Pyle leads Wildcats to Top-3 finish

By The Mercury

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Kansas State senior women’s golfer Whitney Pyle captured a career-best second-place finish and the third-lowest 54-hole in school history Tuesday to lead the Wildcats at the Johnie Imes Invitational at the par-72, 6,234-yard Club at Old Hawthorne.

K-State, which finished in third place, turned in a three-round score of 24-over 888, the best team score of the fall slate by 40 strokes. The Wildcats were three shots behind host school Missouri and 12 shots behind first-place SMU.

Pyle played the final round at 5-over-par 77 to earn a career-best 54-hole score of 2-under 214. It was the Wildcats’ lowest 54-hole score since 2003 when Christine Boucher shot a 213 at the Price’s Give ‘Em Five.

In addition to Pyle, Olivia Eliasson turned in a final-round score of 1-under 71, marking the first under-par round for the sophomore. Eliasson finished in a tie for 18th with a 54-hole score of 7-over 223 to earn her second top-20 finish of the fall slate.

Gianna Misenhelter notched a 54-hole score of 8-over 224 to finish 20th, earning the third straight top-20 finish this season.

Hanna Roos carded a 13-over 232 to tie for 50th. Freshman Scotland Preston, who competed as an individual, turned in a 34-over 250 for 89th.

The Wildcats will be back in action Oct. 15-17 when they travel to Norman, Okla., to compete in the Susie Maxwell Classic.

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