Jayhawks wrap up fall season at Louisville Cardinal Cup
LOUISVILLE, Ken. – The Kansas women’s golf team has a quick turnaround and will finish its fall campaign at the Louisville Cardinal Cup in Louisville, Kentucky on Oct. 18-20.
The three-day tournament is hosted by Louisville and will take place at the University of Louisville Golf Club. The event will feature a field of 16 opponents, including: Ball State, Campbell, Chattanooga, East Carolina, Eastern Kentucky, Kentucky, Louisville, Mercer, Minnesota, Middle Tennessee State, Murray State, Richmond, South Dakota, Washington, Western Kentucky and Wisconsin.
“This course is very different from last week’s,” said head coach Erin O’Neil. “It has very different grass and layout. The greens will be the most challenging part of this weekend so short game and good speed on our putting will be very important. There are a few holes out there where you have to leave yourself in the right area off the tee otherwise it’s tough to make par.”
To be successful during the tournament, the Jayhawks will need to have confidence in their shots and be competitive with every stroke.
“Competing is a skill and hopefully by playing in back-to-back events we can find our competitive rhythm,” said O’Neil. “We had two solid rounds leading up to this week and should be able to build our confidence from there.”
Kansas will utilize a familiar lineup with junior Sera Tadokoro in the leadoff spot for the third-consecutive tournament. Tadokoro has been the Jayhawks’ most consistent and competitive player during the fall campaign, finishing in fourth and sixth place, respectively, in her last two tournaments.
Sophomore Pear Pooratanaopa, junior Aristelle Acuff and senior Yi-Tsen Chou represent the middle of the lineup. Pooratanaopa is coming off of her best performance of the fall at the Palmetto Intercollegiate where she just missed finishing in the top-20.
Freshman Ying-Ting Hsieh and sophomore Abby Glynn round out the lineup for the Jayhawks with Glynn competing as an individual for Kansas for the fourth time.
The Jayhawks will look to use their most efficient lineup and experience to end the fall campaign on a positive note in Louisville.
"This tournament is no different than any other. We have to focus on the process of each shot since that’s all that’s really in our control. We will also need to make decisions to play the high percentage shot instead of the one we can only execute four out of 10 times. If we do that, we will eliminate anything over bogey and make more pars, both of which will save a tremendous amount of strokes."Erin O'Neil, Head Coach
The Louisville Cardinal Cup is slated to begin with an 9 a.m. (CT) tee time on Friday and Saturday, and an 8 a.m. (CT) shotgun start on Sunday.
Fans can follow along throughout the tournament on the KU women’s golf social channels and via GolfStat.