K-State's Talley Earns NCAA Regional Bid

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Kansas State sophomore women's golfer Madison Talley was one of 24 players nationally to earn an individual bid into the 2015 NCAA Women's Golf Regionals, the NCAA Division I Women's Golf Committee announced Monday evening. Talley was the top individual selected for the San Antonio (Texas) Regional, which will be held May 7-9, at Briggs Ranch Golf Club.

Talley is the first player in program history to earn an NCAA Regional individual bid, while it is the first time the Wildcats will be represented at the NCAA Regionals since the team made an appearance in 2004.

"Madison has had a great year," K-State head coach Kristi Knight said. "This will be a great opportunity for her and her future. (Assistant Coach) Stew (Burke) and I are proud of her as are her teammates."

Talley will joined by five other individuals in the San Antonio Regional: Yupaporn Kawinpakorn (Kansas), Marika Liu (Yale), Camino Sardinero (UTEP), Anica Yoo (Oregon State) and Manon Molle (New Mexico).

Talley led the Wildcats during the 2014-15 season in stroke average at 73.93, improving almost eight shots per roundover last season. During her sophomore campaign, Talley also led the team in rounds even or under par with 13 and average strokes per round behind the leader at 3.48.

A native of Clarksville, Arkansas, Talley paced the team in top-10 (5) and top-20 (8) finishes this season, including a career-best third place finish at the Lady Buckeye Invitational, April 18-19, in Columbus, Ohio. Talley enters regional play following a last week's Big 12 Women's Golf Championship where she tied for 32nd at 13-over par 229.

The four regions are comprised of 18 teams and six individuals. The top six teams and three individuals not on an advancing team from each regional will compete in the 2015 NCAA Championship, held May 22-27, at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Florida.