Wildcats Close Out Successful 2015-16 Season

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Looking toward a bright future, the Kansas State women’s golf team closed out the 2015-16 season with many positives, including a team stroke average of 297.31, four top-10 finishes over the course of the season and nine wins over top-30 teams.

With those positives and the top five golfers returning next season, head coach Kristi Knight is optimistic for the future.

“We are excited about the trajectory of K-State women's golf and we are looking forward to 2016-17,” Knight said. “We return our top five from this year and we will be adding two talented golfers as well.”

Scotland Preston closed out her career by participating in eight events, finishing with a 77.65 stroke average. She earned First Team Academic All-Big 12 accolades. Preston’s top placing, and new career best was 19th place finish at the Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitational at 9-over par 225.

Junior Madison Talley had another strong season in 2015-16 as she finished the year with a team-leading 72.97 stroke average, one shot better than last season. She also led the team with eight top-20 finishes, four top-10 finishes and 17 rounds of even or under par, as well as rounds counted toward team score (100 percent). Talley also earned her second straight individual bid to an NCAA Regional where she finished in a tie for 12th after carding an even-par 216. 

“It was a season of positive strides,” Knight said. “Madison had another extremely solid year qualifying for NCAAs and improving her individual ranking to 74.”

Talley’s best finish was third place at the Schooner Fall Classic with a 5-under par 136 at the rain-shortened event. She finished fourth at the 2016 Big 12 Championship, marking the first time a Wildcat has finished in the top 10 at the Big 12 Championship and subsequently earn a spot on the all-tournament team since Christine Boucher tied for seventh in 2004. Talley carded a career low 5-under par (66) in the second round of the Schooner Fall Classic, and earned Second Team Academic All-Big 12 accolades.

Katherine Gravel-Coursol perhaps made the biggest leap forward as she participated in all 11 events during the regular season, finishing with a 74.83 stroke average, almost four strokes better than her sophomore season. She also finished the season with four top-20 finishes with her best finish coming at the Red Raider Invitational where she finished in sixth with a 1-over par 217. Gravel-Coursol carded a career low 4-under par 68 in the second round of the Westbrook Invitational and earned her second straight First Team Academic All-Big 12 honors.

Junior Paige Nelson
participated in 10 events in the 2015-16 season, ending with a 77.00 stroke average. Nelson carded a season-best 33rd place tie at the Johnie Imes Invitational. She also tied for 35th at the SMU/DAC Invitational and the 2016 Big 12 Championship.

Connie Jaffrey
participated 10 events, finishing with a 74.83 stroke average. The sophomore earned her best finish of the season at the Westbrook Invitational where she ended the event in third place. She also finished tied for 10th at the Johnie Imes Invitational and tied for 22nd at the Edean Ihlanfelt Invitational.

Freshman Chloe Weir
participated in nine events in her freshman season, ending with a 76.25 stroke average. Her best placing of the season was at the Kansas City Shootout where she finished in 11th. Weir also tied for 18th at the Red Raider Invitational and 32nd at the Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitational.

K-State ended the season with a 67-71-3 record. The Wildcats will return five players from this year's squad, including Talley and Gravel-Cousol, who competed in every event during the 2015-16 season.