Fonseca Diaz and Winyarat lead Kansas through Day 1 of Palmetto Intercollegiate
KIWAH ISLAND, S.C. – Junior Ariadna Fonseca Diaz and senior Pitsinee Winyarat led Kansas through day one of the Palmetto Intercollegiate both posted a 5-over for the round and sitting in a tie for 33rd.
Diaz shot consistently for the Jayhawks carding three bogies on holes No. 1, 3 and 6 leaving her 3-over on the front nine. Diaz then recorded two bogies on No. 12 and 16 leaving her 5-over in round one.
“Ariadna had a better day striking the ball but just didn’t have any birdies to offset the bogies,” said O’Neil. “She’s in a good place mentally and if she sticks to her game plan of keeping it simple rather than overthinking, the good numbers will certainly come.”
Pitsinee Winyarat has seen some success early this season with a top-5 finish at the Marilynn Smith Invitational and a top-10 finish at the Chip-N-Club Invitational. Winyarat carded a bogie on hole No. 12, her second of the day but recovered with a birdie on No. 16. Winyarat ended the back nine with a double bogie on No. 17 and a bogie on No. 18 leaving her 3-over. Winyarat started the front nine strong with a birdie on No. 2, her 11th hole of the day. However, shot a double bogie on No. 3 and a bogie on No. 4. Winyarat bounced back with a birdie on hole No. 8 leaving her 5-over for day one.
“Pitsinee hit the ball well today overall and really just had two double bogies that got her,” said O’Neil. “Her round honestly came down to around the green and chipping. She got some good practice in after the round and I think she will feel more comfortable going into the next round.”
Sophomore Yi-Tsen Chou posted a 7-over for the round and sits in tie for 59th, followed by freshman Sera Tadokoro who finished 8-over and is currently in a tie for 66th place. Lastly, junior Victoria Chandra carded a 9-over for the event and sits in a tie for 70th.
“This course is narrow and can get in your head if you let it,” said head coach Erin O’Neil. “Playing with fear is never a recipe for success.”
As a team, Kansas shot 25-over (313) and sits in 15th place after round one.
“Moving forward we need to focus on taking care of the things in our control and commit 100 percent to our decisions on each shot,” said O’Neil. “There is a strong likelihood of thunderstorms most of the day tomorrow but hopefully we will be able to get the second round in and move up the leaderboard.”
Round two play will begin Monday with a 9 a.m. shotgun start.
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