Women’s golf comes up short in Tallahassee

Kansas State Women's Golf team practices at Colbert Hills Golf Course on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. (File Photo by Dylan Connell | Collegian Media Group)

The Kansas State women’s golf team traveled to Tallahassee, Florida, over the weekend, where they battled difficult conditions and a packed field at the FSU Match-Up.

The tournament consisted of a 14-team field and three days of golf at the windy Seminole Legacy Club. The Wildcats finished in seventh, thanks to a 309-296-305 three day split to put their total at 910. The team edged out Minnesota for the seventh spot by two strokes.

K-State still managed to climb one spot on the leaderboard during the last day despite shooting nine strokes higher on day three than they did on day two. This was thanks to the course playing the most difficult on day three.

“These green complexes are challenging,” said head coach Kristi Knight in a press release to K-State athletics. “They gave us really challenging hole locations that could turn a small miss into a big miss if you’re unable to keep yourself on the right side of the green. Today was probably the windiest day, and it was an up-and-down kind of day. I’m proud of the ladies.”

The team was led by senior Niamh McSherry, who ended up in a tie for 24th at 10-over par 226. McSherry’s weekend was highlighted by a bogey-free round on Saturday and a four-birdie day on Sunday despite the difficult playing conditions.

The next Wildcat on the leaderboard was fellow senior Reid Isaac, who ended at 14-over 230 after play concluded, which was good enough to earn her a tie for 34th place. Isaac started the weekend hot, with a 1-over 73, but slowly faded as the tournament went on, posting a 77 on Saturday and an 8-over par 80 on Sunday.

Of the three remaining golfers the Wildcats sent, sophomore Haley Vargas performed best, posting a 15-over par 231 and ending in a tie for 38th.

Junior Heather Fortushniak came in fourth for K-State with a 16-over 232, and freshman Napua Glossner moved up 12 spots on the final day to finish at 17-over 233 and a tie for 44th.

Florida State took the victory in their own tournament thanks to being the only team to post a 3-day score under par. The Seminoles shot 9-under 855 as a team and rolled to a 37-stroke victory in their home state.

The Wildcats tournament in Tallahassee was the second matchup of their five-tournament regular season spring schedule. The next chance for K-State to tee it up will be at the MountainView Collegiate in Tucson, Arizona, in three weeks.