Wildcats Finish Seventh at Smith/Sunflower Invitational

LAWRENCE, Kan. Kansas State posted a season-best 308 final round to move up one spot from yesterday and finish in seventh place at the Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitational.

 

The Wildcats shot 317-317-308942 (+78) for the tournament, 942 is the best team score for the Wildcats this season

 

Kansas was able to maintain the lead it had at the beginning of round three to hold on for the tournament win with rounds of 304-306-307917 (+53) to finish 14 strokes ahead of second place Notre Dame.

 

”Today was a positive in that we did move up one spot from yesterday,” said head coach Kristi Knight. “In our first two events of the year we did not finish strong, we fell back in the final round so that was nice. I thought our 308 was a pretty good round today, there were a couple of 306’s and a 307, so I feel like we had a pretty good round. We are still spinning our wheels a little; we are leaving shots out there. The team understands that though so we just need to practice with a purpose and get ready to go to New Mexico State. We are playing good golf we just need to sustain it over an 18-hole round.”

 

Juniors Michelle Regan and Hailey Mireles led all Wildcats finishing tied for 14th place. Regan improved each round, she carded scores of 81-77-76234 (+18) to secure her third top-20 finish of the season. Mireles finished with rounds of 78-79-77234 (+18) to grab her second straight top-20 finish.

 

Senior Helene Robert shot an 80-76-79235 (+19) to finish the Smith Sunflower Invitational tied for 19th.

 

Senior Katy Heffel and Junior Kali Quick tied for 29th place overall. Heffel carded rounds of 82-78-78238 (+22) for the tournament. Quick improved in her final round to finish the tournament with rounds of 78-83-77238 (+22).

 

The Wildcats return to action next on Monday, October 16th at the Price’s NMSU Invitational in Las Cruces, N.M.

 

Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitational

Lawrence, Kan.

Alvamar Golf Club

Par 72, 6,232

Team Scores: 1. Kansas, 304-306-307917 (+53); 2. Notre Dame, 316-309-306931 (+67); 3. Arkansas-Little Rock, 306-318-310934 (+70); T4. North Texas, 313-314-309936 (+72); T4. Missouri, 311-319-306936 (+72); 6. Illinois State, 312-318-310940 (+76); 7. Kansas State, 317-317-308942 (+78); 8. Iowa State, 319-313-312944 (+80); 9. Wisconsin, 324-313-313950 (+86); 10. Wichita State, 323-325-323971 (+107); 11. Evansville, 331-321-326978 (+114); 12. Indiana State, 321-334-331986 (+122); 13. UMKC, 330-343-3331006 (+142); 14. Drake, 336-338-3351009 (+145); 15. Creighton, 332-340-3391011 (+147); 16. Southern Mississippi, 341-337-3401018 (+154).

 

K-State Individuals: Michelle Regan, 81-77-76234 (+18); Hailey Mireles, 78-79-77234 (+18); Helene Robert*, 80-76-79235 (+19); Katy Heffel, 82-78-78238 (+22); Kali Quick, 78-83-77238 (+22); Abbi Sunner*, 80-82-87249 (+33); Krista Nelson, 80-83-87250 (+34).

 

* competing as an individual