Regan Wins Title as Wildcats Finish in Second

KUNA, Idaho Senior Michelle Regan won her first collegiate title at the Bronco Fall Invitational, and Kansas State managed to hold on to second place as the golfers fought off wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour on Tuesday. Three Wildcats managed to finish in the top five at the par 72, 6,193-yard Falcon Crest Golf Course. Nebraska won the team title with an 82-over par 946, edging K-State by 11 strokes.

 

“It was the windiest day I ever have coached a team in competition in my 13 years of it,” head coach Kristi Knight said. “It was just a battle out there. They were fighting very hard and they wanted to win.  I can respect that.”

 

Regan entered the day with a three-stroke advantage and managed to shoot an 82 in the windy conditions to end in a tie for first place and bring home the win. It was Regan’s second top-20 finish of the season and her 15th of her career.

 

“She got off to a rocky start today,” Knight said. “But she did a good job. She’s competitive.”

 

A pair of Wildcats finished in a tie for fifth. Kali Quick posted rounds of 77, 80 and 82 for a two-day total of 23-over par 239, giving the senior her third top-five finish in four tournaments this fall. Sophomore Abbi Sunner tied Quick with rounds of 78, 77 and 84. It was Sunner’s first top-five finish of the season and her third top-20 showing.

 

K-State was able to place a fourth golfer in the top-20, as Hailey Mireles shot a 30-over par 246 to land in a tie for 16th.

 

Krista Nelson, competing as an individual, shot a 49-over par 265 to finished tied for 52nd. Freshman Elise Houtz, playing in just her second collegiate tournament, finished tied for 63rd after a two-day total of 57-over par 273.

 

The women play their fifth and final tournament of the fall in three weeks when they head to Kiawah Island, S.C., for the Edwin Watts/Palmetto Intercollegiate on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 29-30.

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Bronco Fall Invitational

Kuna, Idaho

Falcon Crest Golf Course

Par 72, 6,193 yards

Team Scores: 1. Nebraska, 318-300-328946 (+82); 2. Kansas State, 311-310-336957 (+93); 3. Wyoming, 323-310-345978 (+114); 4. Boise State, 331-317-341989 (+125); 5. Portland, 325-324-345994 (+130); 6. Sacramento State, 331-315-350996 (+132); 7. Santa Clara, 335-316-346997 (+133); 8. Portland State, 346-321-3521019 (+155); 9. Weber State, 340-330-3581028 (+164); 10. Montana State, 348-332-3661046 (+182); 11. Montana, 358-329-3611048 (+184); 12. Idaho State, 385-345-3741104 (+240); 13. Southern Utah, 361-354-3941109 (+245).

 

K-State Individuals: T1. Michelle Regan, 76-75-82233 (+17); T5. Kali Quick, 77-80-82239 (+23); T5. Abbi Sunner, 78-77-84239 (+23); T16. Hailey Mireles, 80-78-88246 (+30); T52. Krista Nelson*, 99-81-85265 (+49); T63. Elise Houtz, 96-89-88273 (+57)

* competing as an individual