Chou, Jayhawks both fifth after day one of Marilynn Smith Invite

Marilynn Smith Invitational
Colbert Hills | Manhattan, Kan.
Par-72 | 6,235 yards
Pitsinee Winyarat watches her approach. 
Results After 1 Round
Place Team Score
1 Kansas State 287 (-1)
2 Tulsa 299 (+11)
3 North Texas 303 (+15)
4 Arkansas State 306 (+18)
5 Kansas 307 (+19)
T6 Rutgers 309 (+21)
Little Rock 309 (+21)
8 Georgia Southern 310 (+22)
9 Central Arkansas 316 (+28)
Individual Leaderboard (Top 5)
Place Name Team Score
1 Connie Jaffrey KSU 66 (-6)
2 Chloe Weir KSU 71 (-1)
T3 Reid Issac KSU 72 (E)
Ella Adams KSU 72 (E)
5 Five tied
Kansas Leaderboard
Place Name Score
T5 Yi-Tsen Chou 73 (+1)
10 Victoria Chandra (I) 74 (+2)
T14 Pitsinee Winyarat 76 (+4)
T22 Ariadna Fonseca Diaz 77 (+5)
T22 Kallie Gonzales (I) 77 (+5)
43 Sera Tadokoro 81 (+9)
T46 Chomchana Phuchanbanchob 84 (+12)


Round Two Tee Times
Name Tee Time
Chomchana Phuchanbanchob 8 a.m. (1)
Sera Tadokoro 8:10 a.m. (1)
Ariadna Fonseca Diaz 8:20 a.m. (1)
Pitsinee Winyarat 8:30 a.m. (1)
Yi-Tsen Chou 8:40 a.m. (1)
Kallie Gonzales 8:41 a.m. (10)
Victoria Chandra 9:07 a.m. (10)

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas sophomore Yi-Tsen Chou used an eagle and four birdies on her front nine to pace the Kansas women’s golf on the first day of the Marilynn Smith Invitational Sunday at Colbert Hills.  Chou finished her round at 1-over is tied for 5th, while KU is also in fifth only eight strokes out of second.
Chou birdied her first two holes of the day, before erasing that progress with a double bogey on No. 13, her fourth hole of the round. She bounced right back with an eagle on the par-4 No. 14 and then followed with birdies on No. 16 and No. 18 to complete her front nine at 4-under. On the eagle, Chou dropped in a shot with her pitching wedge from 105 yards out. After making the turn, Chou bogeyed five of her last six holes to card a 1-over on the day.
Junior Victoria Chandra, playing as an individual in her first event of the season, notched the second-best round by a Jayhawk on the day. Chandra was 3-over after the front nine, but collected three birdies on the back to end the round with a 2-over 74 and is in 10th place.
“We gave most of our shots away around the greens (Sunday), especially our last four holes,” said head coach Erin O’Neil. “We also tried to force some things to happen rather than playing for par, or bogey, at worse, if we got into trouble.”
Senior Pitsinee Winyarat, who was KU’s top performer last weekend at the Minnesota Invitational, completed the course at 4-over with a 76.  Winyarat shot even par on the day with the exception of bogeys on No. 14, No. 6, No. 8 and No. 9.
Ariadna Fonseca Diaz and Kallie Gonzales are knotted for 22nd after each posting a 5-over 77.  The KU tandem were also the only Jayhawks to score a birdie on the front nine during Sunday’s round.  Fonseca Diaz was 1-under after two holes, but back-to-back double bogeys slowed her down.  She added three more bogeys and much needed birdie on No. 8.  Gonzales, playing as an individual, was shooting even par until back-to-back bogeys on holes No. 6 and No. 7. She played the back nine at 3-over.
Winding out the Jayhawk scoring were freshman Sera Tadokoro and junior Chomchana Phuchanbanchob. Tadokoro will enter day two in 43rd with a 9-over 81, while Phuchanbanchob is tied for 46th with an 84.
“There’s lots of golf left to play and plenty of time to make up some ground,” said O’Neil.
Phuchanbanchob will be the first Jayhawk on the course Monday, as she tees off at 8 a.m.  Live scoring is available at




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