Fonseca Diaz shoots 1-under in final round of Big 12 Championship
DALLAS – Junior Ariadna Fonseca Diaz led the Kansas women’s golf team through the final round of the Big 12 Championship Sunday at the Dallas Athletic Club on the facility’s Blue Course.
Diaz started strong with a birdie putt on hole No. 2, followed by back-to-back birdies on No. 8 and 9 to put her 3-under through the front nine. On the back nine, Fonseca Diaz remained steady despite carding a single bogey on No. 11 as she remained even through five-straight holes before shooting another bogie on No. 17. Fonseca Diaz finished with a 1-under,71 and 26th overall in her third Big 12 Championship appearance.
“Ari was very relaxed and confident and it showed in her play,” said head coach Erin O’Neil. “She’s been working on simplifying her pre-shot routine and was able to commit to it fully throughout the round. She was the bright spot in our week and we are very proud of her efforts. Hopefully it gives her a confidence boost going into the summer and motivates her to keep building on what she’s learned.”
As a team, the Jayhawks shot 23-over (311) in the final round to finish ninth overall.
After shooting 1-over in round two, sophomore Yi-Tsen Chou struggled on the front nine at 6-over. Chou rebounded with back-to-back birdies on holes No. 12 and 13 to leave her 1-under on the back nine. Chou finished the final round 5-over and in 34th place.
In her first Big 12 Championship appearance, freshman Sera Tadokoro shot 7-over in the final round to finish in a tie for 41st place.
Chomchana Phuchanbanchob shot 11-over and finished in 44th place while Xinyun Yu shot 16-over and finished in 43rd.
Texas won the Big 12 Championship by shooting 5-over (293) in the final round and 16-over in the event.
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