Jayhawks Look to Carry Momentum from Fall into Spring Opener

LAWRENCE, Kan. – The Kansas women’s golf team will open up its 2014 spring season at the Florida State Match-Up in Tallahassee, Fla. on Feb. 14-16. 

This tournament is a distinctive event in NCAA Women’s Golf as this tourney is meant to “begin the spring season with a lot of fun and friendly competition,” by way of the format being different from that of other tournaments. In this event there is the standard format where it’s every team for themselves. In addition to traditional format each school is paired with another school to compete in a match-up style of play. That is scored by taking the top four scores from the two teams (10 players). The way partnerships are chosen consists of head coaches joining forces with former assistant coaches, who are now head coaches, former college teammates, rivals, and/or friends.

For the match-up portion Kansas will be paired with Furman University. KU head coach Erin O’Neil and Furman head coach Kelly Hester were teammates at the University of Georgia. This marks the second year in a row where the two teammates will be paired up. 

The Jayhawks will be represented by freshman Pornvipa “Faii” Sakdee, sophomore Yupaporn “Mook” Kawinpakorn, junior Minami Levonowich and seniors Meghan Potee and Thanuttra “Fhong” Boonraksasat.

Kawinpakorn led the Jayhawks in two of the fall tournaments with her most successful outing coming at the Cardinal Cup in Simpsonville, Ky., where she finished in a tie for second at three-under par. Potee looks to contribute to the Jayhawks effort as she is trying to build off her best performance of the year at the Marilynn Smith Sunflower Invitational in Manhattan, Kan., where she finished in first place with a 224 (+8) which helped lead the Jayhawks to the team title. 

Boonraksasat saw tournament action in all five fall events. She recorded her best round of the season in the second round at the Challenge at Onion Creek in Austin, Texas, where she recorded an even-par 70. 

Sakdee and Levonowich, along with these other three teammates gave Kansas their best tournament score of the fall season at the Palmetto Intercollegiate in Kiawah Island, S.C., where KU recorded an 876 (+12) which lead the Jayhawks to their second team victory of the season.

Last year the Jayhawks finished in 10th in the team portion and placed fourth in the match-up format. The Florida State Match-up will be played on a 7,172-yard, par-72 course at Southwood Golf Club and will take place over three days where the competitors will play 18 holes on each day.
Tournament Field
1. Clemson
2. Florida Gulf Coast
3. Florida State (Host)
4. Furman
5. Kansas
6. Kansas State
7. Mercer
8. Mississippi State
9. South Carolina
10. Texas A&M
11. Virginia

Match-Up Pairs
1. Florida State/Texas A&M
2. South Carolina/Individuals
3. Furman/Kansas
4. Mercer/Florida Gulf Coast
5. Kansas State/Mississippi State 
6. Clemson/Virginia

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