Wildcats Tied for 10th After Round One

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Abbi Sunner of the Kansas State women’s golf team shot a 4-over par 76 in the first round to put K-State in a tie for 10th out of 18 teams at the Johnie Imes Invitational at The Club at Old Hawthorne on Monday. The second round was suspended due to darkness and will resume Tuesday.

Tulsa leads after round one carding, a 301 (+13), continuing its success from last weeks win at Colbert Hills in the Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitational. Tulsa edged out Illinois State by four shots (305).

Tulsa’s Kristina Merkle, who shot a Colbert Hills course record of 66 (-6), leads all individuals after shooting a 3-under par 69.

The Wildcats struggled in the opening of round one, finding themselves between 12th and 15th place on the front nine. A stronger scorecard on the back nine helped K-State move up the leaderboard before settling into a tie for 10th, carding a 318 (+30).

“Abbi and Paige (Osterloo) did a nice job,” said head coach Kristi Knight. “These greens require very accurate approach shots and are very large with multiple levels and sections. You can miss your target by a yard and end up 65 feet away. The Course played really tough this morning and the pace of play reflected the difficulty of this course." 

Sunner used her momentum she gathered in the final round at Colbert Hills last week and put on another strong showing at Hawthorne, carding a 76, which put her in a tie for 11th after round one. The lone senior in the lineup this week was able to score two birdies on the back nine.

Paige birdied her first hole of the day but was not able to get back into the red until 11 holes later.  The sophomore was able to birdie two more holes after that, which resulted in a 6-over par 78 in round one, putting her in a tie for 24th.

Freshman Hanna Roos, in just her second collegiate event, carded a 9-over par 81 in the first round. Roos was not able to get off to a good start, bogeying six of the first 10 holes. The Sweden native was able to birdie once on the back nine, putting her in tie for 51st.

Ami Storey finished in a tie for 67th after shooting an 83 (+11) in the first round. Just like her teammates the front nine proved very difficult, as she scored bogey or worse on six out of her first nine holes.

Junior Elise Houtz struggled throughout the day, turning in a 14-over par 86.

The third round will continue immediately following the conclusion of the second round. Results for rounds two and three will be posted on www.kstatesports.com Tuesday. Live stats can also be followed at www.golfstat.com.

Johnie Imes Invitational

Columbia, Mo.

Club at Old Hawthorne

Par 72 / 6,204  yards

Team Scores: 1. Tulsa, 300 (+13); 2. Illinois State, 305 (+17); 3. Wisconsin, 309 (+92); T4. Indiana, 310 (+22); T4. Missouri State, 310 (+22); 6. Arkansas Little Rock, 311 (+23); T7. Ole Miss, 314 (+26); T7. Florida International, 314 (+26); 9. Missouri, 316 (+28); T10. Kansas State, 318 (+30); T10. Bradley, 318 (+30); 12. Kansas, 319 (+31); T13. Middle Tenn. State, 320 (+32); T13. Iowa, 320 (+32); T13. Princeton, 320 (+32); 16. Southern Illinois, 324 (+36); 17. UMKC, 335 (+47); 18. Redland CC, 341 (+53).

Top Individuals: 1. Kristina Merkle, Tulsa, 69 (-3); 2. Kelly Amundrud, Bradley, 71 (-1); T3. Molly Schemm, Wisconsin, 72 (E); Stacey Miller, Illinois State, 72 (E); Heather Smith, Missouri State, 73 (+1).

K-State Individuals: T11. Abbi Sunner, 76 (+4); T24. Paige Osterloo, 78 (+6); T51. Hanna Roos, 81 (+9); T67. Amy Storey, 83 (+11); T84. Elise Houtz, 86 (+14).