Bermuda Blues: Kansas Women's Golf Struggles in First Day at Gainesville

SunTrust Gator Women’s Invite
Mark Bostick Golf Course | Gainesville, Fla.
Par-70 | 6,002 Yards
Kansas senior Yupaporn Kawinpakorn shot a 143 (+3) with the Folds of Honor Bag.
 Final Results
Place Team Score
1 Florida 569 (+9)
2 North Carolina State 579 (+19)
3 Oregon 580 (+20)
T4 SMU    581 (+21)
T4 Florida State 581 (+21)
T4 Ohio State 581 (+21)
7 Kent State 582 (+22)
8 Florida International 595 (+35)
9 South Florida 596 (+36)
10 UCF 598 (+38)
11 KANSAS 602 (+42)
12 Mississippi 614 (+54)
13 UTSA 616 (+56)
Individual Leaderboard (Top 5)
Place Name Team Score
1 Rachael Taylor NCSU 136 (-4)
2 Katja Pogacar OSU 139 (-1)
T3 Kim Metraux FSU 139 (-1)
T3 Maria Torres FU 139 (-1)
T3 Morgane Metraux FSU 139 (-1)
Kansas Leaderboard
Place Name Score
T8 Yupaporn Kawinpakorn 143 (+3)
T29 Pornvipa Sakdee 149 (+9)
T37 Ariadna Fonseca Diaz 150 (+10)
74 Laine Evans 163 (+23)
75 Lizzie Winyarat 166 (+26)

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The unforgiving playing surface adorning the 6,002-yard, par-70 Mark Bostick Golf Course in Gainesville proved to be a source of struggle for the Kansas women’s golf team which sits 11th in the 13-team SunTrust Gator Women’s Invitational field.
 
“The biggest challenge (today) has been adjusting to the Bermuda grass and sandy turf since it really accentuates any misses, especially from 100 yards and in,” KU head coach Erin O’Neil said following her team’s two-round 602 (+42). “The course plays fairly long, especially the par-fours, which have tough greens that really penalize you if you hit to the wrong section.”
 
Kansas shot a 305 (+25) in the first round and improved by eight strokes in the second round to record a 297 (+17), the third-largest round-over-round improvement in the tournament. Senior Yupaporn Kawinpakorn sparked the second round rally, jumping from a 74 (+4) to a 69 (-1) over the two rounds. She sits tied for eighth in the 75-golfer field with Taylor Tomlinson and Ursa Orehek, both from Florida, and is seven strokes behind individual leader Rachael Taylor of North Carolina State. Despite their second-round improvement, the Jayhawks did not move from the 11th spot in the team rankings but did position themselves within four strokes of 10th place UCF. Florida sits atop the team rankings with a 569 (+9).
 
Kansas junior Pornvipa “Faii” Sakdee stands tied for 29th. In her return, she shot a 149 (+9), and recorded a three-stroke improvement between the first two rounds.
 
“It was wonderful to have Faii back in the lineup,” O’Neil said. “She handled herself great today and was excited to be competing for us.”
 
One stroke behind Sakdee was freshman Ariadna Fonseca Diaz, who carded a 150 (+10), good to tie for 37th place. Freshman Laine Evans (74th) and sophomore Pitsinee Winyarat (75th) rounded out the squad with scores of 163 (+23) and 166 (+26), respectfully.
 
“We made too many big numbers today that made it difficult to come back from,” O’Neil said. “It boiled down to not executing our approach shots and chipping.”
 
The third and final round of the SunTrust Gator Women’s Invitational will begin with a shotgun start at 8:15 (Eastern). Live stats can be found at Golfstat.com.
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