Kawinpakorn Leads Field After Day 1 at SMU Invite
DALLAS, Texas – The 40th-ranked Kansas women’s golf team currently sits in fourth with a first round 306 (+18) behind Yupaporn “Mook” Kawinpakorn’s day-one first place finish of 71 (-1) at the SMU Invitational, Friday in Dallas, Texas, at the Dallas Athletic Club.
Mook was one-over par through her first 16 holes. The sophomore was able to finish strong as she birdied the final two holes of the round placing her in first in the 87-player field.
“Mook was the most confident and mentally as strong we have seen her,” Kansas head coach Erin O’Neil said. “Her ball striking is solid and she was able to finish strong with two birdies to lead the way for us.”
Also contributing to the Jayhawks effort was Minami Levonowich who finished in a tie for 18th with a 4-over par 76. The junior was one of only two players in the field who recorded an eagle on the day. Levonowich’s eagle came on the par-5, 506-yard, 12th hole.
KU freshman Pornvipa “Faii” Sakdee and senior Meghan Potee counted their scores Friday as Faii finished with a 79 (+7), while Potee carded an 80 (+8). Faii currently sits in a tie for 41st, while Potee sits in a tie for 53rd entering Saturday’s second round.
Senior Thanuttra “Fhong” Boonraksasat posted a 86 (+14), after carding a birdie on the final two holes to place her in a tie for 81st.
“Today was up and down for us,” O’Neil said. “We definitely left some shots out there but we are still in a good position. Hopefully we can go out tomorrow and take advantage of what we learned today.”
Big 12 member Baylor currently leads the tournament with a first round 294, (+6). Sitting in second place is LSU which carded a day one 301, (+13).
The SMU Invitational will continue with one round, 18 holes, Saturday, April 5, and conclude with 18 final holes on Sunday, April 6.
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