Boonraksasat Leads Jayhawks to Eighth Through Two Rounds
JOHN ISLAND, S.C. – Kansas senior Thanruttra “Fhong” Boonraksasat shot a 1-over 73 Monday afternoon to lead the 40th-ranked KU women’s golf team to eighth place after two rounds at the Briar’s Creek Invitational at The Golf Club at Briar’s Creek in John Island, S.C.
Fhong began the day carding a 76 (+8) in the morning first round with the Jayhawks shooting a 308 (+20) as a team. Fhong went on to recover as she recorded three birdies in her 1-over par outing in the second round, placing her in a tie for 10th.
“We improved in our second round but we didn’t finishes our last few holes as well as we are capable of doing,” head coach Erin O’Neil said. “We definitely left some shots out there.”
As a team KU improved seven strokes and shot a 301 (+13) in Monday’s afternoon round to bring a two-round 609 (+33). Kansas currently sits eighth in the 17-team field, two strokes behind Chattanooga’s 607.
Yupaporn “Mook” Kawinpakorn started the day the same way Fhong did, recording a four-over par 76. Mook overcame a rough start in her second round as she carded four birdies during the course of the round bringing her total to 75 (+3), placing her in a tie for 24th in the 92-person field with a 151 (+7).
Freshman Pornvipa “Faii” Sakdee assisted the Jayhawks efforts as she carded a 74 (+2) second round behind a first round 81 (+9). Faii’s five birdies on the day were good enough to place her in a tie for 38th with fellow junior teammate Minami Levonowich at 155 (80-75, +11).
Senior Meghan Potee rounds out the Jayhawk five as she finished in a tie for 76th behind a first round 85 (+13) and an improved second round 79 (+7), giving her a two round score of 164 (+20). Junior Gabriella DiMarco competed as an individual for the Jayhawks as she carded a first round 84 (+12) and a second round 81 (+9) giving her a total of 165 (+21), placing her in a tie for 78th.
“Our goal for tomorrow is to focus on what is in our control and play smart golf,” O’Neil said. “We don’t need to shoot lights out to move up the leaderboard, but we do need to be mentally tough and play to our strengths.”
The Briar’s Creek Invitational will conclude Tuesday March 25, with one final 18 holes.
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