KU’s Kawinpakorn takes golf crown

Saturday, April 2, 2016

— A year after losing the individual medal in a playoff, Kansas University senior golfer Yupaporn Kawinpakorn left no doubt at the DAC/SMU Invitational.

Kawinpakorn handily beat the 84-golfer field by five strokes on Saturday and set the school record with a 54-hole total of 210. She held the old record of 211 (6-under par), set during the 2014 Big 12 Championships.

“Mook (Kawinpakorn) fought hard today to get another win. We are so proud of her,” KU coach Erin O’Neil said. “The (Dallas Athletic Club) sets up well for Mook, and she feels very comfortable on the greens. Getting a win here is a great confidence-boost going into the end of our spring season.”

It was Kawinpakorn’s fifth career individual title. She trails only seven-time winner Holly Reynolds for most in program history.

As a team, KU tied for seventh with 908 (44-over). Oklahoma State won the team title with 868.

Kansas’ Pornvipa Sakdee tied for 35th at 229; Ariadna Fonseca Diaz tied for 52nd at 232; Victoria Chandra tied for 68th at 238; and Laine Evans was 84th with 257.

KU will play April 8-9 at the Texas Tech Invitational.