KU women’s golf team to work on making decisions under pressure
- Sep. 18, 2012
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Kansas women’s golf finished 11th in the Dale McNamara invitational in Broken Arrow, Okla. at the Golf Club of Oklahoma.
The Jayhawks struggled in the final round with a total team score of 312.
“In the first two rounds, we had a lot of birdies,” coach Erin O’Neil said. “In the last round, we hit a lot of shots that got us in trouble and three putted more than I would like. It’s the culmination of those two things that caused us to drop.”
The course at the Golf Club of Oklahoma provided a solid stage for the tournament.
“It was a great course, a great challenge, but fair,” O’Neil said. “You definitely had to get off the tee well. If you didn’t do that, it had pretty long rough, so bogey was pretty likely, if not double if your short game was off.”
A pair of veterans led the way for the Jayhawks. Thanuttra Boonraksasat tied for 24th with a total three-round score of 223. Meghan Potee tied for 30th with a 226.
“They both did a good job of hanging in there when they had a few bad holes. I just think they, and the team, didn’t make their best decisions on the way in. It’s really what caused us to drop,” O’Neil said.
Yupaporn Kawinpakorn finished 40th with a three-round score of 229. Gabby DiMarco tied for 50th place with a 232, while Audrey Yowell completed the lineup tied for 59th with a 235.
The team will be working on making decisions in pressure situations in practice this week.
“We’re planning on playing Thursday and Friday to try to recreate pressure situations and some trouble shots,” O’Neil said. “Hopefully this will help show them that when they get in a little trouble, they should just get out of the situation rather than try to gain it all back in one shot.”
The Jayhawks advance to their home course at the Marilynn Smith Sunflower Invitational next Monday at Alvamar Country Club.
“We were a different team in that first round than we were all of last year. I know we didn’t finish up like we would’ve liked, but I am very encouraged by what I saw,” O’Neil said.
— Edited by Lauren Shelly