Strong back nine helps Jayhawks stay in third heading into final round of Ron Moore Intercollegiate

Ron Moore Intercollegiate
Highlands Ranch Golf Club
| Denver, Colorado
Par-72 | 6,513 yards
Round 2 Results

Place Team Score
1 Colorado State 571 (-3)
2 UC Davis 582 (+6)
3 KANSAS 592 (+16)
T4 Denver 593 (+17)
T4 Ole Miss 593 (+17)
6 Tulsa 598 (+22)
7 Wyoming 599 (+23)
8 Washington State 601 (+25)
T9 Nevada 603 (+27)
T9 Minnesota 603 (+27)
T11 Northern Colorado 607 (+31)
T11 UTSA 607 (+31)
13 Idaho 612 (+36)
14 Cal Poly 615 (+39)
15 Central Arkansas 617 (+41)
16  Nebraska 620 (+44)
Individual Leaderboard (Top 5)
Place Name Team Score
T1 Samantha Hutchison UC Davis 142 (-2)
T1 Ellen Secor CSU 142 (-2)
3 Saga Traustadottir CSU 143 (-1)
4 Katrina Pendergrast CSU 144  (E)
T5 Victoria Gailey NEV 145 (+1)
T5 Beah Cruz UNCO 145  (+1)
Kansas Leaderboard
Place Name Score
T9 Yi-Tsen Chou 147 (+3)
T14 Ariadna Fonseca Diaz  148 (+4)
T24 Chomchana Phuchanbanchob 149 (+5)
T31 Pear Pooratanaopa 150 +6)
T45   Sera Tadokoro 153 (+9)
88 Aristelle Acuff* 166  (+22)
* Playing as an individual

DENVER, Colo. – The Kansas women’s golf team used a strong back nine to stay in the top five at the conclusion of day two of the Ron Moore Intercollegiate, finishing Saturday’s second round in third place (13-over 301). Kansas heads into the final round 16-over par, 19 strokes behind leader Colorado State. 

It was the final nine holes that helped the Jayhawks stay within striking distance of the leaders as they recorded eight birdies after the turn. 

Junior Yi-Tsen Chou led KU in scoring, shooting a 3-over-75, including an even performance on the back nine, which helped her secure a ninth place tie as play ended on day two. Sophomore Sera Tadokoro improved from round one as she stayed even through four holes, but went on to card four consecutive bogeys to put her at 4-over at the turn. She also recorded two birdies on holes no. 11 and 12 and finished even on the back nine to finish 4-over on the day. 
Senior Ariadna Fonseca Diaz couldn’t quite get a groove going early as she went 5-over on the front nine including four bogeys, but much like her KU teammates, she bounced back with three birdies after the turn to finish at 2-over on the round and a spot in the top 15 heading into the last day of action as she is tied for 14th. Fellow senior Chomchana Phuchanbanchob shot 1-under on the back nine with two birdies of her own to finish at 4-over for the day. 

Freshman Pear Pooratanaopa struggled to maintain her stellar play in the opening round as she fell to 31st place, shooting 6-over in Saturday’s second round. 

Representing the individual spot for Kansas, redshirt freshman Aristelle Acuff couldn’t move up the leaderboard as she finished the day in 88th place. 

Q: Were you encouraged on how the team played on the back nine?
ERIN O’NEIL: We had a tough start on the front nine, but we pulled it together and turned it around on the back nine. It really came down to getting our heads in the right place. The hole locations were very tricky and we put ourselves in some difficult situations starting out. I was pleased to see everyone keep fighting and play more up to our capabilities.

 Q. What needs to be done tomorrow to make a push past UC Davis and Colorado State?
ERIN O’NEIL: Tomorrow we have to do better on par fives and stay smart with our approach shots in general. The weather is supposed to be pretty cold, so par will be our friend and we don’t need to do anything fancy.


  • All Jayhawks except one went even par or better on the back nine
  • Ariadna Fonseca Diaz is tied for 14th place heading into the final round. The senior has finished 15th or higher five times in her career. 

Kansas will return to action on Sunday for the final round the Ron Moore Intercollegiate. Follow the live updates here




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