Yupaporn Kawinpakorn Receives Marlene Mawson Exemplary Student-Athlete Award

Marlene Mawson handing award to Yupaporn Kawinpakorn
Previous Marlene Mawson Exemplary Student-Athlete Award Winners
2008 Lauren Bonds Cross Country/Track & Field
2009 Sha’Ray Butler Track & Field
2010 Jamie Boyd Basketball
2011 Karina Garlington Volleyball
2012 Rebeka Stowe Cross Country/Track & Field
2013 Maggie Hull Softball
2014 Alex Jones Softball
2015 Claudijah Lever Rowing
2016 Yupaporn Kawinpakorn Golf

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas senior golfer Yupaporn Kawinpakorn was recognized for her hard work and consistent positive attitude both on and off the golf course, along with her involvement in the community, as she was named the 2016 recipient of the Marlene Mawson Exemplary Student-Athlete Award Sunday.
Kawinpakorn received the award from Marlene Mawson, head coach Erin O’Neil and Senior Associate Athletics Director/Senior Woman Administrator Debbie Van Saun during the women’s basketball game against Oklahoma State. The award is presented by Kansas Athletics to one senior female student-athlete each year who played an integral role on her respective team and demonstrates strong character and leadership qualities, while also being a strong competitor in the classroom and in the field of play.
Nicknamed the “Mother of Kansas Athletics,” Dr. Marlene Mawson was appointed to a full-time physical education faculty position with the added responsibility of initiating an intercollegiate women’s sports program in 1968. In addition to directing the program, Dr. Mawson coached women’s basketball, volleyball, softball and field hockey during her first three years at KU. For 22 years, Dr. Mawson was a professor and administrator at the University of Kansas.
Kawinpakorn is coming off a historic fall season for Kansas that included a run of three straight individual tournament titles and claiming a few program records. She recorded KU’s lowest 18-hole score in history with a 63 in the first round of the Schooner Classic, set the record for most career top-5 and top-10 finishes and averaged 71.21 strokes per round, obliterating her career, and school, best of 73.57. Kawinpakorn is the first golfer to receive the Marlene Mawson Exemplary Student-Athlete Award, which was established in 2008.
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