Grace Thiry claimed medalist honors and teammate Katy Nugent finished as the individual runner-up and they led the Kansas University women’s golf team to the title of the Marilynn Smith Sunflower Women’s Golf Invitational Tuesday at Alvamar Public Golf Course.
Thiry posted three straight one-over par rounds of 73, while Nugent bounced back from an opening-round 79 to fire a 69 and a 72 to finish one shot behind her teammate. Meghna Bal tied for sixth place as the Jayhawks produced three top-10 finishers for the first time since the 2009 Duramed Collegiate, when four Jayhawks were in the top 10.
The Jayhawks won a team title for the first time since claiming that Duramed Collegiate in 2009. Thiry’s individual championship was the first by a Jayhawk since that same tournament when Meghan Gockel claimed medalist honors.
Kansas shot a 903 team total to defeat runner-up Arkansas-Little Rock by 10 strokes. Kansas State was third at 916, followed by first-round leader Nebraska at 918 and Oral Roberts at 929 in the 12-team tournament.