Women’s golf earns second team title


This past weekend, K-State’s women’s golf team participated in the Ron Moore Women’s Intercollegiate and walked off the green with their second team title of the season. The tournament was held in Littleton, Colorado at the Highlands Ranch Golf Club. The Wildcats’ other first-place finishes came in the Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitational in Lawrence.

There were a total of 12 teams who competed in the tournament, including: K-State, Kansas, Long Beach State, Nebraska, Denver, Georgetown, Northern Arizona, North Dakota State, Northern Colorado, Wyoming, Montana and North Dakota.

The tournaments low scorer was the Wildcats’ very own junior Olivia Eliasson, who finished at three strokes under, two strokes ahead of the second-place finisher. The other notable K-State individual finish was freshman Connie Jaffrey, who finished fifth at four strokes over.

As a team, K-State finished at 13 over par, which was seven strokes ahead of second place Kansas who came in at 20 over par. This is the second time this season that the Wildcats have taken first, while the Jayhawks took second. The first occurrence was at the Sunflower Invitational earlier this season.

In the third and final round of the tournament, Eliasson and Carly Ragains were the only golfers in the tournament to shoot under par.

“I am very proud of the team,” head coach Kristi Knight said in a K-State Sports article. “Olivia and Carly played awesome today. They were both under par today and were playing some good golf. I am very happy for Olivia. She continues to improve her game and I know how important this win is for her”

This tournament was a big win for the Wildcats and getting to that two-win threshold was even more important. They haven’t won two events in a season since the 2003-04 season, when they won the Sunflower Invitational and the Texas A&M; “Mo” Morial.

The next and final tournament of the fall season for the Wildcats will be the Palmetto Intercollegiate, Oct. 26-28, at Turtle Point Golf Course in Kiawah Island, South Carolina.