KU Women’s Golf in Third after Round One in South Carolina

Lady Paladin Invitational
Sept. 21-23 * Furman University Golf Course * Greenville, S.C. * Par 72 * 6,226-yards *
Round 1 Results
Senior Gabriella DiMarco
Round 1 Results (PDF)
Live Scoring
Lady Paladin Invitational
Team Score
1 Furman 286 (-2)
2 Wake Forest 288 (E)
3 KANSAS 289 (+1)
4 Florida State 293 (+5)
Texas Tech 293 (+5)
6 North Carolina 295 (+7)
7 Kennesaw State 297 (+9)
8 East Tennessee State 298 (+10)
Coastal Carolina 298 (+10)
Yale 298 (+10)
11 Georgia State 303 (+15)
12 East Carolina 305 (+17)
13 Samford 310 (+22)
14 Tulsa 311 (+22)
16 Western Carolina 312 (+24)
17 UNC Greensboro 324 (+36)
18 Southern Mississippi 325 (+37)
Individual Leaderboard (top 5)
Place Name Team Score
1 Pornvipa Sakdee KU 68 (-4)
2 Sierra Sims WF 69 (-3)
Jennifer Peng Yale 69 (-3)
4 Taylor Totland Furman 70 (-2)
V. Romero Furman 70 (-2)
Alex Milan FSU 70 (-2)
Emily Royer GSU 70 (-2)
Kansas Leaderboard
Place Name Score
1 Pornvipa Sakdee 68 (-4)
T12 Gabriella DiMarco 72 (E)
T24 Minami Levonowich 74 (+2)
T32 Yupaporn Kawinpakorn 75 (+3)
T57 Mackenzie Thayer (ind) 78 (+6)
T89 Michelle Woods 84 (+12)

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Behind a career-low 4-under 68 by sophomore Pornvipa Sakdee Sunday, the Kansas women’s golf team sits third after the first round of the Lady Paladin Invitational at the Furman University Golf Course.
Furman, the host school, leads the event after shooting a 2-under 286 on Sunday. Furman is two shots ahead of second-place Wake Forest (E, 288) and three ahead of Kansas which shot a 289 (+1) in the 18-team field. Big 12 foe Texas Tech (293) and Florida State (293) are tied for fourth.
“I am very pleased with how we played today,” KU head coach Erin O’Neil said. “We made lots of birdies and played very solid overall. However, we did give a few shots away on par fives that we need to capitalize on in the remaining rounds.”
Sakdee, who won the Marilynn Smith Sunflower Invitational individual title earlier this month, recorded seven of KU’s 17 combined birdies Sunday and leads the 96-golfer field by one shot over Wake Forest’s Sierra Sims and Yale’s Jennifer Peng at -3 (69). Her 68 was one shot better than her previous personal KU low of 69 shot last year in the final round of the Palmetto Intercollegiate, an event KU won and Sakdee finished fourth individually.
“Faii (Sakdee) was in the zone making seven birdies during her round and is off to a great start,” O’Neil said. “Gabby (DiMarco) was close to under par as well and gave us another steady round.”
KU senior Gabriella DiMarco carded three birdies en route to an even-par 72 Sunday. She is tied for 12th overall with seven other golfers. Fellow senior Minami Levonowich shot a season-low 74 (+2) and is tied for 24th, while junior Yupaporn Kawinpakorn is one behind Levonowich after shooting a 75 (+3), which is tied for 32nd. Senior Michelle Woods ended her day with a birdie, yet shot 84 (+12) and is tied for 89th. Junior Mackenzie Thayer, who is playing as an individual, carded a 78 (+6) and is tied for 57th entering Tuesday’s second round.
“The competition is close so we will need to focus on taking it one shot at a time and sticking to our game plan for the course,” O’Neil said.
Kansas is competing in its third tournament of the 2014-15 season and the Jayhawks have finished in the top three of the two previous events – second at the Marilynn Smith Sunflower Invitational (Sept. 8-9) and third last week at the Minnesota Invitational.
The second of three rounds at the Paladin Invitational will be played Monday, Sept. 22, with the final 18 holes on Tuesday, Sept. 23.
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