she came out and played a solid round of golf.”

 

Hailey Mireles is tied for 53rd at 30-over par 174, while Abbi Sunner is in 56th at 33-over par 177.

 

The final round of the Big 12 Championship will start Sunday morning. K-State players will be paired with Colorado and Baylor and will begin on hole No. 10. Sunner tees off at 9:50, Mireles at 10:00, Quick at 10:10, Houtz at 10:20 and Regan at 10:30. Live scoring can be found at www.golfstat.com and a tournament recap and results will be posted on www.k-statesports.com following completion of the tournament.

 

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Big 12 Championship

Stillwater, Okla.

Karsten Creek GC

Par 72, 6,210 yards

Team Scores: 1. Oklahoma State, 303-302605 (+29); 2. Texas A&M, 315-304619 (+43); 3. Missouri, 317-319636 (+60); 4. Texas, 321-319640 (+64); 5. Nebraska, 326-317643 (+67); 6. Oklahoma, 335-315650 (+74); 7. Texas Tech, 334-318652 (+76); 8. Iowa State, 331-326657 (+81); 9. Kansas, 333-325658 (+82); 10. Kansas State, 335-324659 (+83); 11. Colorado, 351-322673 (+97); 12. Baylor, 344-339683 (+107);

 

K-State Individuals: 15. Michelle Regan, 77-82159 (+15); T26. Elise Houtz, 84-80164 (+20); T50. Kali Quick, 94-77171 (+27); T53. Hailey Mireles, 82-92174 (+30); 56. Abbi Sunner, 92-85177 (+33)