EAGLE, Neb. The Kansas State women’s golf team used a strong showing Monday at the rainy Chip-N-Club Invitational to land in second place heading into day two of the fall’s first tournament. The Wildcats shot a 13-over 297 during their first round on the par 71, 6,079 yard Woodland Hills course, good enough to edge Texas State by four strokes for first place. K-State then fired an 18-over 302 in round two to drop behind Texas State by just one stroke with 18 holes left to play.
“I’m really proud of them,” head coach Kristi Knight said. “They did a great job. They were the only team to break 300 in the morning. The conditions were awful, and they had to work really hard in those conditions to shoot that score. They just hung in there and battled really hard. They showed a lot of maturity, a lot of guts, and that’s what it takes.”
Linn Gustafsson of Texas State and Sara Wikstrom of Arkansas-Little Rock both shot 1-over par 143 to tie for first individually after 36 holes. Behind Texas State and K-State, Arkansas-Little Rock checks in nine strokes back at 40-over 608. Nebraska (+48) and Kansas (+50) round out the top five.
Senior Kali Quick paced the Wildcats with her consistent play, shooting a 2-over par 144. Her pair of 72s puts her in third place individually, just one stroke behind the tournament leaders. Quick’s rounds tie for her career-best 18-hole score, and she is on pace to break her 54-hole best 223 that she recorded at Edwin Watts/ Palmetto in 2004.
“Kali played really well,” Knight said. “She just really stayed patient and didn’t let anything distract her. Her emotions never really changed, and that’s what she’s got to do. I was really proud of her.”
Michelle Regan and Abbi Sunner used solid rounds to start Tuesday’s final round in the top 10. Regan is in a tie for fifth place after firing a 6-over 148. She played her middle 18 holes of the day in even fashion and will look to add to her 11 top-20 career finishes. Sunner, who is tied for eighth, is just one stroke back after her 7-over 149 showing. Sunner was off to a rough start in her second round, but she shot 1-under par in her last 10 holes to right the ship and remain close to the leaders.
Hailey Mireles finished day one tied for 42nd with a 19-over par 61. Krista Nelson (+21) and Morgan Moon (+22) are close on her heels.
The Chip-N-Club Invitational’s final round begins at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday with a shotgun start. Live scoring is available via www.golfstat.com. Results will be posted on www.k-statesports.com once they are made available.
Woodland Hills Golf Club
Par 71, 6,079 yards
Team Scores: 1. Texas State, 301-297598 (+30); 2. Kansas State, 297-302599 (+31); 3. Arkansas-Little Rock, 303-305608 (+40); 4. Nebraska, 310-306616 (+48); 5. Kansas, 313-305618 (+50); 6. William & Mary, 313-311624 (+56); 7. Oral Roberts, 317-310627 (+59); 8. Northern Colorado, 321-307628 (+60); 9. Nebraska B’, 325-311636 (+68); 10. McNeese State, 321-320641 (+73); 11. South Dakota State, 320-323643 (+75); 12. Missouri State, 332-313645 (+77); 13. Wichita State, 320-327647 (+79); 14. Montana, 331-319650 (+82); 15. Boston College, 337-315652 (+84); 16. Creighton, 337-322659 (+91); 17. North Dakota State, 342-318660 (+92); 18. Redlands CC, 341-325666 (+98); 19. UMKC, 357-363720 (+152)
K-State Individuals: 3. Kali Quick, 72-72144 (+2); T5. Michelle Regan, 73-75148 (+6); T8. Abbi Sunner, 72-77149 (+7); T42. Hailey Mireles, 80-81161 (+19); T52. Krista Nelson, 85-78163 (+21); T57. Morgan Moon*, 83-81164 (+22)
* competing as an individual