K-State golf takes seventh at DAC Invite

By The Mercury

DALLAS — The Kansas State women’s golf team turned in a final-round score of 26-over-par 314 on Sunday to finish in seventh place at the Dallas Athletic Club Invitational at the par-72, 6,301-yard Dallas Athletic Golf Club.

The Wildcats carded a 63-over-par 927 in the 54-hole event, four strokes shy of a Top-5 finish.

“This was a strong field, and we picked up wins against teams ranked ahead of us,” K-State coach Kristi Knight said. “It’s disappointing after a strong start, but, all in all, a solid result. Hopefully our young players can learn from this experience.”

Gianna Misenhelter carded an 8-over-par 80 in the final round to finish with a 54-hole score of 13-over-par 229, one shot shy of a Top-10 finish. Misenhelter picked up her fifth Top-20 finish of the season entering the Big 12 Championship.

Olivia Eliasson remained strong in the final round of play, as she ended with a 15-over-par 231. The sophomore finished in a tie for 20th, capturing her sixth Top-20 finish of the season. Whitney Pyle was close to a Top-20 finish by turning in a 54-hole score of 18-over-par 234 to tie for 26th, three shots shy of the Top-20.

“Whitney and Olivia had solid rounds today, and Gianna battled back after getting off to a rough start,” Knight said. “Hanna may have had the round of the day. Her 81 proved very important. She also showed great heart.”

Carly Ragains carded a final score of 27-over-par 243, while Hanna Roos improved her strokecount by 13 in the final round to finish with a 54-hole score of 35-over-par 251.

Oklahoma State won the team competition with a final score of 32-over-par 896, five strokes ahead of second-place Oklahoma. Oklahoma State’s Julie Yang remained solid in the final round as she won the individual competition with a 54-hole score of 6-under-par 210, seven strokes ahead of second-place Chirapat Jao-Javanil of Oklahoma.

The Wildcats will be back in action April 19-21, as they travel to Rhodes, Iowa, for the Big 12 Championship at Harvester Golf Club.

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