RCW: Sport Spotlight 4.27 (Women's Golf)
Ari cards the first eagle of the season on hole No. 10.
This is the first eagle of the season for any Jayhawk!
— Kansas Women’s Golf (@KUWomensGolf) March 20, 2018
A post shared by Kansas Women’s Golf (@kuwomensgolf) on Mar 19, 2018 at 5:13pm PDT
After suffering an injury early in the spring season, Sera Tadokoro made her first tournament appearance for Kansas women’s golf on Monday at the Briar’s Creek Invitational in John’s Island, South Carolina. The freshman has had an impressive season to date competing in all of Kansas’ fall events and being the Jayhawks’ top finisher at the Palmetto Intercollegiate in October.
Tadokoro showed no signs of rust on Monday as she shot even (72) in both rounds one and two, leaving her even after day one. In the final round, Tadokoro shot 3-over and finished in a tie for 25th. Tadokoro has now been Kansas’ top finisher in two events this season.
“We are so very proud of Sera,” said head coach Erin O’Neil. “She worked very diligently to get healthy after being injured at the beginning of the semester. (Briar Creek) is a great course for Sera’s game.”
As a team, the Jayhawks ended day one 12-over and in seventh place going into the final round but struggled Tuesday. Kansas shot 22-over in round three and finished in a tie for 11th with host, College of Charleston.
“We are very disappointed in our play (Tuesday),” admitted O’Neil. “It was a completely different team that showed up for the most part. We didn’t take care of the things that were in our control. We have to do that if we want to be successful moving forward.”
The Jayhawks travel to Tucson, Arizona, next to compete in the Mountainview Collegiate March 23-25.