Minikahda Club gets best of young Jayhawks
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The course at The Minikahda Club proved again to be difficult for the Kansas women’s golf team Tuesday as the Jayhawks shot a collective 319 (+31) in the final round to finish the tournament in 11th place with an overall score of 928.
“We got into trouble off the tee and then didn’t make good decisions from there,” head coach Erin O’Neil said. “This course can turn into a double (bogey) pretty quick if you’re not careful when you are in trouble. We just didn’t make good decisions and have some work to do with our ball striking.”
Following a five-player tiebreaker, Furman won the tournament with Purdue finishing second, as both finished 18-over-par with an 882. With the title being awarded to a team 18-over, The Minikahda Club caused fits for the entire field over the two days.
“We tried to force some shots that we shouldn’t have forced. Instead of taking our medicine and playing for the bogey it just kind of snowballed into trying to get more (strokes) back each time,” O’Neil said.
After shooting a three-under 69 and standing in a tie for eighth entering the final round, junior Pitsinee “Lizzie” Winyarat scored a 10-over 82 on the final day to finish tied for 30th with a 228 (+12). She birdied 10 times at the tournament.
Junior Kallie Gonzales and sophomore Ariadna Fonseca Diaz both shot seven-over 79s to finish the tournament tied for 36 and 38th respectively. Gonzales finished the event with an overall score of 230 (+14). She had nine birdies in her first tournament of the year. Diaz’s overall score was a 231 (+15).
In their first tournament as members of the KU women’s golf team, Annika Cedo and Yi-Tsen Chou finished tied for 54th and 59th, respectively. Cedo shot a nine-over 81, with a final score of 239 (+23). Yi-Tsen Chou shot an 11-over 83, with an overall score of 249 (+33).
“I think our freshmen got an idea of what it is like and what we’re doing,” O’Neil said. “They had never, obviously, been in a college tournament before and they learned a lot about themselves as players that we can take back and implement into their practice.
“I think it was also good for Lizzie to shoot under par (on Monday). It’s good for her confidence to see that she can do that. Kallie and Ari each had good rounds in there too, so we are not far. We just need to keep working hard and get our minds in a better spot.”
Kentucky sophomore Isabelle Johansson and Haylee Harford, a sophomore from Furman, tied for first individually, both finishing at one-under par after three rounds with a 215.
The Jayhawks look to rebound when they travel to Norman, Oklahoma to compete in the Schooner Fall Invitational September 24-26.
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