Golf teams wrap up competition in two-day tournaments

Luke O'Neill eyes the course during the first round of the Big 12 Golf Championship at Prairie Dunes Country Club on April 26, 2021. (Archive photo by Sophie Osborn | Collegian Media Group)

Men’s Golf Day One

The Kansas State men’s golf team held the Wildcat Invitational at Colbert Hills on Monday and tied for third place after the first 36 holes.

The Wildcats got off to a strong start, as they shot a 1-over par 289 in round one to tie for first place after the first 18 holes. The next 18 holes were not as strong for K-State, hitting a 10-over par 298 to finish with an overall score of 11-over par 587 to tie for third place on the day.

Sophomore Ethan Miller led the Wildcats with a finish in the top-10 and a score of 1-under par 143, entering day two in fourth place. Sophomore Luke O’Neill also placed in the top-10 with a score of 1-over par 145, placing him in eighth to enter day two.

Junior Tim Tillmanns shot a 5-over par 149 to tie for 18th place, and Will Hopkins shot a 6-over par 150 to place 22nd on the day.

Freshman Nicklaus Mason shot a 9-over par 153 on the day in his debut.

Redshirt sophomore Jack Baker shot a 13-over par 157 to finish in 53rd place.

Junior Riccardo Leo shot a 14-over 158 to finish in a tie for 54th place.

Freshman Cooper Schultz finished the day with a score of 10-over par 154.

The Wildcats sat in a tie for third place with Kansas City with a score of 9-over par 585.

Men’s Golf Day Two

Sophomores O’Neill and Miller played a strong final round of golf at the Wildcat Invitational to help K-State finish in second place.

As a team, the Wildcats had a score of 2-under par 286 on Tuesday. In the whole three rounds, K-State had a score of 147 pars, 50 birdies and five eagles.

O’Neill’s strong final round led to a fourth-place finish — his first top-5 finish in his career. A third-round score of 3-under par 69 helped him finish with a total score of 2-under par 214.

Tillmann had a score of 1-under par 71 in the last 18 holes, finishing in a tie for ninth place. His ninth-place finish came with a total score of 4-over par 220.

Miller finished with a score of 4-over par 220 after a strong 18 holes for a score of 5-over par 77.

Hopkins finished the last round with a score of 5-over par 77, along with a finals score of 11-over par 227 to tie for 31st place.

Schultz finished the final round with a score of 2-under par 70, finishing with a total score of 8-over par 224 to tie for 21st place.

Leo carded 18-over par 234 to tie for 47th place.

Sam Houston State won the event by team scores, and Kansas City’s George Clarke won the individual title with a score of 6-under par 210.

Women’s Golf Day One

The first day at Sam Golden was a rollercoaster ride as K-State finished in ninth place with a performance of 3-over par 575, featuring a 4-under par 284 in the first round.

The competition included other Big 12 teams such as Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and TCU, as well as former Big 12 rival Texas A&M.

Junior Haley Vargas played the best 18 holes in her collegiate career on day one, hitting a 5-under par 67.

Vargas entered the final round tied for 18th at 3-under par 141.

Senior Heather Fortushniak had a strong start but could not sustain it through the day, ending with a tie for 43rd place at 3-over par 147. Her strong start got her a score of 69 in the opening round.

Junior Manon Donche-Gay got a score of even-par 144. She tied for 31st place with a score of 70.

Freshman Remington Isaac shot a 4-over par 148, and sophomore Napua Glossner shot a 6-over 150.

Women’s Golf Day Two

The women’s team did not finish as strong on Tuesday compared to Monday, finishing with a final score of 10-over par in the Sam Golden Invitational.

The Wildcats slipped four spots in the standings after Tuesday’s performance to finish with a score of 9-over par 873.

Isaac was big for the Wildcats, carding a 3-under par 69 in the final round to move her up 15 spots in the standings. Her final score was a 1-over par 217 to tie for 37th place.

Vargas led the team, finishing with an even-par 216 after shooting a 3-over par 75.

Donche-Gay had a total score of 4-over par 220 to tie for 46th place.

Glossner and Fortushniak both finished with a 12-over par 228 to tie for 71st place.

Oklahoma State won the event with a final team score of 36-under par 828.

Up Next for the Wildcats

The men’s golf team returns to action Sept. 27-28 for the Old Town Intercollegiate tournament against host Wake Forest and other visiting teams at the Old Town Country Club in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

The women’s golf team returns to action Sept. 20-21 at the Marilynn Smith Sunflower Invitational for the first home tournament of the year at Colbert Hills Country Club in Manhattan.