K-State women’s golf team places 8th at Big 12 Championship

Sophomore Connie Gaffrey holds her club up after chipping on to the green of hole No. 12 at Colbert Hills on Oct. 13, 2015 during a team practice. (File Photo by Evert Nelson | The Collegian)

The Kansas State women’s golf team had a letdown as the season nears its end, with the Wildcats placing eighth out of nine teams at the Big 12 Championship.

Sophomore Chloe Weir was the high placer for Kansas State, as she tied for 20th shooting a 10-over par. Junior Connie Jaffrey was right on her tail, as she had an 11-over par that tied her for 22nd.

Seniors Paige Nelson and Madison Talley had identical scores, shooting a 14-over par, which tied them for 27th. Fellow senior Katherine Gravel-Coursol, like Jaffrey, was one shot behind her fellow seniors, shooting a 15-over par, which tied for 31st.

After the second round, the Wildcats were still in striking distance, as only seven strokes separated themselves from third place.

“We continued to hit a lot of good shots and play holes well today,” head coach Kristi Knight said to K-State Sports. “The field remains bunched together, so the key is for all the ladies to be confident in their targets and swing freely.”

Texas won the team tournament by seven strokes, as the Longhorns shot 21-over par as a team. Sophomore Dylan Kim of Baylor won the individual tournament, as she was the only player in the field to shoot under par, firing a 2-under par.

It’s now do-or-die time for the Wildcats, as the team looks forward to the NCAA Regionals. Regionals will take place May 4-6, and it has yet to be announced if the Wildcats will make the tournament; the selection show is Thursday morning.