Jayhawks Finish Tied for 11th Place at Dale McNamara Invitational

Sept. 14, 2011

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Jayhawks Finish Tied for 11th Place at Dale McNamara Invitational

TULSA, Okla. –Freshman Nadia Luttner fired a two-over par 74 in the third and final round of the Dale McNamara Invitational to lead Kansas women’s golf to a tie for 11th place on Wednesday. Luttner finished tied for 19th with a three-day total of 224.

Head coach Erin O’Neil was very pleased with Luttner’s performance but knows everyone has some spots to focus on this week.

“I was pleased with freshman Nadia Luttner’s top 20 finish in her first collegiate event, said Coach O’Neil. “Overall, this week helped expose some areas of our players’ games that we will be focusing on in practice before our next tournament.”

Senior Katy Nugent tied for 39th with a 54-hole total of 231. Nugent shot a five-over 77 in the final round and thought the course was a great experience for a young KU team right out of the gate.

“The course was awesome,” said Nugent. “It was very intimidating visually, but fun to play. It was a good tournament for the freshmen to get their feet wet. I played really well at times but need to eliminate big numbers in order to score better.”

Coach O’Neil thought the young squad showed potential in their first tournament especially on a tough course.

“I know we can play much better than our scores reflected this week,” said Coach O’Neil. “It was a tough course to start on for a young squad. I am encouraged with some progress and potential shown at different points throughout the tournament.”

Although the Jayhawks didn’t finish as high as they hoped, Nugent believes they had positive rounds to build off of to get better.

“We fought back from some tough starts in the first two rounds and have positives to build from,” said Nugent. “We are a very young team and we are looking to get better each round.”

Jayhawk sophomore Thanuttra Boonraksasat tied for 45th with a three-day total of 233, while freshman Michelle Woods (245) and sophomore Meghan Potee (246) tied for 69th and 70th, respectively.

The Jayhawks will have a week off to practice before heading to Colbert Hills for the Marilynn Smith Sunflower Invitational in Manhattan, Kan., September 26-27. Kansas hosted and won the event last year.

“Colbert Hills will be another tough test,” said O’Neil. “I will be looking forward to the seeing the progress from the work the players will be putting in the next week and a half. I hope to see more consistency for the squad overall in Manhattan.”

Team Results

1. Oklahoma State 294-299-275–868

2. Arizona State 280-292-301–873

3. Northwestern 303-291-289–883

4. Iowa State 300-298-290–888

5. Tulsa 300-302-299–901

6. Oral Roberts 304-296-305–905

7. Kansas State 311-298-301–910

8. Longwood 302-300-309–911

9. Middle Tennessee 298-306-309–913

10. UCF 308-295-313–916

T11. Arkansas-Little Rock 309-307-311–927

T11. Kansas 313-304-310–927

13. Missouri 320-306-306–932

14. Arkansas State 315-300-323–938

15. Southern Mississippi 314-316-320–950

Individual Results

1. Giulia Molinaro Arizona State 67-69-74–210

2. Jayde Panos Oklahoma State 78-72-64–214

3. Kristina Merkle Tulsa 77-70-68–215

T4. Justine Lee Arizona State 70-74-75–219

T4. Devon Brown Northwestern 75-70-74–219

Kansas Individuals

T19. Nadia Luttner 74-76-74–224

T39. Katy Nugent 79-75-77–231

T45. Thanuttra Boonraksasat 81-75-77–233

69. Michelle Woods 85-78-82–245

70. Meghan Potee 79-84-83–246