Kansas Women’s Golf in 10th after Two Days at NCAA Central Regional

NCAA Regional
Karsten Creek Golf Club//Stillwater, Okla.
Par 72 // 6,200 yards
Junior Minami Levonowich
Team Leaderboard Thru 2 Rounds – Par 576
Team Score
1 UCL:A 588 (+12)
2 California 589 (+13)
T3 Florida 592 (+16)
T3 Alabama 592 (+16)
5 Ohio State 593 (+17)
6 Kent State 594 (+18)
7 Arizona 595 (+19)
T8 Mississippi State 596 (+20)
T8 Oklahoma State 596 (+20)
10 KANSAS 599 (+23)
T11 Minnesota 603 (+27)
T11 North Carolina 603 (+27)
13 Arkansas 604 (+28)
14 Harvard 605 (+29)
15 Texas 607 (+31)
16 Colorado 608 (+32)
17 UNLV 614 (+32)
18 Miami (Florida) 615 (+39)
19 SMU 618 (+42)
20 LSU 622 (+46)
T21 Lamar 625 (+49)
T21 Wichita State 625 (+49)
23 Long Island 666 (+90)
24 Siena College 676 (+100)
Individual Leaderboard Thru 2 Rounds Par 144
Place Name Team Score
1 Wad Phaewchimplee Kent State 138 (-6)
2 Dana Finkelstein UNLV 142 (-2)
T3 Stephanie Meadow Alabama 143 (-1)
T3 Jaye Panos Oklahoma State 143 (-1)
T3 Sarah Schober Florida 143 (-1)
Kansas Leaderboard Thru 2 Rounds Par 144
Place Name Score
T7 Yupaporn “Mook” Kawinpakorn 144 (E)
T33 Minami Levonowich 149 (+5)
T59 Pornvipa “Faii” Sakdee 152 (+8)
T73 Thanuttra “Fhong” Boonraksasat 155 (+11)
T91 Meghan Potee 159 (+15)

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STILLWATER, Okla. – Kansas sophomore Yupaporn “Mook” Kawinpakorn fired a 3-under 69 Friday and is currently tied for seventh individually as KU is in 10th place after two rounds at the 2014 Women’s Golf NCAA Central Regional Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
Kansas shot a 290 (+2) and improved 19 strokes from Thursday’s opening round 309 (+21). With the Jayhawks in 10th place at 599 (+23), Kansas is three strokes behind Mississippi State and Oklahoma State who are tied for eighth at 596 (+20). With the final 18 holes on Saturday, the top eight teams from the NCAA Central Regional will advance to the NCAA Championship, May 20-23, at Tulsa Country Club in Tulsa.
KU’s 290 was the second-lowest round of the tournament among the 24 competing teams. UCLA shot a 289 (+1) Friday and has a two-round 588 (+12) to lead the event. The Bruins have a one shot lead over California at 589 (+13).
“I’m very proud of the effort the team put forth today,” Kansas head coach Erin O’Neil said following Friday’s 290 which was KU’s second-lowest round of the 2013-14 season. “They handled themselves well, made good decisions overall and it was great to see them post a solid round on a tough championship course. Tomorrow we need continue to play the course rather than watch the scoreboard, focus on what is in our control and see how things shake out in the end.”
Mook has led KU both rounds and has a two-round 144 (E). Her 69 on Friday marked the third time in her last five rounds she has recorded a 69 with the two others at the Big 12 Championship (April 26-28). The top two individuals from the central regional not on the eight advancing teams will compete at the NCAA Championship.
“Mook is in a great place with her game right now and seems to thrive in pressure situations,” O’Neil said. “If she sticks to her game plan tomorrow there’s no reason why she can’t earn another top-five finish.”
Kansas junior Minami Levonowich tied her career low with a 72 (E) Friday. Levonowich holed a shot from over 150 yards out giving her an eagle on hole No. 17, the lowest handicapped hole at Karsten Creek. Levonowich, who also had three birdies Friday, has a two-round total of 149 (+5) as she is tied for 33rd in the 124-golfer field.
Freshman Pornvipa “Faii” Sakdee added her card to the Jayhawk total as she shot a 75 (+3) Friday behind a back nine 1-over par and a front nine 2-over par. Faii currently sits in a tie for 50th at 152 (+8)
Senior Thanuttra “Fhong” Boonraksasat found her stroke Friday as she carded three birdies on her way to a 2-over par 74. Fhong is in a tied for 73rd with a two round 155 (+11).
Rounding out the Jayhawk squad is senior Meghan Potee who carded a second round 79 (+2), improving from the first round by one stroke. Potee is in a tie for 91st with a total score of 159 (+15).
The NCAA Central Regional will conclude with 18 final holes Saturday, May 10.
Results and live stats from Saturday’s NCAA Central Regional final round can be followed via Golfstat at: http://golfstatresults.com/public/indexh.cfm?tournament_id=5230.
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