KSU women’s golf set for Big 12 field

By The Mercury

The Kansas State women’s golf team opened the Big 12 Championship Friday morning in Austin, Texas, at the par-72, 6,143-yard UT Golf Course.

Running through Saturday, the Wildcats were set to be paired up with TCU and Texas Tech.

The Wildcats sent the scoring lineup of junior Olivia Eliasson, senior Gianna Misenhelter, junior Carly Ragains and freshmen Katherine Gravel-Coursol and Madison Talley.

Eliasson was looking to continue her successful spring as the junior has earned four consecutive Top-20 finishes, including a tie for second with a 2-over 146 at the SMU/Dallas Athletic Club Invitational. Eliasson, who currently leads the team in rounds at or under par with seven, also recorded the Wildcats best round of the season — a 3-under 69 at the Ptarmigan Ram Classic in September.

Misenhelter, who has recorded eight Top-10 and 17 Top-20 finishes in her career at K-State, has had three rounds under par this season.

Leading the Wildcats in scoring this season with a 75.92 scoring average, Ragains was hoping to add to her successful junior campaign that included six Top-20 finishes and two Top-10 finishes, including a tie for fifth at the BYU/Entrada Classic. 

Making an appearance in her 10th tournament of the season, Gravel-Coursol was seeking a successful end to her consistent freshman season that included a tie for 24th at the Sunflower Invitational, a tournament where the Wildcats marked their best result of the season with a second-place finish.

Talley was set to make her sixth appearance of the season on Friday morning, which has included a season-best even-par 72 in the third round of the Ptarmigan Ram Classic.

K-State finished ninth at last year’s Big 12 Championship, while the Wildcats’ best placing was in 2009 when the Wildcats took fourth.

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