Women’s golf team struggles in Washington


K-State’s women’s golf team finished the first 36 holes of the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational in sixth place, but they dropped four spots to end the tournament.

The Wildcats did not fare well in the third and final round Tuesday. Going into the round, the women had team scores of 300 and 299. The final 18 holes did not improve for K-State as the team shot a 323 and finished the tournament in 10th place out of 13 teams.

“We did not play well today,” K-State head coach Kristi Knight said to K-State Sports. “It was not the way you want to finish. I know all the girls wanted to play well and finish strong. All you can do is learn from it and use this experience to get better.”

The individual placings did not end well for the team either. Junior Madison Talley and sophomore Connie Jaffrey were tied for 13th place after the first 36 holes, but they each shot an 8-over-par 80 in the third round, finishing 12-over par and tied for 22nd place.

Talley carded only one birdie on Tuesday and had six holes over par. Jaffrey’s round of 80 was due in part to six holes over par and no birdies for the entire day.

Junior Paige Nelson had the third best score on the day for K-State. She shot a 5-over-par 77 in the round, finishing the tournament at 17-over par and tied for 38th place.

Junior Katherine Gravel-Coursol carded a 14-over-par 86 on the final 18. She finished tied for 45th with a total score of 20-over par. Gravel-Coursol struggled on the course Tuesday as she made par on only four holes and birdied one hole.

Senior Scotland Preston wrapped up the scoring for the Wildcats shooting a 15-over-par 87 in the third round. She had a tournament score of 24-over par and tied for 57th place.

K-State will have next week off and will return to action Oct. 19-20. They will compete at UT Golf Club in Austin, Texas for the Betsy Rawls Invitational. Notable teams competing against the Wildcats are Houston, Kent State, Miami, New Mexico, and UNLV, who are all in the top 40 of GolfWeek’s Team Collegiate Rankings.