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K-State ties for fourth at Ptarmigan/Ram Fall Classic



FT. COLLINS, Colo.Kansas State finished tied for fourth at the Ptarmigan/Ram Fall Classic Tuesday. The team’s first tournament of the year marked a career best for sophomore Helene Robert, who tied for fifth.


            Robert shot rounds of 70-75-72--217, a five-stroke improvement from her previous best set at the Notre Dame Adidas Invitational in 2003, in Parrish, Fla. She also tied for fifth, carding a combined 221 at that event. During Tuesday’s third round, Robert recorded four birdies.


            “Helene made good course management decisions,” head coach Kristi Knight said. “She was always on fairways and greens. She appreciated par, showing a maturity from last year. She stayed patient and didn’t force anything. Helene played well both physically and mentally.”


            Knight said the third round was a struggle for the team compared to yesterday’s competition.


            “We had too many wasted shots,” she said. “We didn’t execute as well around the green today. But overall, this tournament is encouraging for the rest of the season.”


            Freshman Kali Quick, in her collegiate debut, tied for 19th, with scores of 76-73-77--226. Knight said that while Quick got on the wrong side of the hole a couple times, she hung in there and battled. Also starting her Wildcat career, freshman Hailey Mireles carded a combined 239, tying for 58th.


            “Hailey had two bad holes today,” Knight said. “Other than that, she played very well. I think both the freshman got good experience, since now they know what a college tournament is like.”


            Sophomore Katy Heffel, who was tied for 12th after two rounds, slipped to tie for 34th in the final standings. Knight attributed Heffel’s struggle to shots on the wrong side of the hole and few birdie opportunities.


            “Katy wasn’t quite as sharp today as she was yesterday,” Knight admitted. “But she can take of lot of good things from this tournament and build on them. She has a lot to be proud of.”


            Senior Sarah Heffel had a better ball striking day Tuesday, according to Knight. She tied for 55th, with rounds of 78-80-79--237.


            “When you’re on the defensive, playing from the rough or the hazards, like Sarah was yesterday, it’s tough to get in the flow,” Knight said. “She has already talked to me about things she wants to work on this week and that says something.”


            The Wildcats continue play at the Jeannine McHaney Invitational Sept. 24-26 in Lubbock, Texas. For complete coverage of the Ptarmigan/Ram Fall Classic, please visit Kansas State’s website at www.kstatesports.com.


Team Scores: 1. Colorado State 292-289-295--876 T2. Colorado 302-304-296--902, San Jose State 299-297-306--902 T4. Kansas State 298-300-309--907, San Francisco 290-313-304--907 6. Long Beach State 304-303-305--912 7. Boise State 298-312-307--917 8. Fresno State 302-309-308--919 T9. Denver 312-303-305--920, Portland State 305-305-310--920 11. Montana 306-304-313--923 12. Nevada 309-319-296--924 13. Northern Colorado 310-317-317--944 14. Arkansas State 309-315-323--947, Montana State 314-318-315--947 16. Wyoming 315-319-319--953 17.  Weber State 327-320-309--956 18. Gonzaga 323-320-321--964


Top Individuals: 1. Laura Luethke, Fresno State, 68-74-71--213 2. Hannah Hoch, Colorado, 73-71-71--215 T3. Jessica Potter, San Francisco, 68-74-74--216, Kay Hoey, Long Beach State, 73-71-72--216 T5. Helene Robert, Kansas State, 70-75-72--217, Janelle Gomez, San Jose State, 74-72-71--217


Wildcat Individuals: T5. Helene Robert 70-75-72--217 T19. Kali Quick 76-73-77--226 T34. Katy Heffel 74-74-83--231 T55. Sarah Heffel 78-80-79--237 T58. Hailey Mireles 80-78-81--239

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