Wildcat golf finishes in bottom half of tournaments


The K-State golf teams each competed in the final round of their tournaments on Tuesday. The men finished eighth at the Saint Mary’s Invitational in Monterey, California, while the women finished ninth in the Dick McGuire Invitational in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The Wildcat women were 26-over par for the tournament. Northwestern won the tournament, finishing 8-under par.

Coach Kristi Knight’s team had a solid performance from sophomore Madison Talley. Talley finished tied for 12th with a 221. She lost to the tournament winner, UNLV’s Dana Finkelstein, by 11 strokes.

Just three strokes behind Talley, freshman Connie Jaffrey tied for 27th. After being 8-over for the day on Monday, Jaffrey was 3-under par on Tuesday. The improvement sent her up the leaderboard 12 spots.

Senior Olivia Eliasson was consistent, with a 76 and two 75’s in her three rounds. Her score of 226 put her in 38th in the final standings. Fellow senior Carly Ragains competed as an individual in the tournament and tied for 39th with a 227.

Sophomore Katherine Gravel-Coursol was on the scorecard for the Wildcats for this season. She shot a 231, with a 77 in every one of her rounds. That tied her for 56th overall.

Freshman Chandler Gallagher had a rough tournament, but bounced back near the end. She pared her final 12 holes on Tuesday and finished with a 77 in the round. That brought her total to 239 for the tournament and tied her for 76th.

K-State’s men’s golf squad finished 23-over par in Seaside, California. After overcoming a 6-stroke deficit to Saint Mary’s, San Diego won the tournament.

Sophomore Matt Green was the Wildcats’ highest finisher at 17th. Green was 2-under par going into the final round on Tuesday, but finished at 3-over after suffering one double-bogey and two bogeys in his final seven holes.

Sophomores Seth Smith and Hank Simpson finished two strokes behind Green. The players had a pair of 221s and finished tied for 22nd.

Freshman Trent Evans and sophomore Connor Knabe rounded out the scorecard for K-State. Knabe shot a 231 and tied for 65th. Evans had a 74 in his first round of the tournament, but couldn’t get back under the 80-stroke mark in his final two rounds.