TUCSON, Ariz. Kali Quick shot even par in her final round as the Kansas State women’s golf team finished in a tie for 13th at the Mountain View Intercollegiate. The Wildcats carded a 19-over par 307 in their last 18 holes on the par 72, 6,178-yard Mountain View Golf Course to finish five strokes out of the top 10.
“It was a tougher day to get the ball close to the hole,” head coach Kristi Knight said. “Kali had a really good day. She really finished strong on the last six or seven holes. Elise (Houtz) had a really nice round... There are good things going on. There are good things happening. We just have to remember that and keep having good, focused practices as we turn our attention to Miami and the Canes & Cardinal Classic.”
Indiana hung on to its two-round lead by shooting a 3-over par 291 Sunday, the best team round of the day, to win the tournament by nine strokes over San Jose State. The Hoosiers’ also had the top individual in the tournament in Lauren Harling. Harling was able to make up four strokes on San Jose State’s Erica Moston in the final 18 holes to win the tournament by a stroke with her final tally of 1-under par 215.
Quick’s final-round 72 moved her up from a tie for 43rd after two rounds and into the top 20. The senior from Nampa, Idaho, brought home her fifth top-20 of the season, and the 72 was her lowest round of this spring.
Elise Houtz moved 10 spots up the leaderboard, carding a 3-over par 75 on Sunday to finish in a tie for 43rd. The freshman’s 75 was tied for the lowest round of her career, and the tournament total of 228 was the lowest 54-hole score of her career by four strokes. The finish of a tie for 43rd was her best placing in the three spring tournaments Houtz has played in.
“Elise is doing a great job,” Knight said. “It’s been really fun and exciting to have a freshman in the line-up and turning in good rounds. Elise just has a great on-course demeanor, and she’s a real competitor and battler.”
Michelle Regan was unable to hold on to a spot in the top 20 and finished at 14-over par 230 for the tournament, landing in a tie for 51st. Abbi Sunner was two strokes back at 16-under 232 and tied for 61st.
K-State will head to Don Shula Golf Course in Miami Lakes, Fla., for the Canes & Cardinal Classic on April 7-8. It’s the final tune-up for the Wildcats before the Big 12 Championship on April 25-27 in Sillwater, Okla.
Mountain View Intercollegiate
Mountain View Golf Course
Par 72, 6,178 yards
Team Scores: 1. Indiana, 294-295-291880 (+16); 2. San Jose State, 287-308-294889 (+25); T3. Texas Tech, 293-301-297891 (+27); T3. Oklahoma, 287-302-302891 (+27); 5. Missouri, 290-301-301892 (+28); T6. Nebraska, 296-299-300895 (+31); T6. Louisville, 294-301-300895 (+31); 8. East Carolina, 299-297-305901 (+37); 9. Iowa State, 304-295-304903 (+39); 10. Michigan, 305-298-304907 (+43); 11. Kansas, 299-308-302909 (+45); 12. Colorado, 300-304-306910 (+46); 13. Kansas State, 306-299-307912 (+48); 14. Northwestern, 302-303-310915 (+51); 15. Colorado State, 310-305-307922 (+58); 16. Baylor, 307-309-314930 (+66); 17. Boise State, 310-317-312939 (+75)
K-State Individuals: T20. Kali Quick, 76-76-72224 (+8); T43. Elise Houtz, 77-76-75228 (+12); T51. Michelle Regan, 75-74-81230 (+14); T61. Abbi Sunner, 78-75-79232 (+16); T73. Hailey Mireles, 78-74-84236 (+20); *T70. Morgan Moon, 83-73-79235 (+19)
*competing as an individual