Women’s golf ties for sixth at Big 12 Championship

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Heather Fortushniak practices at Colbert Hills Golf Course in 2018. (Archive Photo by Alex Todd | Collegian Media Group)

The Kansas State women’s golf team finished sixth as a team after carding a 54-hole score of 9-over par (873) during the Big 12 Championship which concluded on Tuesday. The team tied with 45th-ranked TCU.

Head coach Kristi Knight said she was proud of the team.

“Nobody wants to play well more than those ladies,” Knight said in a release to K-State Athletics. “It hurts them when they aren’t able to put up a good score. I am really proud of the effort today and happy for them. It was an all-around good day even if we would maybe like to have another shot at hole 10.”

Tuesday’s finish was the highest the team has placed since 2009 when the team finished fourth. Junior Heather Fortushniak finished carding a three-day score of 1-under par (215) which placed her in a tie for 15th individually in the championship.

Senior Niamh McSherry would finish the championship on Tuesday carding a score of 1-under par (71), with a total finish of 3-over par (219) which was good enough to place her in a tie for 22nd.

“Heather made a 20-foot downhill putt to birdie the last hole,” Knight said. “That got us in a tie for sixth when every stroke matters. Yesterday was disappointing, but today the team came out with great energy, purpose and resolve.”

Senior Reid Isaac finished her final Big 12 Championship appearance carding a 4-over par (220), placing her tied for 24th overall. Freshman Napua Glossner and Sophomore Haley Vargas both tied for 35th.

“The team teed off determined,” Knight said. “It is a crazy game. There is a lot of time between shots where you can second guess and get upset after a poor shot, but that zaps your energy. I thought today the team did a nice job of staying in the moment and giving it everything they have. They focused on the shot in front of them.”

Oklahoma State was crowned champion of the Big 12 after carding a three-day total score of 34-under par (830) to win the championship by 16 strokes. Texas Tech would finish in second after edging out Baylor, finishing 1-stroke ahead of the Bears 18-under par.

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