Three Jayhawks in top 10 heading into final round at the Palmetto Intercollegiate
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – Teeing off of the no. 10 hole, junior Sera Tadokoro showed resilience Tuesday on day two of the Palmetto Intercollegiate, which seemed to rub off on the rest of the team as three Jayhawks finished the second round of play in the top-10, helping the team collectively shoot a 3-over 291 to maintain their second place standing behind College of Charleston. Tadokoro, who sat tied for 11th on day one, shot a 2-under 70 on the second day of action, including six birdies. She heads into the final round at 1-under 143 and sits in a tie for 3rd place, up eight spots from the opening round.
College of Charleston sophomore Clarissa von Stosch leads the field with a two-day 5-under 139 as the Jayhawks have a two score of 8-over 584 which is nine strokes behind Stosch’s leading squad.
Senior Chomchana Phuchanbanchob was active off the tee as she shot 1-over on the back nine and continued with consecutive birdies on holes no. 5 and 6 for a 1-under effort after the turn. She shot an even 72 in the second round, once again carding another even par round on the season. That makes a two-round 144 which is good for a tie for 5th place.
Senior Ariadna Fonseca Diaz started the day off with consecutive birdies on her first two holes, but followed up with two bogeys just before making the turn to the front nine. She quickly regrouped from there as she hit for par on her last seven holes and finished tied for 7th, still remaining in the top-10 with a two-day score of 1-over 145.
Junior Yi-Tsen Chou shot for par on the back nine and finished the day with only a bogey and double bogey on her record. She shot 3-over 75 and sits in a tie for 35th place, moving up seven spots from Sunday’s first round of play.
Freshman Pear Pooratanaopa improved seven strokes from her opening score and moved up 11 spots, shooting a 3-over 75 including two birdies and an even par effort on the back nine. She sits in a tie for 62nd place.
- Sera Tadokoro is leading the 93-person field with nine birdies.
- Tadokoro has never finished in the top-five, but she has recorded two top-10 finishes in her career, with one coming at the Lady Paladin Invitational Sept. 21-23.
- If KU stays within the top-five, it will mark their third top-five finish of the year.
Head coach Erin O’Neil on Tadokoro’s performance on day two:
“Sera is hitting the ball well and she was able to give herself lots of looks at birdies today. If she stays patient, she has the ability to take it lower.”
On how the seniors have played this tournament:
“Our seniors have been very steady for us and stayed strong out there again today.”
On how to move into 1st place in the final round:
“The goal tomorrow is to focus on playing the course and not get caught up on going head to head with the other teams. It’s a tight race in the top five so we will have to stay committed to our process and to what is in our control.”
The Jayhawks tee off for the final round of the Palmetto Intercollegiate Tuesday at 9 a.m.
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