Wildcats Capture Top-Five Finish at Fresno
FRESNO, Calif. The Kansas State women’s golf team shot a field-best 295 to finish in fifth place at the Fresno State Invitational. The Wildcats finished the 36-hole tournament with a 314-295609 (+33) to capture their second top-five finish of the season.
Kansas State recorded their first victory over a top-50 ranked team, including a win over a fifth ranked Denver who struggled. The Wildcats outplayed two other top-50 teams, 41st ranked New Mexico State and 42nd ranked Oregon.
Fresno State captured the title with a 299-297596 (+20). Long Beach State’s Kay Hoey captured the individual title carding rounds of 74-72146 (+2).
“The team played really well today,” said head coach Kristi Knight. “ Our 295 is a the best round of any team for the tournament. Katy (Heffel) played really well today, she struggled on the front nine but played really well on her back nine and finished par for the day. Michelle (Regan) and Kali (Quick) both shot 74 and Abbi (Sunner) shot a 75 today.”
“The team played incredibly consistent,” said coach Knight. “That is what we are capable of and that is what we need to do more often. The team played great today and were able to beat some teams that were ranked ahead of us.”
Kansas State junior Michelle Regan grabbed her fifth top-20 finish of the season, and second of the spring. Regan carded rounds of 78-74152 (+8) to finish tied for 19th with freshman teammate Abbi Sunner who scored a 77-75152 (+8)), notching her third top-20 finish in four tries.
Kansas State senior Katy Heffel finished tied for 21st with rounds of 81-72153 (+9). Heffel’s final round 72 is her best since shooting a 71 in the 2005 Mountain View Collegiate.
“We played smart golf today,” said senior Katy Heffel. “We all made good decisions and played with a lot of confidence.”
Other Wildcats among the tournament field, junior Hailey Mireles carded a 78-77155 (+11) to finish tied for 32nd. Junior Kali Quick shot an 82-74156 (+12) to finish tied for 41st.
The Wildcats next action will be at the Texas A&M Mo’morial at Traditions Golf Course in Bryan, Texas on March 9-11.
Fresno State Invitational
Copper River CC
Par 72, 6,072
1. Fresno State, (+20); 2. UC Irvine, (+22); 3. Hawaii, (+23); 4. Long Beach State, (+29); 5. Kansas State, (+33); T6. Colorado, (+38); T6. UC Davis, (+38); 8. Denver, (+40); 9. Oregon, (+42); 10. Oregon State, (+43); T11. Sacramento, (+45); T11. Santa Clara University, (+45); 13. Nevada, (+51); T14. Boise State, (+52); T14. New Mexico State, (+52); 16. San Diego State, (+56); 17. Fresno State (B) (+67); 18. Eastern Washington (+71).
K-State Individuals: Michelle Regan, 78-74152, (+8); Abbi Sunner, 77-75152, (+8); Katy Heffel, 81-72153, (+9); Hailey Mireles, 78-77155, (+11); Kali Quick, 82-74156, (+12).