Wildcats Rocket Up Leaderboard
Kiawah Island, S.C. The Kansas State Women’s Golf team shot up the leaderboard on the final day of the Watts Palmetto going from 16th to sixth in the final round of the fall season.
The Wildcats shot a three-round total of 313-305-292910 to claim their fourth top-10 team finish of the season. The final round 292 was a season low for the Wildcats, beating their previous best 306 at New Mexico State. The combined team score of 910 is also a season low, topping the squad's 925, which was also shot at NMSU.
“The team did a great job today and we finished on a strong note with a 292,” said head coach Kristi Knight. “They are excited with the strong finish and I hope they enjoy how satisfying it feels to play well. This is the ability they have. I am proud of all of them.”
Senior Helene Robert carded a 76-76-74226 to finish tied for 20th, extending K-State’s streak to nine straight tournaments with an individual top-20 finisher.
Junior Hailey Mireles finished up at 79-80-71230, to tie for 38th. Her final round of 71 (-1) was two strokes better than her previous career single-round low of 73 at the 2006 Big 12 Championships, and is the first below par round of her collegiate career.
Junior Kali Quick posted scores of 76-77-77230 to finish tied with Mireles for 38th place.
Senior Katy Heffel posted an 82-75-74231 to finish tied for 41st. Heffel carded seven birdies over her final two rounds to help the team to its sixth place finish.
Junior Michelle Regan rounded out the K-State scoirng, finishing with an 83-77-73233 and tying for 50 th.
Seniors Robert and Heffel were pleased with the way the team finished out the fall season.
“We finished really strong today,” said Robert. “It gives us a taste of what we can accomplish in the spring. Everything just came together for us at the right time and we were all playing well today.”
“I am just really happy with the way the team played today,” said Heffel. “I am proud of the way we played, Hailey (Mireles) had her first under par round and everyone just played well. This just shows us what we are capable of doing in the spring.”
Kansas State opens its spring slate of tournaments in February, when the Wildcats travel south of the border to play in the Baja Classic in
Edwin Watts Collegiate
Oak Point Golf Club
Par 72, 5,953
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K-State Individuals: Helene Robert, (+10); Hailey Mireles, (+14); Kali Quick, (+14); Katy Heffel, (+15); Michelle Regan, (+17).