Jayhawks travel to South Carolina for Lady Paladin Invitational
GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Kansas women’s golf team returns to action this weekend for its second tournament of the season, traveling to the Lady Paladin Invitational in Greenville, South Carolina. The three-day, 54-hole tournament runs September 22-24th at the par-72, 6,278-yard Furman University Golf Course. This marks the first time the Jayhawks have returned to the course since the 2014-15 season, where they placed 5th in the tournament.
“It should be a good course for us and a good challenge,” head coach Erin O’Neil said. “It’s bermuda grass and has quick greens and tree lines so we’ll have to hit it straight and putt it well. It should be a good opportunity for us to play against some goods teams on a great course.”
On Friday and Saturday, the 15-team field begins action at 9 a.m. off the #1 and #10 tees. Sunday is a shotgun start beginning at 9 a.m., respectively.
This event marks another with a highly competitive field including nationally-ranked host Furman (No.8). Other teams include Augusta, Daytona State, FGCU, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, James Madison, Kennesaw State, Memphis, North Florida, Old Dominion, Tulsa, Coastal Carolina and South Florida. Rounding out the field are Big 12 foes Texas Tech and Kansas State
The Jayhawks will utilize a similar lineup from their season-opening tournament: Yi-Tsen Chou, Sera Tadokoro, Phisitkhwan “Pear” Pooratanaopa, Ariadna Fonseca Diaz, Lauren Heinlein, Chomchana Phuchanbanchob and Abby Glynn. Freshman Abby Glynn will see her first collegiate action as she competes as an individual along with Chomchana. Senior Ariadna Fonseca Diaz, who led the team in scoring average in the 2016-17 season, will also see her first action of the season and looks to add balance to the lineup.
Last week, the Jayhawks placed eighth in the Minnesota Invitational thanks to a balanced lineup and great performances on the second day of play.
“It was nice to see a low round and it good to see Lauren Heinlein bounce back and finish well for us with an even par,” O’Neil said. “That was good to see on a tough day since it was real windy. There were lots of encouraging things, but we’re a young group so we’re mixing it up and trying a different lineup to see how that goes.”
Live scoring will be available on www.BirdieFire.com at https://www.birdiefire.com/tournament/52394/. Results will also be posted on the Furman Athletics Web Site (www.FurmanPaladins.com) as soon as possible at the conclusion of each round.
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