Final round dooms Wildcat women’s golf team in Arizona

Senior Scotland Preston watches her ball fly off her backswing on the 11th hole at Colbert Hills on October 13, 2015, during the women's golf team practice. (File photo by Evert Nelson | The Collegian)

The Kansas State women’s golf team shot a disappointing 15-over par as a team Sunday on their way to an eighth-place finish at the PING/ASU Invitational in Peoria, Arizona.

The Wildcats entered the day tied for fifth at five-over par, but the poor final round on Sunday dropped the Wildcats to 20-over par for the tournament.

“We are not going to hang our heads due to today’s results,” head coach Kristi Knight said to K-State Sports. “We had a lot of good things happen at this event. We just have to learn from it, move on and use it as motivation.”

Senior Paige Nelson led the Wildcats all weekend. Nelson finished in a tie for fifth place at 3-under par for the tournament; she shot a two-over par 74 in the final round Sunday. It is Nelson’s second top-five finish this year.

Sophomore Chloe Weir was the next best finisher for the Wildcats. Weir shot an even-par 72 in the final round, the best of any Wildcat on Sunday. She finished the tournament in a tie for 17th place with a total score of one-over par.

After Weir and Nelson, there was a significant drop-off. Sophomore Connie Jaffrey tied for 49th. Senior Katherine Gravel-Coursol finished 65th and senior Madison Talley tied for 68th. All three struggled mightily in Sunday’s final round.

The Wildcats will now have two weeks off before they head to the Dominion Country Club in San Antonio, Texas, to compete in the Big 12 Championship April 21-23.

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