April 25, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas - The Kansas State women's golf team currently sits in second place after the first round of the Big 12 Championship at the par-72, 6,143-yard UT Golf Course. The Wildcats compiled a team score of 5-over par 293, two strokes behind leader Oklahoma.
K-State was very consistent in the first round, carding six birdies and 56 pars en route to its third-lowest team round of the season. K-State led all teams with three golfers on the leaderboard's top 10, including senior Gianna Misenhelter in a tie for third and juniors Olivia Eliasson and Carly Ragains tied for eighth.
"Today was a good day. The ladies hit a lot of quality shots," head coach Kristi Knight said. "Most importantly they stayed patient and did not let a poor shot effect their mindset."
Misenhelter fired a season-best, bogey-free 2-under par 70, one stroke behind tournament leader Chirapat Jao-Javanil of Oklahoma. Misenhelter carded a team-high fourth round under par on the season and is in the final pairing of round two set to tee off at 10:20 a.m. (CT) tomorrow.
Ragains and Eliasson each carded two birdies and two bogeys on the day en route to an even-par 72. For Eliasson, her even score marks the fifth time this season that she has shot an even-par round, a team-high. Ragains, a Highland Village, Texas, native, averaged 3.90 strokes on par-4 holes, the second-best average among all competitors.
Rounding out the scoring lineup for the Wildcats was freshman Madison Talley, who fired a 7-over par 79, en route to a tie for 37th overall. Finishing one stroke behind her was freshman Katherine Gravel-Coursol who carded an 8-over par 80 and currently sits in 40th place.
Live stats of the second round of the Big 12 Championship can be followed at www.golfstat.com and results will be posted at the conclusion of play on www.k-statesports.com.
Big 12 Championship
UT Golf Course
Team Scores: 1. Oklahoma, 291 (+3); 2. Kansas State, 293 (+5); 3. Texas Tech, 295 (+7); T4. Baylor, 297 (+9); T4. Texas, 297 (+9); T4. Kansas, 297 (+9) 7. Oklahoma State, 298 (+10); 8. Iowa State, 302 (+14); 9. TCU, 310 (+22).
Individual Scores: T1. Chirapat Jao-Javanil, Oklahoma, 69 (-3); T1. Yupaporn Kawinpakorn, Kansas, 69 (-3); T3. Amy Ruengmateekhun, Oklahoma State, 70 (-2); T3. Laura Lonardi, Baylor, 70 (-2); T3. Stephanie Bertelsen, Texas Tech, 70 (-2); T3. Gianna Misenhelter, Kansas State, 70 (-2).
K-State Individuals: T3. Gianna Misenhelter, 70 (-2); T8. Carly Ragains, 72 (E); T8. Olivia Eliasson, 72 (E); T37. Madison Talley, 79 (+7); 40. Katherine Gravel-Coursol, 80 (+8).