Talley Concludes Season at NCAA Regional
BATON ROUGE, La. – Kansas State women's golfer Madison Talley carded a 54-hole score of even-par 216 – including a 1-under par 71 on Saturday – to finish in a tie for 12th place at the 2016 NCAA Baton Rouge Regional at the par-72, 6,285-yard University Club.
Talley, who earned her second-straight postseason berth, finished just one shot back of the three-lowest scores among individuals whose teams are not advancing to the NCAA Championship. However, Talley did earn her eighth top-20 finish this season out of 12 events.
“Madison played great all week, and I really feel for her coming up one shot shy,” K-State assistant coach Stewart Burke said. “Her attitude and play were a credit to K-State and I am really proud of her. With the majority of the team returning next year, the future is really bright for our program.”
A native of Clarksville, Arkansas, Talley finished the event by carding 11 birdies overall. Her 1-under par 71 performance during the final round marked her 15th under-par round this season. She shot even-par on the front nine as she bogeyed No. 2 before immediately carding birdies on Nos. 3, 4 and 6, but bogeys on Nos. 7 and 8 dropped her back to even. She was more steady on the back nine, carding birdies on Nos. 11 and 14 and a bogey on No. 15.
In the final round, Florida moved up two spots to tie with South Carolina for the team championship with a score of 7-under par 857. The Gamecocks were paced by Katelyn Dambaugh, who kept her lead from round two to win the individual championship with a score of 9-under par 207. The Gators were led by Karolina Vickova, who finished three shots back of Dambaugh to place second with a score of 6-under par 210.
Talley finished the season with an overall stoke average of 72.97. The Wildcats will return five players from this year's squad, including Talley and Katherine Gravel-Coursol, who competed in every event during the 2015-16 season.
NCAA Baton Rouge Regional
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Par 72/6,285 Yards
The University Club
Team Scores: T1. Florida, 293-287-277—857 (-7); T1. South Carolina, 290-277-290—857 (-7); 3. Washington, 286-289-288—863 (-1); 4. Duke, 298-287-285—870 (+6); 5. Oregon, 292-296-294—882 (+18); 6. BYU, 298-290-296—884 (+20); 7. Houston, 295-300-290—885 (+21); 8. Arizona State, 296-298-297—891 (+27); T9. East Carolina, 301-301-302—904 (+40); T9. Harvard, 308-295-301—904 (+40); 11. LSU, 299-310-296—905 (+41); 12. North Carolina State, 307-307-293—907 (+43); 13. Augusta, 311-301-301—913 (+49); 14. North Florida, 322-300-303—925 (+61); 15. Denver, 315-304-307—926 (+62); 16. New Mexico, 313-309-305—927 (+63); 17. Wichita State, 312-308-315—935 (+71); 18. Fairleigh Dickinson, 322-313-321—956 (+92).
Top Individuals: 1. Katelyn Dambaugh, South Carolina, 70-66-71—207 (-9); 2. Karolina Vickova, Florida, 74-71-65—210 (-6); 3. Charlotte Thomas, Washington, 73-67-71—211 (-5); T4. Elise Bradley, LSU, 72-72-69—213 (-3); T4. Lea Garner, BYU, 73-69-71—213 (-3); T4. Sandy Choi, Duke, 73-69-71—213 (-3).
K-State Individuals: Madison Talley, 70-75-71—216 (E).