Kansas Women’s Golf Moves Up Two Spots in Final Round of Wildcat Invitational
TUCSON, Ariz. – The Kansas women’s golf team shot a 295 (+7) Tuesday in the final round of the Arizona Wildcat Invitational, a nine-stroke improvement over its second round score of 304. This was the third-highest improvement between rounds two and three in the 15-team field. KU was able to jump up two spots to 12th place with its better play in the third round, ending with a score of 900 (+36). Host Arizona captured the team title, shooting 857 (-7).
“We did a much better job with course management today and scores definitely improved because of it,” said 12th-year KU head coach Erin O’Neil.
Senior Yupaporn Kawinpakorn led KU with her three-round score of 222 (+6). She tied for 25th, eight strokes behind individual medalist Krystal Quihuis of Arizona. This was the first in 10 tournaments where Kawinpakorn did not finish in the top-10.
“Mook was a little out of sorts at the beginning of the day and had a tough start but was able to pull it together on the back nine,” said O’Neil.
KU freshman Ariadna Fonseca Diaz finished one stroke behind Kawinpakorn by shooting 223 (+7) and placing tied for 30th. She had the sixth-most birdies in the tournament with 12. Junior Pornvipa Sakdee followed Fonseca Diaz with a score of 225 (+9) to tie for 37th. Sakdee shot the lone eagle for KU in Tucson. Both Fonseca and Sakdee shot 71 (-1) in the third round, the only rounds shot under par for KU in Tucson.
“Faii and Ari both had solid under-par rounds which was very encouraging to see the two of them step up and lead the way for us,” O’Neil said.
Freshman Victoria Chandra ended with a 230 (+14) to tie for 56th in her spring debut. Pitsinee Winyarat carded a 235 (+19) en route to placing 71st. Freshman Laine Evans, competing as an individual, finished 80th with a score of 247 (+31).
The Jayhawks will stay on the road and travel north to San Diego, where they will compete in the SDSU Farms Invitational. Match play will begin Monday, March 21 and end Wednesday, March 23.
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