Wildcats Finish Fourth in Texas

LUBBOCK, Texas – In its final event prior to the Big 12 Championship, the Kansas State women’s golf team notched its fourth top-five finish of the season and second of the spring as the Wildcats moved up one spot to finish fourth during the final round of the Red Raider Invitational at the par-72, 6,541-yard Rawls Course on Saturday. K-State, which shot a 16-over par 304 in the final round, tallied a 54-hole score of 25-over par 889, topping three ranked teams in the process.

“I am proud of the team for hanging in there today,” K-State head coach Kristi Knight said. “We did not start out well for the most part, but the ladies showed grit. They competed and we held position and picked up some nice wins over teams ranked ahead of us.”

K-State finished one shot ahead of No. 25 BYU and also finished ahead of 28th-ranked SMU and No. 50 New Mexico.

The Wildcats were led by junior Katherine Gravel-Coursol, who earned a career-best sixth place finish and her third top-10 finish this season. Gravel-Coursol’s 1-over par 217 marked her third-lowest score for the season and was just one shot outside the top five.

Joining Gravel-Coursol in the top 20 was junior Madison Talley, who carded a 7-over par 223 and finished tied for 18th. Talley earned her sixth top-20 finish of the season and 14th of her career. Finishing one shot outside of the top-20 was freshman Chloe Weir, who finished in a tie for 23rd with a 54-hole score of 8-over par 224.

Sophomore Connie Jaffrey carded the squad’s best round of the day at 1-over par 73 to move up 17 spots on the leaderboard to a tie for 31st at 10-over par 226. Junior Paige Nelson ended play in 53rd at 17-over par 233.

No. 26 Texas Tech took over the team leaderboard in the final round as the Red Raiders were the only team to shoot under par during on Saturday. Tech finished with a three-round score of 3-over par 867, 13 shots better than second-place No. 41 Purdue. Kansas’ Yuaporm Kawinpakorn kept her top spot on the individual leaderboard with a 7-under par 209.

The Wildcats will be back in action April 22-24, as they travel to San Antonio, Texas, to compete in the Big 12 Championship at Dominion Country Club.

Red Raider Invitational
Lubbock, Texas
Par 72/6,541 Yards
The Rawls Course

Team Scores: 1. Texas Tech, 287-293-387—867 (+3); 2. Purdue, 291-285-304—880 (+16); 3. Kansas, 295-282-304—881 (+17); 4. Kansas State, 297-288-304—889 (+25); T5. BYU, 294, 281-315—890 (+26); T5. Iowa, 306-286-298—890 (+26); 7. SMU, 297-289-305—891 (+27); 8. New Mexico, 300-293-301—894 (+30); 9. Colorado State, 295-293-301—894 (+30; 10. Texas State, 305-295-305—905 (+41); 11. New Mexico State, 301-302-304—907 (+43); 12. Cal Poly, 307-292-322—921 (+57); 13. Tulsa, 305-316-322—943 (+79); 14. North Texas, 324-307-316—947 (+83).

Top Individuals: 1. Yapaporn Kawinpakorn, Kansas, 71-66-72—209 (-7); 2. Sarah Brown, Texas Tech, 72-70-68—210 (-6); 3. Purdue, 68-74-72—214 (-2); T4. Gabby Barker, Texas Tech, 68-74-72—214 (E); T4. Jessie Sindinger, Iowa, 73-73-72—216 (E).

K-State Individuals: 6. Katherine Gravel-Coursol, 70-70-77—217 (+1); T18. Madison Talley, 76-70-77—223 (+7); T23. Chloe Weir, 73-74-77—224 (+8); T31. Connie Jaffrey, 78-75-73—226 (+10); 53. Paige Nelson, 80-7479—233 (+17).