Lubbock, Texas is Final Stop for Kansas Women’s Golf before Big 12 Championship
LAWRENCE, Kan. – The Kansas women’s golf team will head to Lubbock, Texas to compete in the Red Raider Invitational, April 8-9. KU will compete against 13 other teams on the 6,541-yard, par-71 Rawls Course. The Jayhawks will be following up on their best showing of the season at the DAC/SMU Invitational, where they recorded their highest finish of the spring season (seventh) and senior Yupaporn Kawinpakorn earned her fourth individual title of the year.
“The Rawls Course is a challenging layout but should be a good fit for us” Kansas head coach Erin O’Neil said. “It’s a links style course with lots of bunkers, undulating fairways and fast greens and will require us to be accurate with our approach shots to put ourselves in the best position possible. The wind will be different each day, which will keep us on our toes in regard to course management. We will also have to be tough mentally since windy conditions can bring a lot doubt into your head. It will be important for us to play to our strengths and focus on what is in our control.”
Kawinpakorn will look to put a stamp on what has been a tremendous senior campaign before the Big 12 Championship, April 22-24 in San Antonio. She has placed in the top-10 of all but one of her stroke-play events, securing her top spot in the KU record book for career top-10 and top-5 finishes.
Junior Pornvipa Sakdee follows Kawinpakorn with the team’s second-best stroke average in the spring season (75.3). Meanwhile, freshman Ariadna Fonseca Diaz trails only Kawinpakorn in percentage of rounds counted (95.7%). She has had all but one round in her freshman year count toward the team score. Freshman Victoria Chandra will look to continue her spring development, improving her stroke average by 2.5 strokes from the fall to the spring season. Sophomore Pitsinee Winyarat rounds out the lineup. She has made strides in her sophomore year, improving by better than two strokes per round from her freshman year. Sophomore Kallie Gonzales, fresh off a career-best finish at the KC Shooutout, will compete as an individual.
Kansas will compete against a field consisting of host Texas Tech, BYU, Cal Poly, Colorado State, Iowa, Kansas State, New Mexico, New Mexico State, North Texas, Purdue, SMU, Texas State and Tulsa. Rounds one and two will be played on Friday, April 8 and will begin with a shotgun start a 9 a.m. The third and final round will commence at 9 a.m. on April 9. Live stats can be found at GolfStat.com.
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