Women’s golf struggles, finishes 14th at Schooner Fall Classic

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

It hasn’t exactly been the start to the season that the Kansas State women’s golf team wanted. The Wildcats have placed in the bottom three in two of the three tournaments they have competed in this season.

This weekend’s result was one of those two.

After starting in a big hole on Sunday, shooting a 32-over par 592 and sitting in 14th place, the Wildcats could not improve their position on Monday afternoon, shooting an 11-over par 291.

Those two finishes totaled out to a 43-over par 883 for a 14th place finish overall.

“Not a good result for us overall,” head coach Kristi Knight told K-State Athletics. “We dug a hole in the first round, or really the last few holes of the first round. In a field like this, it is difficult to recover and move up. We can’t waste shots like that.”

Even with the poor performance, there has been a bright spot on the team in freshman Remington Isaac. The newcomer has led the team on the individual leaderboard in the past two tournaments.

Isaac shot a 4-over par 144 over the first two rounds on Sunday and a 1-over par 71 in the final round on Monday for a 5-over par 215 total, putting her in a tie for 24th place individually.

Senior Heather Fortushniak shot a 3-over par 73 on Monday, which — added on to her 9-over par 149 on Sunday — was enough for a tie for 51st place. Fortushniak finished with a 12-over par 222 overall.

Teammates Haley Vargas and Gabriela McNelly finished tied for 65th place. Both finished their tournaments with a score of 16-over par 226.

McNelly impressively managed to climb four slots on the leaderboard between Sunday and Monday. After shooting a 14-over par 154 on Sunday, the sophomore shot a 2-over par 72 on Monday, which tied a career-best.

Junior Manon Donche-Gay finished at 73rd place with a 9-over par 229, after carding a 14-over par 154 on Sunday before finishing with a 5-over par 75 in the final round on Monday.

K-State finished behind five conference foes, including Oklahoma State (1st), Baylor (3rd), TCU (6th), Oklahoma (7th) and Iowa State (9th).

“We will have a couple of days to rest and recover,” Knight said. “Then it’s back to getting better.”

After a week-long break from competition, K-State will return to the courses competitively on Oct. 10, when they compete in the Dale McNamara Invitational in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. The competition is scheduled to run through Oct. 12.