Jaffrey wins individual champion award

Connie Jaffery, then-sophomore, tees off of hole one during the Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitatoinal at Colbert Hills Golf Course on Sep. 8, 2015. (Archive photo by Emily Starkey | Collegian Media Group)

The Kansas State Women’s golf team placed seventh overall with senior Connie Jaffrey who won the Individual Champion for the Maryb Kauth Invitational in San Antonio, Texas, on Oct. 22-24. The Kansas State men’s golf team is preparing for their upcoming tournament on Oct. 28-29 at the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate in Greensboro, North Carolina.

The K-State women’s golf team had a solid tournament in San Antonio where Jaffrey came in first as an individual champion with a 9 under par with a 207 overall.

Jaffrey commented on her individual championship standing over the tournament.

“I thought I played pretty decent,” Jaffrey said. “I stayed patient and let the birdies happen. I come from a country where I play in the winds and it’s really a learning process to play in the wind like we did in the tournament.”

The team was excited about its result of seventh overall among 14 teams. Arkansas came in first with the Wildcats scoring a 878 compared to Arkansas’s 842.

K-State’s other players also had solid rounds including freshman Reid Isaac with a 220 overall in 21st place. Following Reid was freshman Niamh McSherry with a 226 in 46th, freshman Ella Adams with a 232 in 61st, and finally freshman Darby Deans with a 236 overall in 68th place.

“Connie played great,” Kristi Knight, K-State women’s golf coach, said. “Can’t say enough about her winning that event. Good tournament, we played different conditions everyday. We had different winds and she did a really good job and kept her composure and she didn’t hit that many bad shots. As far as the team, we did a really nice job. We were really close to playing really really good golf. Everybody chipped in. The second round held us back a little bit but a lot of positives from this event.”

Knight is preparing the women and working on weaknesses from the tournament so that when the team heads to Dallas this weekend, they will play better than they did in San Antonio.

“The last tournament wasn’t exactly what we wanted,” Grant Robbins, K-State men’s golf coach, said. “One of the things that held us back was the putting. We’ve had some qualifying rounds.”

Going into the next tournament, Robbins was looking for more bright spots and consistency.

“There was definitely some bright spots and it should be more consistent and we need a leader to step up and a leader to take the number one spot,” Robbins said.

The men’s golf team is preparing to head to Greensboro to finish up the fall season. The men’s golf team will resume their season in February at the Seminole Intercollegiate in Tallahassee, Florida, on Feb. 24-25.

The women’s golf team will also finish up their fall season after the Trinity Forest Invitational on Oct. 30-31 in Dallas, Texas, where they have been practicing to prepare for this coming weekend.