Jayhawks improve 13 strokes to finish in 11th place at Moon Golf Invitational
MELBOURNE, Fla. – On the final day of the Moon Golf Invitational, the Kansas women’s golf team carded 14 birdies, with all five players shooting even par or better to help the Jayhawks finish in 11th place after shooting a 286 (-2). The Jayhawks finished the 54-hole event firing an 880 (+16) over three rounds.
The Jayhawks moved up three spots from Monday’s leaderboard and improved 13 strokes thanks to the solid play of junior Sera Tadokoro, who led the Jayhawks over two days. The Osaka, Japan native shot 2-under on the front nine and played even par golf with three birdies in the final round. Tadokoro finished the tournament shooting 219 (+3) and tied for 37th place.
Senior Ariadna Fonseca Diaz moved up 12 spots from Monday’s action and improved five strokes to finish in 46th place. She carded four birdies and shot 71 (-1) for her best round of the tournament leading to a three-round combined score of 221 (+5).
Junior Yi-Tsen Chou registered four birdies of her own and shot her best round Tuesday as she also shot a 71 (-1) and finished 223 (+7) for the tournament.
Freshman Pear Pooratanaopa moved up eleven spots and also shot even par golf in the final round. She hit for par on 16 out of the 18 holes including a birdie to help her finish tied for 47th. She finishes the tournament shooting 222 (+6).
Senior Chomchana Phuchanbanchob improved seven strokes from yesterday’s second round to finish in 59th place. She recorded four birdies and shot 73 (+1) bringing her two-day score to 224 (+8).
Freshman Abby Glynn, playing as an individual, shot a 79 (+7) in the final round and finished in 79th.
UCF topped the leaderboard (849 -15), followed by No. 30 Louisville (858 -6) and No. 24 Oklahoma (859 -5).
Kansas Head Coach // Erin O’Neil
On improving from Monday’s play:
We were very pleased with how we played today. It was great to see all four in the line up shoot even par or better. Today was definitely more in line with how we are capable of performing-we made twice as many birdies in the final round compared to our 36 hole total the day before and we played our par 5’s under par.
On what needs to be improved going forward:
Moving forward we would like to see our chipping and putting improve and for us to be more resilient when things don’t go as we want during the round. We have do a better job of taking care of the small things in order to see the results we want and are more than capable of executing.
- Ariadna Fonseca Diaz’s final round of 71 is her fourth round this season shooting even par or better.
- Yi-Tsen Chou’s final round of 71 is her eighth round this season shooting even par or better.
- Sera Tadokoro carded eight birdies over two days.
- Kansas came into the last day of play shooting 594 (+18) over the first two rounds
- Kansas finished the tournament by shooting for par on 188 holes over two days which ranks second in the 16-team field.
The Jayhawks continue their spring portion of their schedule at the Briar’s Creek Invitational in John’s Island, S.C. The event will be held at the par-72, 6,101 Golf Club at Briar Creek on March 18-19.
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