Jayhawks in third after day two at Marilynn Smith Invitational
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Due to lightning in the area, the start of day two was delayed four hours to a noon shotgun start. The rain was no match for Kansas though as the Jayhawks finished round two 4-over, shooting a season-best 292 for the day. Kansas climbed up the leaderboard and now sits in third place. Four of the five Jayhawks in the lineup at the Marilynn Smith Invitational shot an impressive 1-over for the day.
“The rain softened the fairways and greens which made the course more scoreable,” said head coach Erin O’Neil. “It was definitely encouraging that we were able to make good adjustments and improve our mental game for the course.”
Sophomore Yi-Tsen Chou, is still clinging to fifth place after round two. Chou started strong with a birdie on hole No. 15, her fourth hole of the round, and hole No. 18, her seventh of the round. After carding a bogie on No. 1 she rebounded with another birdie on No. 4. Chou finished her last seven holes with three bogies to finish 1-over for the day.
Pitsinee Winyarat had a consistent day for the Jayhawks also shooting 1-over after carding a birdie on No. 18 and bogies on holes No. 4 and No. 14. Winyarat is in a tie for 10th place.
Ariadna Fonseca Diaz is in a tie for 13th after shooting 1-over. Diaz moved up nine spots on the leaderboard after an impressive round. Diaz fired back-to-back birdies on No. 15 and No. 16 but was slowed by a bogie on No. 17 and back-to-back bogies on No. 2 and No. 3.
Sera Tadokoro is tied for 25th after also shooting 1-over. Followed by Chomchana Phuchanbanchob who shot 2-over for the round and sits in a tie for 39th. Representing Kansas as individuals are Victoria Chandra and Kallie Gonzales. Chandra shot 8-over for the day but is in a tie with Tadokoro for 25th and Gonzales sits in 33rd after shooting 7-over or the day.
“(Tuesday) is a new day,” said O’Neil. “We need to come out and handle whatever comes our way.”
The final round of the Marilynn Smith Invitational concludes Tuesday with an 8:00 a.m., start time. The Jayhawks enter the final day three strokes out of second place behind Rutgers and 16 off the lead.
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