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Kansas University sophomore golfer Yupaporn Kawinpakorn smiles as the KU women’s golf team practices on the putting greens at Lawrence Country Club on Monday, May 5, 2014. The Jayhawks make their first trip to an NCAA Regional on Thursday in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

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KU women's golf stars from Thailand settled in, on and off the course

One of the best golfers in the history of the Kansas University women’s program was introduced to the sport as a youngster in Thailand. “My dad brought me to the golf course and he’d just leave me there. I had nothing to do so I just had to hit the golf ball,” said Yupaporn “Mook” Kawinpakorn, a sophomore all-Big 12 selection who takes an all-time KU-best seasonal stroke average of 74.41 into the NCAA Central Regional this weekend in Stillwater, Oklahoma. By Gary Bedore

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