Tadokoro leads Kansas to seventh place finish in Lady Paladin Invitational
GREENVILLE, S. C. – On a day where things weren’t going the Jayhawks’ way, junior Sera Tadokoro powered the Kansas women’s golf team with a fourth place finish and led the team to seventh place at the Lady Paladin Invitational in Greenville, South Carolina.
Tadokoro began the day just how she ended the day before, shooting even and carding three birdies while sitting in first place during the front-nine. Her momentum was halted in the back-nine due to a pair of bogeys, but she finished strong and placed in a tie for fourth, which is her highest finish in a tournament this season.
"Sera had a great event this week and is so very close to getting her first tournament win. She’s hitting the ball great and is able to put herself in a position to score consistently. "Erin O'Neil, Head Coach
Sophomore Pear Pooratanaopa continued shooting consistently, carding a score of 2-over par (74), but a handful of bogeys halted her from advancing in the leaderboard where she finished in a tie for 17th.
After shooting 3-over (75) the first two days of the tournament and finishing just outside the Top-20 coming into the third day, junior Aristelle Acuff struggled in the final round. Acuff got out of rhythm and shot three double bogeys to finish in 55th place.
The struggles continued for senior Yi-Tsen Chou and freshman Ying-Ting Hsieh as the pair finished in 67th and 72nd place, respectively.
Sophomore Abby Glynn competed as an individual and finished in 68th place with a final score of 5-over par (79) on the final day of play.
Kansas entered day three in fifth place positioning but ultimately fell to seventh due to struggles with consistency in the lineup.
"The biggest takeaway is that we really have to make our putting and short game better. We had too many three putts and didn’t get a lot of easy chips up and down that were just a step or two off the green. That’s giving shots away to the field and keeping us from reaching our goals. "Erin O'Neil, Head Coach
Kansas will take a two-week break and return to action on October 13-15 at the Palmetto Intercollegiate in Kiawah Island, South Carolina.