K-State improves on final day of Ram Classic

By The Mercury

WINDSOR, Colo. — The K-State women’s golf team finished tied for eighth on Tuesday with a three-round score of 47-over-par at Colorado State’s Ptarmigan Ram Classic at the par-72, 6,352-yard Ptarmigan Country Club.

K-State, which sat in ninth after the conclusion of round two, shot the sixth-lowest score in round three with every team member shooting a 75 or better. The performance resulted in a move up the standings to finish tied with host Colorado State.

“We weren’t quite able to get enough low scores in round one and two, but we finished strong today,” K-State coach Kristi Knight said. “This is just the beginning and we can take a lot of positives away from these results in a field with such great competition.”

Juniors Olivia Eliasson and Carly Ragains both finished in the Top 20 with Eliasson firing a 3-under-par 69 in the second round to move her up 36 spots to 13th before a round-three score of 74 placed her in a tie for 15th.

Ragains shot an even-par 72 in the final round to move up four spots and finish at a tie for 20th. She was also one of only five players in the entire tournament to card an eagle.

Finishing at a tie for 50th were K-State freshmen Katherine Gravel-Coursol and Madison Talley. Talley fired an even-par 72 in the final round to move up 19 spots, while Gravel-Coursol improved four positions with a 3-over-par 75.

Senior Gianna Misenhelter had her best round of the tournament in round three by firing a 3-over-par 75 as she finished in a tie for 58th.

California captured the Ptarmigan Ram Classic team title at a 9-over-par 873, nine strokes better than second-place Colorado. UNLV’s Dana Finkelstein was the top individual performer at 4-under-par 212, followed closely by both California’s Nicola Roessler and New Mexico’s Sammi Stevens at 3-under-par.

K-State will be back in action Sept. 23-24, when the Wildcats host the Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitational at Colbert Hills in Manhattan. The event is free to the public.

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