Sophomore Sakdee in first; KU women’s golf third at Paladin

Monday, September 22, 2014

— Kansas University sophomore Pornvipa Sakdee shot a career-low 68 to take the individual lead, and the Jayhawks are in third in the team race after the first round of the Lady Paladin Invitational on Sunday at the par-72 Furman University Golf Course.

Furman leads at 286 and is followed by Wake Forest (288) and Kansas (289).

“I am very pleased with how we played today,” KU coach Erin O’Neil said. “We made lots of birdies and played very solid overall. However, we did give a few shots away on par-5s that we need to capitalize on in the remaining rounds.”

Sakdee, who won the Marilynn Smith Sunflower Invitational individual title earlier this month, recorded seven of KU’s 17 birdies Sunday and leads the 96-golfer field by one shot over Wake Forest’s Sierra Sims and Yale’s Jennifer Peng.

Her 68 was one shot better than her previous personal KU low of 69 shot last year in the final round of the Palmetto Intercollegiate.

“Faii (Sakdee) was in the zone making seven birdies during her round and is off to a great start,” O’Neil said. “Gabby (DiMarco) was close to under par as well and gave us another steady round.”

KU’s other scores: DiMarco, tied for 12th, 72; Minami Levonowich, tied for 24th, 74; Yupaporn Kawinpakorn, tied for 32nd, 75; Mackenzie Thayer, tied for 57th, 78; and Michelle Woods, tied for 89th, 84.

The second round is today.

The tournament will conclude Tuesday.