Women’s golf places 12th at Dale McNamara Invitational, concludes fall schedule

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

The Kansas State women’s golf team concluded the fall schedule at the Dale McNamara Invitational at the Golf Club of Oklahoma in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, on Tuesday. The team placed 12th out of 13 teams.

The Wildcats’ fall results are 13th at the Sam Golden Invitational, 3rd at the Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitational, 14th at the Schooner Fall Classic and 12th on Tuesday.

K-State shot an 18-over par 306 in the first round, 23-par over 311 in round two and 22-over par 310 in round three to card a 63-over par 927.

“This fall has not been up to our standards,” K-State head coach Kristi Knight said to K-State Athletics. “Our overall ball striking and our putting at times has been poor.”

Not everything went poorly for the Wildcats. True freshman Lilly Whitley completed her first top-20 career finish, tying for 16th place at 4-over par 220.

“I’m proud of Lilly,” Knight said. “She had another very solid round today.”

Remington Isaac fell out of the top 20 on Tuesday but managed to place 25th for the Wildcats, carding a 7-over par 223. The true freshman will end the fall schedule as the team stroke leader at 72.83.

Another Wildcat to fall out of the top 20 on Tuesday was junior Manon Donche-Gay. Competing as an individual, Donche-Gay carded a 6-over par 78 final round to tie for 31st place at 9-over par 225.

Sophomore Gabriela McNelly tied in 49th place after a 14-spot rise in the final round with a 1-over par 73 in the final 18. It earned her a 15-over par 231.

Junior Haley Vargas placed 64th with a 21-over par 237, senior Briony Bayles tied for 68th place at 25-over par 241 and senior Heather Fortushniak placed 74th at 29-over par 245.

UNLV won the invitational with 861 strokes. Tulsa — the host — finished at 10th place with 903.

“It is frustrating, but we all have to step up and be willing to make the necessary adjustments to be better,” Knight said to K-State Athletics. “We have the spring championship season ahead of us. It’s time to get after it and get better.”

K-State won’t return to the course for competition until Feb. 27-28 at the Westbrook Invitational in Peoria, Arizona, at Vistas Golf Club.

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