K-State Ends Big 12 Championship in Eighth

STILLWATER, Okla. Riding the top-20 finish of Michelle Regan, the Kansas State women’s golf team moved up two spots on Sunday to conclude the Big 12 Championship in eighth place.


Head coach Kristi Knight’s Wildcats fired a 42-over par 330 Sunday on Karsten Creek Golf Course and totaled 335-324-330989 (+125) for the three days.
Entering the day in 10th place, K-State jumped both Kansas and Iowa State in the standings.

 

“I’m proud of the girls for moving up,” Knight said. “We played a lot of good golf. It always feels good to move up in the standings. And I’m very proud of our seniors. They’re three good kids.”

 

Playing on its home course, the Oklahoma State Cowgirls won the Big 12 Championship at 48-over 912, 27 strokes ahead of second-place Texas A&M. Cowgirl Jaclyn Sweeney is the Big 12’s individual champion after carding a 9-over par 225 for the tournament. Oklahoma State also had the second- and third-place finishers in Karin Kinnerud and Amanda Johnson.

 

Regan fired a 9-over par 81 for the Wildcats to total 240 (+24) for her three rounds, landing her in a tie for 15th. It marks Regan’s fifth top-20 this season and her first one in four Big 12 Championships played by the senior. She finishes the season with the best stroke average (77.26) on the squad.

 

Elise Houtz finished in a tie for 27th after shooting 84-80-82246 (+30) for the three days. The freshman made a serious run at her first top-20 of the season, dropping out of top-20 contention on her final hole. The finish is Houtz’s best of the season, coming in ahead of a tie for 28th at the Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitational last fall.

 

“Elise, as a freshman playing the way she did on this kind of golf course, it’s just a fabulous experience for her,” Knight said. “It’s really going to give her a lot to build on having this experience.”

 

A pair of seniors followed Houtz on K-State’s scorecard. Hailey Mireles was at 37-over par 253 for the Championship and in 43rd place after a final round 79, her best 18 holes of the tournament. Kali Quick carded a final round of 88 to finish tied for 52nd at 43-over 259.

 

“Hailey made a super comeback today after the day she had yesterday,” Knight said. “And Kali did a great job yesterday. She had a tough time today but battled the whole way through and never gave up.”

 

Sophomore Abbi Sunner, playing in the second Big 12 Championship of her career, was in 59th at 55-over 271.

 

The Wildcats finish the 2007-08 season with four top-three finishes as a team.

 

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Big 12 Championship

Stillwater, Okla.

Karsten Creek GC

Par 72, 6,210 yards

Team Scores: 1. Oklahoma State, 303-302-307912 (+48); 2. Texas A&M, 315-304-320939 (+75); 3. Texas, 321-319-318958 (+94); 4. Missouri, 317-319-323959 (+95); 5. Oklahoma, 335-315-315965 (+101); 6. Nebraska, 326-317-325968 (+104); 7. Texas Tech, 334-318-334986 (+122); 8. Kansas State, 335-324-330989 (+125); 9. Iowa State, 331-326-337994 (+130); 10. Kansas, 333-325-340998 (+134); 11. Colorado, 351-322-3291002 (+138); 12. Baylor, 344-338-3391021 (+157)

 
K-State Individuals: T15. Michelle Regan, 77-82-81240 (+24); T27. Elise Houtz, 84-80-82246 (+30); 43. Hailey Mireles, 82-92-79253 (+37); T52. Kali Quick, 94-77-88259 (+43); 59. Abbi Sunner, 92-85-94271 (+55)