Jayhawks Head to Columbus for Final Tournament of Regular Season
LAWRENCE, Kan. – The 39th-ranked Kansas women’s golf team will travel to Columbus, Ohio, to partake in the Lady Buckeye Invitational at the Scarlet Course, on April 19-20. The tourney is the final tune up before the 2014 Big 12 Championships, April 25-27, in Austin, Texas.
The Jayhawks will be represented by the same five players for the eighth straight tournament, freshman Pornvipa “Faii” Sakdee, sophomore Yupaporn “Mook” Kawinpakorn, junior Minami Levonowich and seniors Meghan Potee and Thanuttra “Fhong” Boonraksasat.
Mook enters the event leading the Jayhawks with the most top-20 finishes as she has placed in the top 20 in eight of the nine tournaments thus far. Mook also leads the team in lowest average strokes per round with 74.7. She is currently on pace to break the school record, which she set last year with an average of 75.4 strokes per round.
Fhong is currently chasing another top-10 finish, which would give her 13 top-10 finishes all time placing her in a tie with Emily Powers (2007-10) for second place top-10 career finishes at KU. Fhong would do so while recording her best season at Kansas averaging 75.5 strokes per round.
Faii is looking to add to her impressive rookie resume as she currently is averaging 76 strokes per round, which is third lowest on the team, along with two top-10 finishes.
Levonowich is hoping to get back in her groove from the fall season after struggling a little in a spring. Levonowich is looking to build on her 77.6 strokes per round average in hopes of capturing her first top-20 finish of the spring season.
Rounding out the Jayhawk five is Potee who is only Jayhawk this season to record a first-place victory in the individual portion of a tournament. Potee will be looking to help lead the team as she looks to improve her average of 76.6 strokes per round.
Also traveling for the Jayhawks is junior Michelle Woods who will be seeing action in her fifth tournament this season. Woods hopes to have a repeat performance from the Cardinal Cup where she tied for 16th behind a 9-over par performance (225). Woods currently is having her best season as she is averaging 77.2 strokes per round.
The Lady Buckeye Invitational will be played on a 6,268-yard, par-72 course at the Scarlet Course and will take place over two days where the competitors will play 36 holes on Saturday, April 19, and finish with 18 holes on Sunday, April 20. The event, which is hosted by 28th-ranked Ohio State, will see competitors from Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, 40th-ranked Kent State, 24th-ranked Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio, Purdue, Texas Tech and Toledo.
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