Jayhawks conclude fall campaign with sixth-place finish at Trinity Forest Invitational
DALLAS, Texas. – Two Jayhawks finished in the top-20 as KU concluded it’s final event of the fall, the Trinity Forest Invitational. Kansas shot a collective 901 (+37) over three rounds and shot a 302 (+14) on Tuesday to close out the tournament.
Yi-Tsen Chou made impressive strides in the final round as she secured a 10th place individual finish, shooting a 2-under 70 on Tuesday with five birdies. Chou has shown her knack this fall for making her way up the leader board, with today being no exception as she moved up 25 spots to secure a spot in the top 10. She finished the tournament firing a 6-over 222, with her third under par round of the season coming on Tuesday.
After finishing the day tied for fifth on day one, senior Chomchana Phuchanbanchob shot a 2-under on the back nine Tuesday with three birdies. She shot a 6-over 78 on the day, and recorded a three-day total of 224 (+8). Her even par round of 72 on Monday was her fifth even par or better round of the season.
Freshman Pear Pooratanaopa shot her best round of the tournament, shooting a 1-over 73 and parring 13 holes on her way to a tie for 29th place.
Senior Ariadna Fonseca Diaz struggled in the final round as she carded a handful of bogies and double bogeys, shooting a 10-over 82 on the final day of action. She entered the final round in a tie for 12th place, but her untimely bogeys forced her down the leaderboard. She finished the tournament shooting a three-round 229 (+13).
Junior Annika Cedo shot her best round of the tournament on Tuesday, but was unable move up the leaderboard, finishing in 66th place.
Head coach Erin O’Neil
On the tournament overall:
“This week was a great learning opportunity for us since Trinity Forest requires a different kind of golf than most of our team has ever encountered. We had to adjust our strategy, learn new shots, be creative, and be resilient when things didn’t go our way. In the long run, it will definitely help us be more prepared for post season in the spring.”
On today’s finish:
“We were in position to finish in the top five, but unfortunately didn’t finish our last 4-5 holes very well. Scores were pretty low even though it was relatively windy, so we needed to stay strong and not give shots away down the stretch.”
On Yi-Tsen Chou’s play in the final round:
“Yi-Tsen had an awesome final round today. She did a good job of sticking to her game plan and staying patient throughout the round.”
- Today’s finish was Yi-Tsen Chou’s third top-10 finish of the season. She had five combined top-10 finishes heading into the season.
- Coming off three-consecutive top-five finishes, the Jayhawks came close to a fourth as they finished tied for sixth. KU hasn’t finished worse than 8th place all season.
- Ariadna Fonseca Diaz shot her first round above 77 of the season with a third-round 82.
The Jayhawks return to action for more golf in the spring, competing at the Moon Golf Invitational in Melbourne, Florida. The two-day event is hosted by the University of Louisville and will be held at the Duran Golf Club on Feb. 18-19
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