Kawinpakorn Breaks Record to Claim First Place at the Opening Round of the Schooner Classic

Schooner Classic
Belmar Golf Club| Norman, Okla.
Par-71 | 5,901Yards
Kansas freshman Ariadna Fonseca Diaz shot a career-best 69 (-2) in the first round of the Schooner Classic
 Final Results
Place Team Score
1 Oklahoma State 276(-8)
2 Mississippi State 283(-1)
3 Kansas 285(+1)
4 Notre Dame    286 (+2)
5 Texas A&M 287 (+3)
6 Oklahoma 291 (+7)
7 Kansas State 294 (+10)
8 UTSA 295 (+11)
9 Texas State 297 (+13)
10 Florida State 300 (+16)
11 Troy 305 (+21)
12 Tulsa 311 (+27)
Individual Leaderboard (Top 5)
Place Name Team Score
1 Yupaporn Kawinpakorn KU 63 (-8)
2 Chih-Min Chen OSU 65 (-6)
3 Ji Eun Baik MSU 66 (-5)
T4 Rylee Pedigo OU 67 (-4)
T4 Andrea Jonama TAMU 67 (-4)
Kansas Leaderboard
Place Name Score
1 Yupaporn Kawinpakorn 63 (-8)
T7 Ariadna Fonseca Diaz 69(-2)
T40 Pitsinee Winyarat 76 (+5)
T43 Laine Evans 77 (+6)
65 MacKenzie Sexe 84 (+13)

NORMAN, Okla. – A hot start by the Kansas women’s golf team has put it in third place of 12 teams at the end of the first round of the Schooner Classic. KU shot a 285 (+1). Pacing the team were senior Yupaporn “Mook” Kawinpakorn and freshman Ariadna “Ari” Fonseca Diaz, who both shot career-lows on the 71-par, 5,901-yard Belmar Golf Club.
Kawinpakorn set a school record for lowest 18-hole score and a Schooner Classic record for score versus par with a 63 (-8). This was good enough to put her first of 66 golfers and two strokes ahead of second place Chih-Min Chen of Oklahoma State with two rounds to go. The feat gave Kawinpakorn another KU record; she already holds the records for season average and 54-hole score.
“Mook was dialed in from the first tee shot. She is in such a good place with all parts of her game and is really trusting in her pre-tournament preparation,” KU head coach Erin O’Neil said. “Being -6 at the turn can be hard to handle for some but she maintained her composure throughout the day and finished strong. Not only did she shoot her own personal best but she also shattered our program record, which was 67. We are very proud of her.”
Fonseca recorded her best round of her young Kansas career with a 69 (-2), including a birdie on hole two. She is tied for seventh with Nikki Long of UTSA and Chieh Jessica Peng of Mississippi State.   
“Ari had a great round today too. She’s hitting the ball well and her short game continues to improve,” said O’Neil. “One of her goals going into this event was to focus on what is in her control and then fully commit for each shot. If she maintains that thought process she will continue to find success.”
Contributing to the best team round score so far this year were sophomore Pitsinee Winyarat, freshman Laine Evans and sophomore MacKenzie Sexe. Winyarat carded a 76 (+5) to tie for 40th, Evans tied for 43rd with a 77 (+6) and Sexe shot a 84 (+13) to finish the day 65th.
The Jayhawks stayed in the top two until the end of the day, ceding the second spot to Mississippi State by two strokes. Kansas also trails first-place Oklahoma State by nine strokes.
Though elated with the strong start, O’Neil knows there is still much golf to be played and the team will have to remain focused throughout the event.
“Tomorrow is a new day with different challenges so we need to wipe the slate clean tonight and keep our expectations centered on what is in our control for the remaining rounds,” she said.
Round 2 will begin at 9 a.m. on Sunday. The event will conclude on Monday with round 3. Live stats can be found at birdiefire.com.
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