Meghan Potee Posts Career-Best Round at Edwin Watts/Palmetto Intercollegiate
Oct. 24, 2011
CHARLESTON, S.C. – Sophomore Meghan Potee led the Jayhawks to a tie for ninth place Monday with a career-low 5-under-par 67 in the final round of the Edwin Watts/Palmetto Intercollegiate. Potee played two consistent rounds of 3-over-par 75’s before knocking off eight strokes to finish 1-over-par for the tournament and tied for third marking her best finish as a Jayhawk.
Potee carded a 75 in the second round that was delayed until Monday morning and then turned right around and posted an eagle on the first hole of her third round. Starting on the par-5 fourth hole, Potee hit a strong drive to put her in position to hit the green in two.
“I hit a driver off the tee, then a 6-iron five feet from the hole and made the putt for an eagle,” Potee said. “I tried to focus really hard today because I played really well the last two days, carding several birdies. I had too many bogies to have a really low round so today I just wanted to eliminate the bogies and trouble holes and just play steady.”
Focusing on her round helped Potee eliminate the five bogies she had in the second round to finish the day with five birdies, two bogies and an eagle. A main component of Potee’s focus and determination came from the saying on her wrist.
“Today we had “one step at a time, SMILE” on our wrists,” Potee said. “It really helped me to stay happy, positive and keep fighting the whole day.”
Kansas pulled together for the final round to finish 1-under-par for the tournament with a three-day total of 912 (312-313-287). The Jayhawks shaved 26 strokes Monday and jumped five spots on the leader board. Head coach Erin O’Neil was very pleased with the Jayhawks’ final round.
“I’m very pleased with our final round,” Coach O’Neil said. “It is unfortunate that we couldn’t have played better our first two rounds but it was good to see the team play up to their true potential today. Hopefully we saw that things can turn around by merely having our heads in the right place. Meghan had a career best today with five birdies and an eagle and Audrey and Fhong had solid rounds as well.”
Sophomore Thanuttra (Fhong) Boonraksasat improved nine strokes in her final round with a 1-under-par 71 to finish the tournament tied for 47th and a three-day total 232. Junior Audrey Yowell also finished tied for 47th with a 1-over-par 73, improving her final round seven strokes while senior Katy Nugent improved six strokes from her second round 82 to finish with a 76 and tied for 58th. Freshman Nadia Luttner finished her first season as a Jayhawk in a tie for 77th with a final round 79 and three-day total 242.
The Jayhawks conclude their fall season with their third top-10 team finish and will begin the spring season at the UCF Challenge in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 12-14, 2012.
1. UNCG 293-290-292 – 875
2. Maryland 297-297-288 – 882
3. East Tennessee St. 304-299-281 – 884
4. Campbell 295-295-303 – 893
5. Morehead State 306-294-302 – 902
T9. Kansas 312-313-287 – 912
1. Fanny Cnops, UNCG 70-72-67 – 209
2. Gabriella Wahl, East Tennessee St. 71-73-69 – 213
T3. Meghan Potee 75-75-67 – 217
T3. Leigh Whittaker, College of Charleston 74-72-71 – 217
T3. Ana Lucia Martinez, UNCG 72-70-75 – 217
6. Gianna Misenhelter, Kansas State 75-70-73 – 218
Other Kansas Individuals
T47. T. Boonraksasat 81-80-71 – 232
T47. Audrey Yowell 79-80-73 – 232
T58. Katy Nugent 77-82-76 – 235
T77. Nadia Luttner 85-78-79 – 242