Vargas, women’s golf stumble during final round at The Bruzzy

KState golf at the Bruzzy
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)

Kansas State women’s golf placed eighth in the field, including six ranked teams at the Bruzzy following a 27-over par final round. The Wildcats entered Sunday’s final round just one stroke outside of the top 5. 

During the opening two rounds, K-State was led by senior Haley Vargas who sat atop the individual leaderboard at two-under par on Saturday. Vargas carded a final round of 9-over par, giving her a share of 13th place at 7-over par.

“I am heartbroken for Haley and the entire team,” head coach Kristi Knight said. “We did not handle conditions well today, as our misses were costly.”

Senior Manon Donche-Gay and freshman Noa Van Beek both finished in the top 50. The duo saw themselves in the top 25 after Saturday’s two rounds, but each recorded a 6-over par final round. Donche-Gay finished in 31st place at 12-over par while Van Beek was a stroke behind in 36th place.

The scoring lineup was rounded out by junior Gabriela McNelly in 74th place at 25-over par and freshman Kate Tilma in 81st place at 31-over par. 

Competing as an individual, junior Napua Glossner tied for 71st after a 24-over-par weekend. 

“We have to take ownership of this and let it be a great opportunity to learn and be better,” Knight said. 

The Wildcats will take on the Big 12 Match Play tournament held at Kierland Golf Club April 7-9. The tournament, hosted in Scottsdale, Arizona, marks the final outing for the Wildcats before the 2023 Big 12 Championship on April 21-23.