Solid First Round Puts Cats in Eighth

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Morgan Moon and Ami Storey each shot 3-over par 75 in the first round on Monday to put the Kansas State women’s golf team in a tie for eighth place in the 18-team Price’s Give’em Five Intercollegiate at the par-72 NMSU Golf Course.

K-State shot 305 (+17) in the first round as it was able to keep pace with the field on the par 3s, shooting just 1-over par on the designated par-3 holes, which was fourth-best among the field. However, the Wildcats struggled on other parts of the course, shooting 26-over on the par-4 holes. K-State’s 305 is two strokes better than it shot in last year’s competition when it shot a 307 in the first round.

“The team feels that they shot as high as we could have shot today,” said head coach Kristi Knight. “We hit a lot of good shots but did not make many putts. It was a solid start.”

The Wildcats were able to edge out fellow Big 12 opponent Kansas by one stroke as the Jayhawks shot 18-over par 306. Baylor is the other Big 12 team in the field and shot 303 (+15), putting it in a tie for fifth.

Defending champion UC-Irvine leads the tournament after shooting 294 (+6), holding a two-stroke lead over Idaho, which shot 296.

Three players are tied atop the leaderboard as Hannah Burke of Baylor, Christine Wong of San Diego State and Joy Trotter of UC-Irvine each carded a score of 3-under par 69.

Moon, who was not in the lineup last week in Columbia, Mo., shot 36 on the front nine followed by 39 on the back for a total of 75, which put her in a tie for 14th after the first round. The senior shot a 1-over par 73 in the first round last year.

Storey kept pace with Moon, also shooting 75. The native of the UK carded a 37 on the front nine backed by a 38 on the back nine, joining Moon in a tie for 14th.

Tied for 39th-place is senior Abbi Sunner, who carded 77 (+5), after shooting 39 on the front and 38 on the back. She shot a 79 (+7) in the first round last year.

Junior Emily Houtz shot 40 on the front nine and backed that up with 38 for a first-round total of 78 (+6). She is tied for 53rd.

Freshman Hanna Roos, who has had early success in her young career with one top-10 finish, struggled in the opening round as she carded an 11-over par 83.

Round two of the Price’s Give’em Five Collegiate will begin with a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m., (CT) on Tuesday. The third and final round will begin with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. (CT) on Wednesday. Results will be posted on as soon as they become available.

Price’s Give’em Five Intercollegiate

Las Cruces, N.M.

New Mexico State University Golf Course

Par 72 / 6,193  yards

Team Scores: 1. UC-Irvine, 294 (+6); 2. Idaho, 296 (+8); 3. Fresno State, 298 (+10); 4. SDSU, 300 (+12); T5. Oregon State, 303 (+17); T5. Baylor, 303 (+15); 7. Arizona, 304 (+14); T8. Colorado State, 305 (+17); T8. UTEP, 305 (+17); T8. Kansas State, 305 (+17); T8. New Mexico State, 305 (+17); 12. Kansas, 306 (+18); 13. Northern Arizona, 308 (+20); 14. North Texas, 310 (+23); T15. Portland State, 311 (+23); T15. Nevada, 311 (+23); 17. Boise State, 313 (+25); 18. Mississippi State, 327 (+39).

Top Individuals: T1. Hannah Burke, Baylor, 69 (-3); T1. Christine Wong, SDSU, 69 (-3); T1. Joy Trotter, UC-Irvine, 69 (-3); 4. Meghna Bal, Kansas, 71 (-1); T5. Lindi Covarrubias, Fresno State, 72 (E); T5. Emily Roering, Colorado State, 72 (E).

K-State Individuals: T14. Morgan Moon, 75 (+3); T14. Ami Storey , 75 (+3); T39. Abbi Sunner, 77 (+5); T53. Emily Houtz, 78 (+6); T84. Hanna Roos, 83 (+11).