Chandra leads KU after first round of Sugar Bowl Invitational
New Orleans, La. – Junior Victoria Chandra led Kansas through day one of the Sugar Bowl Invitational shooting 1-over for the round and sitting in a tie for 20th. The Jayhawks finished round one 14-over (302) as a team.
“Overall, we kept our heads in a good place mentally in regards to attitude and being more disciplined in decision making, “said head coach Erin O’Neil. “We had some big numbers on a few holes which is where we can improve going into Monday and Tuesday.”
Chandra played a consistent first round firing a birdie on hole No. 12, her third of the day. Followed by a bogie No. 13 leaving her even through the back nine. On the front nine, Chandra carded a bogie on No. 2, her 11th hole of the day, then managed to shoot even for the rest of the front nine leaving her 1-over in the first round.
“Victoria had a solid start (Sunday),” said O’Neil. “She played very steady and made lots of pars and only 2 bogies. It was great to see her be so consistent with all parts of her game.”
Senior Ariadna Fonseca Diaz and Junior Chomchana Phuchanbanchob concluded day one shooting 4-over and both sit in a tie for 46th.
Fonseca Diaz carded a birdie on No. 11, her second of the day. From there, Fonseca Diaz shot bogies on No. 13, 14, 15 and 18 leaving her 3-over on the back nine. Fonseca Diaz shot a consistent front nine carding a double-bogie on No. 4, her 13th of the day. She finished the round firing away for a birdie on No. 9.
Phuchanbanchob started the morning with a bogie on No. 10, her first hole of the day followed by a birdie on No. 13. She ended the back nine carding a double bogie on No. 15. Phuchanbanchob carded three birdies on the front nine but a bogie and triple bogie hindered her score leaving her 4-over.
Sophomore Yi-Tsen Chou is tied for 57th after shooting 5-over and Sophomore Xinyun Yu is in 88th after shooting 12-over.
“There’s still lots of golf left and we are only six shots from being in the top-10 which is very doable if we stay patient in our game plan,” said O’Neil. “Tomorrow the slate gets wiped clean in a sense and we have to go back to the work of playing smart golf and focus on what is in our control.”
Kansas looks to bounce back tomorrow and will tee off at 9 a.m.
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