COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Kansas State women's golf team was unable to avoid high scores in the final round Tuesday at the Johnie Imes Invitational at The Club at Old Hawthorne as the Cats finished in 13th place.
The second round proved to be the most successful round for K-State, even though it was divided between two days because of darkness, as the Wildcats shot a 306 (+18) to put them in 10th place. Ami Storey's 2-over par 74 was a main contributor to the low total in the second round and was also a season 18-hole low for Storey.
"I was pleased with our play in the second round we just didn't finish the way we needed to in the final round," said head coach Kristi Knight. "We found ourselves on the wrong part of the green most of the day and that lead to too many putts, but we have to pick up and move on to next week."
The Wildcats were not able to carry its momentum into the final round, scoring double bogey or higher on 14 holes. K-State shot a 325 (+37), giving it a total score of 949 (+85).
Tulsa continued to lead the competition after shooting a 305 (+17) in the second round but was overcome by Wisconsin in the final round to finish second. The Badgers shot a final-round score of 301 (+13) to capture its first victory of the fall season, shooting a 908 (+44).
Kristina Merkle of Tulsa never gave up her spot at the top of the leaderboard and cruised to a first place finish among the individuals. She shot a 74 (+2) in the second round, followed by a 79 in the third and final round for a 54-hole score of 222 (+6). Merkle is ranked 14th in the nation according to GolfWeek.
K-State's bright spot was freshman Hanna Roos, who was able to lead the Wildcats for the second-straight competition this season as she shot a 54-hole score of 237 (+21). Roos was able to improve from her first round 81 by cutting four strokes off of her second round score of 77. The final round was a struggle for Roos as it was for her teammates as she shot 79 (+7) to conclude the competition and finish in a tie for 45th.
Keeping pace with Roos was Paige Osterloo, who shot an identical score of 237 (+21). Osterloo was able to improve from her first-round score of 78 to a second-round score of 77 (+5) before shooting an 82 in the final round.
Abbi Sunner played well through the first two rounds, shooting a 76 in the first and a 78 (+6) in the second, putting her in a tie for 20th. The senior was unable to hold on as she shot an 83 in the final round to drop her to a tie for 45th with Roos and Osterloo.
Storey shot an 81 (+9) in the final round to give her a 54-hole score of 238 (+22). The UK native finished in a tie for 53rd.
Elise Houtz completed K-State's lineup with a final round 85 giving her a 54-hole score of 251 (+35), putting her in a tie for 84th.
Johnie Imes Invitational
Club at Old Hawthorne
Par 72 / 6,204 yards
Team Scores: 1. Wisconsin, 309-299-301-908 (+44); 2. Tulsa, 301-305-306-912 (+48); 3. Missouri, 316-298-299 (+49); 4. Ole Miss, 314-303-299-916 (+52); 5. Illinois State, 305-306-307-918 (+54); 6. Arkansas Little Rock, 311-299-312-922 (+58); 7. Indiana, 310-303-305-928 (+64); 8. Princeton, 320-307-302-929 (+65); 9. Missouri State, 310-309-315-934 (+70); 10. Kansas, 319-313-303-935 (+71); 11. Florida International, 314-308-316-938 (+74); 12. Bradley, 318-311-313-942 (+78); 13. Kansas State, 318-306-325-949 (+85); 14. Middle Tenn. State, 320-314-324-958 (+94); 15. Southern Illinois, 324-322-314-960 (+96); 16. Iowa, 320-313-328-961 (+97); 17. UMKC, 335-334-313-982 (+118); 18. Redland CC, 341-336-342-1019 (+155).
Top Individuals: 1. Kristina Merkle, Tulsa, 69-74-79-222 (+6); T2. Michelle Morgan, Missouri, 79-71-73-223 (+7); T2. Molly Schemm, Wisconsin, 72-74-77-223 (+7); T4. Sara Grantham, Ole Miss, 76-73-76-225 (+9); T4. Mallory Fraiche, Arkansas-Little Rock, 74-75-76-225 (+9).
K-State Individuals: T45. Hanna Roos, 81-77-79-237 (+21); T45. Abbi Sunner, 76-78-83-237 (+21); T45. Paige Osterloo, 78-77-82-237 (+21); T53. Amy Storey, 83-74-81-238 (+22); T84. Elise Houtz, 86-80-85-251 (+35).