Women’s golf finishes fourth in Dallas

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Sophomore Heather Fortushniak competed in the Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitational at Colbert Hills Golf Course on Sept. 18, 2019. (Luis Villarreal-Reyes | Collegian Media Group)

The women’s golf team finished fourth out of six teams at its first tournament of the spring season hosted by Southern Methodist at the Dallas Athletic Club in Dallas.

The two-round tournament featured two Big 12 Conference foes — Baylor and Texas Tech — as well as Tulsa, North Texas and SMU.

Kansas State’s first round 321 was good enough to put them in third place just behind Baylor and Texas Tech.

“This golf course is a great test of golf — it’ll get your attention, it exposes weaknesses,” head coach Kristi Knight said to K-State Sports. “These greens, they’re not small, but they play small. The course rewards good shots and penalizes bad ones.”

Junior Reid Issac paced the team in the first round, posting the sixth-best first round of the day with a four-over 76.

Even though K-State improved by four strokes in the second round, they were caught on the leaderboard by Tulsa, who posted the best round of the tournament by a team that is not Baylor.

Issac jumped up to fourth on the individual leaderboard with a two-over 74 second round to finish six-over for the tournament.

The only other Wildcat in the top-20 golfers was junior Niamh McSherry, who posted a 17-over par score for the tournament and tied for 18th.

Baylor won the tournament in blowout fashion, beating the second-place Red Raiders by 21 strokes. They were they posted the two best team scores of the day and had four girls in the top-10 individuals.

K-State’s next action will be Feb. 23 and 24 in Peoria, Arizona, at the Westbrook Invitational hosted by Wisconsin.

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