Kansas finishes 11th at the Sugar Bowl Invitational
New Orleans, La. – Chomchana Phuchanbanchob led Kansas through the final round of the Sugar Bowl Invitational shooting 1-over on Tuesday. As a team, the Jayhawks moved up two spots from Monday and finished 11th overall. Senior Ariadna Fonseca Diaz was the top finisher for Kansas shooting 5-over in the final round, 10-over in the tournament (226) and finished in a tie for 28th.
“It was a tougher (Tuesday) on the course with the wind and hole locations but we hung in there and moved up a couple spots,” said head coach Erin O’Neil. “Obviously, we want to finish higher than we did but we saw a lot of good things from everyone in the lineup over the last three rounds.”
Phuchanbanchob started the round carding a birdie on No. 16, her third of the day. Followed by, another birdie on No. 3 but a bogie on No. 4, 5 and 7 kept her from lower numbers. Phuchanbanchob finished tied for 50th and shot 15-over (231) for the tournament.
“Cake had a very good round for us today and we are extremely pleased with the progress she has made with both her full swing and her mental game,” said O’Neil. “She started making a swing change last year at this time which is very difficult to do during competition and she is finally reaping the reward of all her hard work. Overall, she hit the ball great and did a good job of managing her reactions to any bad breaks that may happen from the wind, golf course, etc. We are hopeful she will continue to shine throughout the rest of the spring season.”
Yi-Tsen Chou and Victoria Chandra also shot 5-over for the round. Chou finished in a tie for 32nd. Victoria Chandra finished in a tie for 58th. In her first tournament of the season, Xinyun Yu finished in a tie for 86th.
“We don’t have much time before we leave for our next tournament so we will focus as much as we can on our short game especially putting and wedge play,” said O’Neil.
Kansas will resume play next week on February 25 in Peoria, Az. at the Westbrook Invitational.
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