Kawinpakorn Tied for First in the NCAA Regional

SAN ANTONIO – Kansas junior Yupaporn Kawinpakorn shot a career-low 67 (-5) Thursday and is tied for first after one round at the NCAA Regional in San Antonio at Briggs Ranch Golf Course.
 
Kawinpakorn, who has six top-5 finishes in 2014-15, carded nine birdies for her opening round. She is tied along with Baylor’s Hayley Davis for first in the 96-golfer field. Four other competitors are tied for third place with a score of 68 (-4), one shot behind Kawinpakorn and Davis. 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.
 
“Mook (Kawinpakorn) had an outstanding round today.” Kansas head coach Erin O’Neil said. “Overall, her game is the best I have ever seen it, especially her mental game. She was +2 after her first three holes and didn’t let that affect her mindset or confidence. The toughest part about this course is hitting the right section of the green and throughout the round she did a great job of putting herself in position to score and stayed patient. There’s still a lot of golf left to be played and tomorrow is a new day with new challenges, but there’s no doubt Mook will be ready to take on whatever the course gives her.”
 
Tennessee as a team leads the tournament by two strokes with a score of 276 (-12) over UCLA who has an overall score of 278 (-10). Big 12 conference member, Baylor is in third with a first round score of 280 (-8).
 
The second of three rounds will be played Friday, May 8, with the final 18 holes to be played Saturday, May 9. Live scoring can be found at golfstat.com.
 
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