Kansas women’s golf 2017-18 schedule released

LAWRENCE, Kan. -Kansas women’s golf head coach Erin O’Neil released the Jayhawks’ schedule for the 2017-18 season Wednesday. The season opens with the Minnesota Invitational on September 11-12th and marks the third-consecutive season the Jayhawks have competed in this event.

The Jayhawks return to compete in the annual Marilynn Smith Invitational at Colbert Hills in Manhattan after not competing last year due to construction at The Jayhawk Club. Kansas has won this event five times (2004, 2007, 2010, 2012 and 2013) under Erin O’Neil who enters her 14th season at KU.

“We are going to return to some of the same courses we played (last season),” O’Neil said. “It helps with the team’s confidence since we’re still on the younger side so I hope to see continued improvement throughout the season.”

KU will then travel to Lincoln, Nebraska for the Nebraska Invitational (Oct 1st-3rd) and will close out the fall with the Palmetto Invitational in Kiawah Island, South Carolina on Oct 22-24. The Jayhawks last won this event in 2012.

KU kicks off its spring competition with the Sugar Bowl Invitational hosted by Tulane. The Jayhawks then travel to Arizona for the Westbrook Invitational where they tied for second in last year’s event. The team is continuing the familiar theme including Briar’s Creek Invitational (March 19-20) and the Dale McNamara Invitational (April 9-10th).

“We added Tulane which is a really good field and a great golf course,” O’Neil said.  “The 2017-18 schedule is a good combination of tough fields and we have a chance to win a few.”

The 2018 Big 12 Championship will be held at the Dallas Athletic Club on April 20-22nd. Last year, Kansas placed seventh in the conference tournament. KU returns all of its roster from last year including leading scorer Ariadna Fonseca Diaz, who led with a 75.48 average, as a sophomore. Yi-Tsen Chou also returns where she led all newcomers with a 76.12 average as a freshman. Junior Pitsinee Winyarat ranked third on the squad with a 76.93 average.

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