Kawinpakorn Heads to San Antonio for NCAA Regional
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas women’s golfer Yupaporn “Mook” Kawinpakorn will head to San Antonio, Texas to play in the NCAA Regional as an individual at the Briggs Ranch Golf Course, May 7-9.
A junior from Samuthprakan, Thailand, Kawinpakorn will be one of six individuals competing in the 96-golfer field which will consist of 18 teams, which either qualified automatically by winning their respective conference championship or were at-large selections.
Four NCAA Regionals consist of 72 total teams. The low six teams and low three individuals (not on those teams) from each regional will advance to the NCAA Championship, May 25-27, at the Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Florida.
“Everybody (in the NCAA Regionals) has a good swing and can hit it well,” KU head coach Erin O’Neil said. “It will come down to short game, course management and who will put themselves in the best situation to succeed. I’m very confident in Mook. She is a very good ball striker and has one of the best short games around. She has a very good head on her shoulders and I’m excited to see how she does.”
A 2014 All-Big 12 selection, Kawinpakorn is coming off her third-consecutive Big 12 All-Tournament honor where she tied for fifth at the conference championship April 24-26 at Dominion Golf Club in the same city she will be competing this weekend at the NCAA Regional, San Antonio.
Through 10 events in 2014-15, Kawinpakorn is averaging a team-best 73.6 strokes per round which is on pace to break her own school record set last year. The two-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team honoree, Kawinpakorn set the KU single-season mark for strokes per round in 2012-13 at 75.4, and then broke her own mark with a 74.5 average in 2013-14.
“I’m excited but disappointed at the same time because my team does not get to go with me,” Kawinpakorn said. “I feel really honored to represent KU for this tournament and for myself and for my family. I am playing a lot better now with my game and my swing. My mental game is a lot tougher. I have to stay patient and the ball will drop, eventually.”
Last season, when the Jayhawks as a team qualified for the NCAA Regional, Kawinpakorn she finished tied for 24th with a three round score of 224 (+8) at Karsten Creek in Stillwater, Oklahoma. KU finished fifth and advanced to the NCAA Championship where it finished 24th.
The NCAA Regionals are 54-hole format with 18 holes played each day, May 7-9. Live scoring for the NCAA Regionals can be found at Golfstat.com
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