Two Jayhawks shoot career bests at Westbrook Invite
PEORIA, Ariz. – Chomchana Phuchanbanchob led Kansas on the leaderboard throughout the Westbrook Invitational en route to shooting a career-best 54-hole total (214) to finish 2-under and in a tie for 24th place.
Sophomore Xinyun Yu shot a career-low 1-under 71 in the final round at the Westbrook Invitational and also bested her career-low 54-hole total by 10 strokes to leave her 2-over (228) for the event. Yu finished tied for 42nd place.
“The bright spots for the final round and overall were Chomchana and Xinyun,” said head coach Erin O’Neil. “I’m so happy for both of them for accomplishing their personal bests so far. Both work hard on their games and are very coachable which are important qualities for any players to possess if they want to be successful day in and day out.”
As a team, the Jayhawks shot 14-over during the final round to finish in 14th place. However, the team shot their lowest 54-hole total (878) of the season.
“Overall, as a team I’m very disappointed in how we finished this tournament,” said O’Neil. “We are far too good to play like we did today.”
After finishing at even par following the first two rounds Sunday, junior Ariandna Fonseca Diaz could not duplicate similar success and shot 6-over in the final round leaving her in a tie for 59th for the event.
Victoria Chandra was 1-over following a 36-hole day one, but could not get into a groove Monday and finished 7-over in the final round. Chandra finished 8-over for the tournament and tied at 68th place.
As an individual, senior Kallie Gonzales finished 8-over in her spring season debut and also tied for 68th place.
Sophomore Yi-Tsen Chou, KU’s scoring leader heading into the event, had an uncharacteristic tournament finishing 15-over and in 80th.
“You’re going to have days where you have to find a way to adapt and make the swing you have for that day work and we didn’t really do that,” said O’Neil. “You have to be a player and fight to compete at all costs.”
The Jayhawks have some time to recover before their next tournament, the Briar’s Creek Invitational in John’s Island, South Carolina.
“We are coming off two events and we will have lots of stats to evaluate,” said O’Neil. “Fortunately, we have two and a half weeks to get some technical work in on all parts of our games before Briars Creek.”
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