RCW: Sport Spotlight 4.4 (Women's Golf)
Lizzie played even par in the final round and jumped five spots to tie for fifth, her second top-5 finish. pic.twitter.com/jNUmhThnCo
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Entering her senior season, Pitsinee Winyarat, or “Liz” as she is known on the team, has competed in 22 events for Kansas and led the Jayhawks in scoring in three of those tournaments. So far this season, Winyarat is 2-for-2 having led KU in scoring at both the Minnesota Invitational and the Marilynn Smith Invitational.
“Even though it has taken quite a long time to reach this point, at least it is paying off,” Winyarat said. “Coach Katy (Nahm) told me, ‘You should not be satisfied or feel okay with what you just earned because you are better than that.'”
Completing the third and final round of the Marilynn Smith Invitational at even par, Winyarat climbed five spots up the leaderboard and finished in a three-way for fifth place – her highest tournament finish in her KU career. Her previous best was a tie for 24th, but this performance showed that the senior has big plans for her final season donning the Crimson and Blue.
“It’s motivating for me to continue to trust in my process and the people around me who have been supportive of me since my first steps into this KU family,” Winyarat said. “From this tournament, I learned that there is something else that I still have to learn and need to work harder to make it to the next step (in the process).”
Head coach Erin O’Neil, whose Jayhawks placed second in the nine-team field, discussed Winyarat’s approach and process after the event Tuesday.
“Liz is one of the most-coachable players we have ever had and she has matured so much over the last three years,” O’Neil said. “Her ball striking is the best we’ve seen and we’ve seen good improvement in her putting. It’s been great to see her hard work paying off and to see her belief in herself go up as well.”
Winyarat’s next opportunity, along with the rest of the Jayhawks, will be October 1 for the first of three rounds of the Nebraska Invitational at the Wilderness Ridge Country Club in Lincoln, Nebraska.