Women’s golf team takes first place in home tournament

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The Kansas State women’s golf team took first place as a team at their second tournament of the season, the Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitational in Manhattan from Sept. 17 – 19, and three of the Wildcats placed individually in the top seven.

Kristi Knight, head women’s golf coach, talked about the team’s tournament success.

“I’m really proud of them,” Knight said. “We had different weather every day, three different days of competition and three winds. I thought they all adjusted very well. They didn’t get flustered and they stayed composed and got the job done.”

Senior Connie Jaffrey came in first place as an individual and scored an overall total of 210 for the whole three days with six under par. Jaffrey also achieved the second lowest score in the tournament’s history and tied for the third lowest score in K-State women’s golf history.

“I think we’ve done pretty well as a team,” Jaffrey said. “We were working hard through practice and on the course for the last couple weeks for this tournament.”

Coming in third place individually was junior Chloe Weir, who had an overall score of 218 with two over par.

“I think we did pretty well for this tournament, but you can always get better each day,” Weir said. “Our practice is going to have to be more focused.”

Finally, freshman Reid Isaac tied for fifth with Lizzie Winyarat of the University of Kansas. Isaac’s total score was 221 with just five over par.

For the Wildcats’ next tournament, the women’s golf team strives to get better.

“It’s a great accomplishment this week, but we still keep striving to be a little bit better every day,” Knight said. “We say, ‘Let’s try to be 1 percent better every day.’ Great golf is not a destination, it’s a process.”

The women’s golf team will play at the Mississippi State Magnolia Cup in Starkville, Mississippi, from Oct. 1 – 3. The Wildcats will keep working hard to earn success like they did in Manhattan.

The K-State men’s golf team is currently playing in Dallas, Texas, at the Trinity Forest Invitational from Sept. 24 – 26. They have had a couple weeks’ break since their first tournament in Verona, Wisconsin, from Sept. 10 – 12, where they placed eighth as a team overall.

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