Sunday, April 10, 2016

Kawinpakorn claims golf title


— Kansas University senior women’s golfer Yupaporn Kawinpakorn added a couple of school records to her résumé Saturday.

Kawinpakorn won the Red Raider Invitational with a three-round scored of 7-under 209. That lowered her week-old school record for a 54-hole score and was her school-record fifth individual title of the season.

“It’s been surreal watching ‘Mook’ (Kawinpakorn) perform like she has. I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to coach her and to count her as part of our family. It’s not every day you have a student-athlete who has a true passion for golf, and for life in general, combined with a work ethic unlike any I’ve seen,” 12th-year KU coach Erin O’Neil said. “I truly believe the best is yet to come for her.”

Kawinpakorn held a 3-stroke lead heading into Saturday’s final round and held off runner-up Sarah Brown of Texas Tech by a stroke.

“I’m speechless. This is unbelievable,” Kawinpakorn said. “I’ve dreamed of winning tournaments, but I never thought it would be this many in one season. All of my hard work is paying off and it feels good.”

As a team, KU placed third with 881 strokes, trailing Texas Tech (867) and Purdue (880).

Kansas’ Pornvipa Sakdee tied for seventh at 218, Victoria Chandra tied for 40th at 228, Ariadna Fonseca was 46th at 230, Pitsinee Winyarat tied for 64th at 237, and Kallie Gonzales tied for 69th at 239.

KU will compete April 22-24 at the Big 12 Championships at Dominion Country Club in San Antonio.


David Kelley-Wood 6 years, 7 months ago

Despite the infrequent comments, I'm always impressed by Mook's accomplishments, and very proud to know that she's a Jayhawk!

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