Kansas travels to South Carolina for Lady Paladin Invitational
LAWRENCE, Kan. – The Kansas women’s golf team is back on the road this weekend when it competes in the Lady Paladin Invitational in Greenville, South Carolina on Sept. 27-29.
Furman will host the three-day, 54-hole tournament at the Furman University Golf Course.
Kansas faces a field of 15 tough opponents, including the top-ranked team in the nation, Wake Forest. The other teams consist of Coastal Carolina, Daytona State, No. 18-ranked Furman, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, JMU, North Florida, ODU, Richmond, South Florida, Southern Mississippi, Toledo, Tulsa, and UNC-Wilmington.
“It will be nice to play 18 holes each day rather than 36 the first day which is much more challenging, both mentally and physically,” said head coach Erin O’Neil. “We will be able to have time in between rounds to practice and regroup before the next round as well as make adjustments to our course management plan.”
The Jayhawks look to build off of their Top-5 finish at the Sunflower Invitational (Sept. 15-16) and will utilize a new lineup led by upperclassmen.
“We switched the lineup a little since this course favors a long hitter and that is definitely a strength of Aristelle’s,” O’Neil said. “Her length will give her lots of wedge opportunities into tricky and firm greens.”
Junior Sera Tadokoro is in the leadoff spot for the first time this season after a Top-10 finish at the Sunflower Invitational where she placed sixth.
Sophomore Pear Pooratanaopa, senior Yi-Tsen Chou and freshman Ying-Ting Hsieh make up the middle of the lineup for Kansas while junior Aristelle Acuff and sophomore Abby Glynn round out the group.
"The most important thing for us to do this weekend is be disciplined in our decisions and be 100% committed to those choices. If we do that, then we should take anything over bogey out of the equation and give ourselves a lot of good looks at pars and birdies."Erin O'Neil, Head Coach
The Lady Paladin Invitational is slated to begin with 8 a.m. (CT) tee times off of No. 1 and No. 10 tees on Friday and Saturday. Sunday is a shotgun start beginning at 8 a.m. (CT).
Fans can follow along throughout the tournament on the KU women’s golf social channels and via GolfStat.