RCW: Sport Spotlight 4.23 (Women's Golf)

Kansas finishes 11th at the Sugar Bowl Invitational.

Senior Ariadna Fonseca Diaz shot 5-over and finishes in 28th to lead #KUgolf

— Kansas Women’s Golf (@KUWomensGolf) February 20, 2018



It’s been Fun New Orleans. ???? Thanks @greenwavewgolf for hosting a great event! Good luck this spring! #KUgolf #NOLA

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Kansas women’s golf just competed in its first spring tournament at the Sugar Bowl Invitational in New Orleans, Louisiana, Feb. 18-20, where they placed 11th overall. The Jayhawks were led by senior Ariadna Fonseca Diaz who shot 10-over for the tournament and finished in 28th place.

Kansas faced tough competition in New Orleans against seven top-25 opponents but managed come out on top against No. 21 Denver and sat just eight strokes behind No. 22 Houston.

“Obviously, we want to finish higher than we did but we saw a lot of good things from everyone in the lineup over the last three rounds,” said head coach Erin O’Neil. “We are very encouraged by the fact that we beat teams ranked inside the top-25 and top-40, respectively. It was a great opportunity for us to see how close we are and that we are on the right track. Hopefully it gives us a confidence boost moving forward.”

The Jayhawks return to competition Sunday, February 25 in Peoria, Arizona, at the Westbrook Invitational, which consists of two days of play at the Westbrook Village Golf Club.

“We don’t have much time before we leave for our next tournament, so we will focus as much as we can on our short game, especially putting and wedge play,” said O’Neil.