Women’s golf takes third as tournament host, Bernat earns individual title

Junior Carla Bernat hits a bunker shot during Sept. 5 practice. Bernat finished the Marilynn Smith Sunflower Invitational at 5-under, earning her the individual title. (Avery Johnson | Collegiate Media Group)

Kansas State women’s golf placed third in its home tournament — the Marilynn Smith Sunflower Invitational — as junior Carla Bernat topped the individual leaderboard. 

Bernat became the first Wildcat to earn an individual title since 2020, finishing at 5-under, the 10th-lowest score in school history. 

“I’m delighted for Carla to get her fourth collegiate win as well as for Remington [Isaac] and Napua [Glossner] to record their top finishes as collegiate golfers,” head coach Stew Burke said to K-State Athletics.

Glossner and Isaac competed as individuals with Isaac finishing in second place at 3-under and Glossner in fourth place with a 1-over tally. 

The Wildcats’ final 54-hole score was 26-over, giving the team its first top-three finish since 2021. 

“Overall, this week was experience gained and opportunity missed,” Burke said. “It was nice to get into position in the final round again with only a few holes to go, but unfortunately we couldn’t capitalize on the opportunity and finished on the podium instead of holding the trophy.”

K-State’s scoring lineup consisted of Bernat, freshmen Alenka Navarro and Julia Ballester Barrio, and seniors Haley Vargas and Gabriela McNelly.

Narvarro notched her first-career top-20 finish with a tie for 16th place at 9-over par. McNelly trailed her with an 11-over-par mark that placed her in a tie for 21st. 

Vargas, backed by a 2-over final round, finished in a tie for 39th with an 18-over-par total while Barrio placed 46th at 20-over par. 

Sophomore Noa van Beek competed as another individual for the Wildcats and tied for 24th place with a 12-over-par mark. 

“There’s been some nice progress made and some development of the roster, which is ultimately going to pull us along throughout the year,” Burke said.

Sam Houston and BYU edged out the Wildcats by seven and three strokes, respectively. 

K-State will travel to Knoxville, Tennessee, for the Mercedes Benz Collegiate Championship at Cherokee Country Club on Oct. 15-17.