Women's Golf Spring Preview
Feb. 6, 2012
LAWRENCE, Kan. – After nearly four months since their last tournament, the Kansas women’s golf team returns to action this spring with six events against some of the best golfers in the country. The Jayhawks will travel to three different cities in Florida and two in Arizona before returning to Lawrence to host the Big 12 Championship in late April.
Led by sophomores Thanuttra Boonraksasat, averaging 76.4 strokes per round, and Meghan Potee, averaging 76.7 strokes per round, the Jayhawks look to improve each tournament and to finish the season strong at the Big 12 Championship. Head coach Erin O’Neil is optimistic the team will continue to be competitive this spring.
“Our goal is to build off of what we learned in the fall and continue to shoot the numbers I know we are capable of shooting,” Coach O’Neil said.
Kansas opens the spring season in Orlando, Fla., where they will compete in the UCF Challenge February 12-14. The event, hosted by the University of Central Florida, will be held at Redtail Golf Club (Par 72, 7,152 yards). With unexpected nice weather the past couple of weeks, Kansas was able to get in some solid practice leading up to its first tournament. Coach O’Neil was very excited to have this opportunity.
“Fortunately, we have had some beautiful weather since we returned from break,” Coach O’Neil said. “We have been able to practice and play a lot which will hopefully translate into confidence on the course.”
After a two-week break, the Jayhawks will head to Weston, Fla., where they will compete in the Sir Pizza CARDS Challenge Feb. 27-28. Hosted by Louisville, the event will be played at Weston Hills Country Club (Par 72, 7,222 yards).
Head coach Erin O’Neil will then take the team to Rio Verde, Ariz., where they will compete in the 10th annual Rio Verde Collegiate Invitational March 9-11 at Quail Run Golf Course (Par 72, 6,602 yards).
The Jayhawks will return back to Arizona after spring break to compete in the 14th annual Mountain View Collegiate at Saddle Brooke Golf Course (Par 72, 6,221 yards) in Tucson, Ariz., March 23-24. The regular season will wrap up for Kansas at the Knights and Pirates Invitational in Melbourne, Fla., at Suntree Country Club (Par 72, 6,590 yards) April 9-10.
“We are excited to start the spring season this week,” Coach O’Neil said. “UCF’s tournament has a solid field and the course will be a good test for us. This is our first time playing in this event so it will be imperative that we learn as much as possible in the practice round so that we are prepared during the tournament.”
Kansas will get its first postseason test at the Big 12 Championship April 27-29 at Lawrence Country Club. This will be the first time the Jayhawks have hosted the Big 12 Championship since 1997 when it was played at Alvamar Country Club. Kansas will compete against Missouri and Texas A&M for the last time as those teams will join the SEC in 2012-2013. At last season’s Big 12 Championship, the Jayhawks finished 11th overall led by sophomore Thanuttra Boonraksasat who fired a 224 and tied for 23rd.