Women’s golf finishes 12th in ICON Invitational

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The K-State women’s golf team placed 15th at the Mary Fossum Invitational in East Lansing, Michigan on Sept. 15 to 16 in 2018. (Alex Todd | Collegian Media Group)

The Kansas State women’s golf team finished 12th at the ICON Invitational hosted by the University of Houston in The Woodlands, Texas. The Wildcats’ score was 47-over-par 911.

The 54-hole tournament was played at the Tournament Course at The Woodlands Country Club. The course is a 6392-yard, par-72 course.

As a team, K-State shot a rough 22-over-par in the first round, leaving them in 13th place ahead of only Memphis and Middle Tennessee.

Sophomore Ella Adams put together the best first round for K-State. She shot a 4-over-par 76. Three Wildcats were right behind her at 6-over-par 78.

K-State remained in their spot after a weather-delayed second round. The round was ultimately finished Tuesday morning because some pairings were unable to complete the round before sundown.

The Wildcats’ team score improved in the second round. They shot a 305 in the afternoon, 17 shots-above-par.

Sophomore Niamh McSherry led K-State with a 1-over-par 73 in the second round. Freshman Briony Bayles, who shot 78 in the first round, improved by two strokes to a 76 in the second round.

“We did not play well today,” Kristi Knight, head coach, told K-State Sports after the second round. “Hopefully the rain does not wipe tomorrow out as we have an opportunity to improve our position.”

K-State would improve its position by just one to 12th place after an 8-over-par 288 on Tuesday. The team’s ranking was helped by Southern Mississippi going 25-over-par on the last day and dropping four spots.

Adams and McSherry each dipped under par in the third round at 1-under-par 71 for the day. Bayles carded a 76.

In individual competition, Adams’ score of 8-over-par for the entire tournament put her in a seven-way tie for 30th place. McSherry finished in a three-way tie for 43rd with a 10-over-par tournament.

K-State’s next action will be at the Notre Dame Clover Cup, hosted by the University of Notre Dame. The tournament is played in Mesa, Arizona on March 15 to 17.

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Nathan Enserro
Hi! I'm Nathan Enserro, a graduate student from Olathe, Kansas, working on a Masters in Mass Communication. I graduated in spring 2020 with a Bachelor's of Science in strategic communications from K-State. This is my fourth year covering K-State sports for the Collegian.