Jayhawks close out fall campaign at the Trinity Forest Invitational
DALLAS, Texas – Coming off three-consecutive top-five finishes, the Kansas women’s golf team looks to continue its hot streak as they play one final fall tournament before resuming play in the spring. The Jayhawks will play at the the par-72, 6,372-yard layout at the Trinity Forest Golf Club where they last competed at in the 2016-17 season. Junior Yi-Tsen Chou was the top finisher in that event (75, +3) while Ariadna Fonseca Diaz placed in the top-50.
“We’ve seen steady improvement throughout the fall,” head coach Erin O’Neil said. “As a group everyone has been open to learning new shots and to trying different strategies on the course which has translated to better, more consistent scores. This will be a completely different kind of golf than what we are used to playing as Trinity Forest is a links course. It’s more open off the tee, but it will require us to use a lot of bump-and-run type shots and to have good speed with our putts. It will be a great opportunity for us to compete on a top-level course with solid competition.”
KU is one of 12 teams competing in the tournament including host SMU, Dallas Baptist, Oregon State, Tennessee, K-State, UTSA, North Texas, Illinois, Kentucky, Colorado and Tennessee-Chattanooga.
The Jayhawks will utilize a lineup consisting of Yi-Tsen Chou, Ariadna Fonseca Diaz, Chomchana Phuchanbanchob, Pear Pooratanaopa and Annika Cedo to attack the course.
This will be Cedo’s third tournament overall of the fall season, but just the junior’s second as part of KU’s team lineup, previously competing as an individual in the Baker Fall Invite, Oct. 17-18, where she secured a first-place finish. Senior Fonseca Diaz recorded a 3-under 69 last time on the greens at the Palmetto Intercollegiate, capturing the fourth top-five finish of her career.
“We have had a much better start to our fall, finishing in the top-five in three-consecutive events,” O’Neil said. “It’s been very encouraging to see the growth and maturity from everyone who has competed. Our values as a team this year are to be coachable, passionate about our golf games and to be competitive. We have definitely seen those values coming through in everyone’s actions and I think it’s helped us rise up.”
The two-day Trinity Forest Invitational will consist of 54 holes, with 36 holes being played on Monday and the final round of 18 being played on Tuesday. There will be an 8 a.m., shotgun start to begin play on both days.
Live scoring for the event can be found here.
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