Wildcats take fourth in home invitational

Madison Talley, junior, watches her ball on her backswing after teeing off of hole 6 at Colbert Hills on Sep. 8, 2015 during the Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitational. (Evert Nelson | The Collegian)

The Kansas State women’s golf team took fourth place shooting 26-over par in the Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitational Tuesday afternoon at Colbert Hills in Manhattan.

“It was a rough start in the first round,” head coach Kristi Knight said in a press release. “We will certainly need to be better out of the gate, but overall they responded well in round two and three.”

Junior Madison Talley was the front-runner for the Wildcats as she tied for fifth and shot one-over par in the two-day tournament.

Junior Katherine Gravel-Coursol and senior Scotland Preston finished 18th and 19th, respectively. Gravel-Coursol finished eight-over par while Preston ended at nine-over.

Gravel-Coursol shot a 54-hole career-low total of 224 shots and had a career-low third round as she shot a 72.

Freshman Connie Jaffrey placed 24th and shot 14-over par while her teammate Paige Nelson finished in 50th and shot 26-over par.

Freshman Chloe Weir played unattached to the team, but finished in 32nd and scored 17-over par at the end of the invitational.

Southern Methodist University won the tournament shooting nine-over par with Mustang sophomore Lindsey McCurdy winning the invitational at two-under par.

“They showed guts, and they improved each round,” Knight said. “I am proud of everyone’s effort. This was a solid field.”

The Wildcats will take the course next on Sept. 19 at the Schooner Fall Classic in Norman, Oklahoma. Along with K-State, the course will include Arkansas, Florida State, University of Kansas, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Texas State, Tulsa and University Texas-San Antonio.