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K-State women finish eighth in Lawrence

By The Mercury

LAWRENCE — The Kansas State women’s golf team finished the 2012 Big 12 Championship in eighth place at the par-70, 6,150-yard Lawrence Country Club after final-round play on Sunday.

The Wildcats turned in their best score of the weekend at 20-over-par 300 to finish with a 54-hole score of 92-over-par 932.

Leading the way for K-State on Sunday was junior Hanna Roos, who recorded an eight-shot improvement from the second round to card a 1-over-par 71. Roos finished in 15th to earn her second top-20 finish of the season, while she registered the highest placing by a Wildcat in the Big 12 Championship since Elise Houtz also tied for 15th in 2009.

“Hanna had a great round today,” K-State head coach Kristi Knight said. “We got better each day. Today was a long day with the delay in the middle of the round, but we made positive strides this season. The ladies will continue to practice and improve in the offseason.”

Whitney Pyle notched an 8-over-par 78 to finish in a tie for 20th, earning her fifth top-20 finish on the season. Three spots behind Pyle was Carly Ragains, who improved two shots from her second round to tie for 23rd at 23-over-par 233.

Gianna Misenhelter tallied the biggest improvement by a Wildcat by shaving nine strokes off her second-round score, finishing the final round at 5-over-par 75 to tie for 44th. Ami Storey turned in a 54-hole score of 35-over-par 245 to also tie for 44th.

Oklahoma won its second Big 12 Championship by combining for a 64-over-par 904, seven strokes ahead of second-place Texas. Texas A&M’s Mary Michael Maggio won the individual competition with a 54-hole score of 9-over-par 219.

K-State will return seven players off this year’s squad, including four juniors from the 2011-12 campaign. The Wildcats also bring back three players that competed in at least nine events this year.

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