Sophomore leads K-State women’s golf through two days in South Carolina


After two days of competing in the Palmetto Intercollegiate, the Wildcats’ women golf team maintained their fifth-place spot heading into the final day of competition in Kiawah Island, South Carolina.

Leading the way for head coach Kristi Knight’s team has been Madison Talley. The sophomore followed up a 1-under performance on Monday by carding a 2-over par on Tuesday and now sits at 13th overall.

Freshman Connie Jaffrey made the biggest strides on Tuesday as she bounced back from a 3-over par showing on Monday to jump all the way into a 14th-place tie.

“It was a good round for Connie (Jaffrey),” Knight said after Tuesday’s competition. “Overall, the team has been a little off, but that is all part of the game. The team is competing hard and is looking forward to tomorrow.”

The team leader of the tournament after day one was Coastal Carolina University, which sat at 6-under par. They were led by Lena Schaeffner, who was tied for the lead for individuals with GRU Augusta’s Eunice Yi at 4-under par.

In the second round of play the Wildcats didn’t gain much ground, but they still sat in fifth at 23-over par. They shot 13-over par on the day with in-state rival Kansas in fourth at 16-over par.

The top individuals for the tournament at the end of the second day are CC Buford of College of Charleston at 5-under par and Malene Kroloboll Hansen of Coastal Carolina at 3-under par. Coastal Carolina maintained first place and is 12 strokes ahead of second-place GRU Augusta.

The Wildcats will look to jump in the standings today as they wrap up the tournament.