Isabella DiLisio, who won the 2013 PIAA Class AAA title as a junior at Mount St. Joseph, burst onto the college scene as a freshman at Notre Dame with several strong showings in the fall of 2015.
She faded a little in the spring portion of her freshman season and there was an inkling of some back issues.
Well, DiLisio appeared to be feeling pretty good during a double round Sunday at the Westbrook Spring Invitational in Peoria, Ariz. as she made 10 birdies in 36 holes to grab the individual lead by three shots.
DiLisio had seven birdies in an opening round of 4-under 68 over the 6,269-yard, par-72 Vistas Course at Westbrook Village Golf Club. She cooled off only slightly in the second round with three more birdies in a 2-under 70 for a 36-hole total of 6-under 138. The tournament concludes with 18 holes today.
Kansas, No. 105 in the latest Golfstat rankings, grabbed the team lead after two rounds. The Jayhawks fired an opening round of 8-under 280 and followed it up with an 8-over 296 for an even-par 576 total. That left them two shots ahead of cross-state rival Kansas State, ranked 47th, which had rounds of 290 and 288 for a 2-over 578 total.
A couple of Big Ten powers, No. 29 Illinois and No. 28 Ohio State, are third and fourth, respectively. The Illini are four back of Kansas at 4-over 580 after rounds of 288 and 292. The Buckeyes, reigning Big Ten co-champions, are another two shots behind Illinois at 6-over 582 after rounds of 295 and a 1-under 287, the best team score of the afternoon round.
No. 67 New Mexico State rounds out the top five at 9-over 585 after rounds of 286 and 299.
DiLisio and the No. 66 Irish are in seventh place at 11-over 587 after rounds of 292 and 295. Host Wisconsin, ranked 38th, is tied for eighth with No. 63 Oregon State at 15-over 591.
Kansas was led by Chomchana Phuchanbanchob, a sophomore from Thailand who is one of four players tied for second, three shots behind DiLisio at 3-under 141. Phuchanbanchob, making her debut with the Jayhawks, matched DiLisio’s opening-round 68 and came back with a 1-over 73 in the afternoon.
Also for the Jayhawks, Ariadna Fonseca Diaz, a sophomore from Venezuela, is tied for 11th at even-par 144 after a second-round 69. Victoria Chandra, a sophomore from Bali, had the low round of the morning, a 5-under 67 that was matched by New Mexico State’s Kristen Cline, a senior from Socorro, N.M. Chandra slipped to a 79 in the afternoon and is tied for 18th at 2-over 146.
Yi-Tsen Chou, a freshman from Taiwan, is tied for 47th at 7-over 151. She opened with a sparkling 2-under 70. Pitsinee Winyarat, a junior from Thailand, picked up the team with an afternoon 75 and is tied for 63rd at 155.
Sharing second place with Phuchanbanchob at 3-under 141 are Wisconsin’s Gabby Curtis, a junior from Altoona, Wis. who was competing as an individual, Kansas State’s Madison Talley, a senior from Clarksville, Ark., and Nebraska’s Audrey Judd, a junior from Olathe, Kan. Curtis opened with a 69 and matched par in the afternoon with a 72, Talley had rounds of 71 and 70 and Judd, after opening with a 72, had one of just three sub-70 rounds in the afternoon with a 3-under 69.
DiLisio’s fellow sophomore Emma Albrecht, of Ormond Beach, Fla., is tied for 27th for the Irish at 3-over 147 after rounds of 73 and 74. Mia Ayer, a freshman from Waco, Texas, is tied for 41st at 6-over 150 after a second-round 74. Jordan Ferreira, a senior from University Place, Wash., is tied for 50th at 8-over 152. DiLisio’s former Mount St. Joe teammate Alison Snakard, a junior, is 71st at 158. And competing as an individual for Notre Dame, Kari Belville, a junior from Granger, Ind., is tied for 75th at 164.