Lauren Heinlein and Aristelle Acuff shot under par in their third rounds to lead the Kansas women’s golf team to a seventh-place finish at the Clemson Invitational Sunday morning. Due to heavy thunderstorms, only four holes remained in the third and final round played Sunday at The Reserve at Lake Keowee in Sunset, S.C.
In an 18-team field that consisted of 10 ranked teams, KU shot its best round (291, +3) in the third round of the event, and ultimately tied Purdue for seventh with a three-round score 888 (+24). Kent State won the event by shooting a 12-under 852, which was 10 shots ahead of runner-up Virginia Tech.
“I’m very pleased with how we played this week in a strong field,” KU head coach Erin O’Neil said in a team release. “We had plenty of challenges with weather delays and having to play back-to-back days of 27 holes, but everyone did a good job of managing their mental game through it all.”
KU showed balance in its three rounds at the Clemson Invitational with three different Jayhawks shooting low-round scores. Junior Sera Tadokoro paced KU in the opening round with a 73 (+1), while sophomore Abby Glynn was KU’s second round low at 71 (-1). Heinlein carded a 70 (-2) in the third round to lead the Jayhawks.
Acuff was never the low score for any of the three rounds, but she led the Jayhawks by finishing in a tie for 24th as an individual in the 92-golfer field. She posted a three-round score of 220 (+4) and her 71 on Sunday was a career-best round.
Kansas will next compete at the Houston Oaks Invitational on April 12-13 at the Golf Club of Houston.
KU results: T24. Aristelle Acuff +4; T39. Sera Tadokoro +7; T52. Abby Glynn +10; T52. Lauren Heinlein +10; T73. Hanna Hawks +15.