Kansas State senior women’s golfer Niamh McSherry posted a top-five finish Monday at the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational.
It just wasn’t the finish she was hoping for.
McSherry entered Monday’s final round in the lead after shooting 7-under par 137 over the opening two rounds.
That included a 6-under par 66 in the first round, which was the best score of her career — and tied for the fourth lowest in the Wildcats’ history.
But she struggled Monday, carding a 6-over par 78 to fall from first to a tie for fifth at the University of New Mexico’s championship course in Albuquerque, N.M.
Grand Canyon’s Carly Strole earned medalist honors, shooting a 3-under 69 Monday to finish at 8-under for the tournament, three strokes clear of Denver’s Camilee Enright.
McSherry wasn’t the only Wildcat who had issues Monday, however.
Haley Vargas had the team’s best score in the final round, with a 1-over 73.
McSherry’s 78 was the second-best score. Next in line were Reid Isaac and Napua Glossner, who both shot 79s. Heather Fortshniak ended at 9-over 81.
The Wildcats placed eighth in the 11-team event at 25-over par.
"I know they have been working hard and really wanted it today," head coach Kristi Knight said. "They put themselves in a place to succeed and they wanted to play well, but we just had too many errant shots to put together a good team score.”
Denver placed first, as it finished at even-par 864, three shots ahead of runner-up Pepperdine.
The Wildcats return to action Sunday at the Big 12 Championship.
The conference tournament will be held at the Jack Nicklaus-designed club course at Carlton Woods in The Woodlands, Texas.
“After a day like today," Knight said, "the only thing to do is bounce back."