LAWRENCE, Kan. – Whitney Pyle and Gianna Misenhelter registered career-best finishes and the Kansas State women’s golf team took third place after the final round of the Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitational on Tuesday.
Pyle saved her best performance of the invitational for the final round, carding a 2-over par 74 to wrap up the competition with a career-best 54-hole score of 11-over par 227. The sophomore concluded with a career-best sixth place finish and now has two top-10 finishes in her career.
Misenhelter also had a career-best finish of 12th place after recording a three-round total of 13-over par 229. This is the second top-20 finish for the freshman in as many events.
K-State mirrored its first round score of 18-over par 306 in the final round at the par 72, 6,279-yard Alvamar Golf Course. The Wildcats’ three-round score of 52-over par 916 helped them earn their second finish in the top three this season. K-State was bested by host Kansas, which tallied a score of 39-over par 903.
The Wildcats’ second and third place finishes in the last two events marks the best start since the fall season in 2001 when Kristi Knight’s squad gathered a third and first place finish through two events.
Kansas’ Grace Thiry won the individual competition with a 54-hole score of 3-over par 219.
Ami Storey cracked the top-20, tying for 18th with a three-round score of 16-over par 232. Storey has now notched six career top-20 finishes, including two this season.
Emily Houtz finished in a tie for 23rd and carded 5-over par 77 in the third round to total a 54-hole score of 17-over par 233.
Paige Osterloo finished with back-to-back 79’s in the second and third rounds to finish with a three-round score of 22-over par 238, finishing in a tie for 35th.
Hanna Roos and Kristen Dorsey competed as individuals this week. Roos joined Osterloo in 35th place with a score of 22-over par 238, while Dorsey tallied a 39-over par 255 through three rounds.
K-State will continue action Oct. 4th and 5th at the Johnnie Imes Invitational in Columbia, Mo., at the Club at Old Hawthorne.
Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitational
Alvamar Golf Course
Par 72-6,279 yards
Team Scores: 1. Kansas, 313-290-300—903 (+39); 2. Arkansas-Little Rock, 306-306-301—913(+49); 3. K-State, 306-304-306—916 (+52); 4. Nebraska, 303-301-317—929 (+65); 5. Oral Roberts, 313-299-317—929 (+65); 6. Wichita State, 306-316-312—934 (+70); 7. Illinois State, 316-310-315—941 (+77); 8. South Florida, 318-312-312—942 (+78); 9. Arkansas State, 332-311-320—963 (+99); 9. UMKC, 318-322-332—972 (+108); 11. Northern Iowa, 334-320-320—974 (+110); 12. Creighton, 331-343-339—1013 (+149).
Top Individuals: 1. Grace Thiry, Kansas, 73-73-73—219 (+3); 2. Katy Nugent, Kansas, 79-69-72—220 (+4); T3. Shena Yang, South Florida, 77-73-73—223 (+7); T3. Maddie Sheils, Nebraska, 72-70-81—223 (+7).
K-State Individuals: T6. Whitney Pyle, 77-76-74—227 (+11); T12. Gianna Misenhelter, 76-77-76—229 (+11); T18. Ami Storey, 73-74-84—232 (+16); T23. Emily Houtz, 80-76-77—233 (+17); T35. Paige Osterloo, 80-79-79—238 (+22); *T35. Hanna Roos, 78-76-84—238 (+22); *T61. Kristen Dorsey, 84-84-87—255 (+39).
*competing as individual
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