Kansas Women’s Golf Concludes Solid Fall Season at 2013 Palmetto Intercollegiate
LAWRENCE, Kan. – The Kansas women’s golf team travels to Kiawah Island, S.C., this weekend to compete in the 2013 Palmetto Intercollegiate, the final event of the squad’s fall 2013 schedule.
Junior Minami Levonowich is playing in her first full season as a Jayhawk. The fall 2012 transfer from Kennesaw State competed in the spring portion of the 2012-13 season. While her stroke average was in the 70’s (78.25), she saw plenty of room for improvement heading into the 2013-14 season.
“Last season was my first season at KU and after the season ended, I was dissatisfied with how I played,” Levonowich said. “I am determined to make this season and this year different in order for us to make it to (NCAA) regionals.”
Not surprisingly, Levonowich has seen a marked improvement in her game this fall. Her stroke average has improved more than two strokes per round to 76.1. Moreover, she has secured two top-10 finishes and another top-15 finish.
Levonowich credits confidence and consistency for her strong play in the season’s first four tournaments. “Since last season, I have become more confident in myself and have stayed steady every round,” she said. “As a result, I have become very consistent in every tournament and will continue to become consistently better.”
Overall, Levonowich has been happy with the results up to this point. “For the most part, I have been happy with my play so far,” she said. “I don’t get discouraged after a bad shot or hole like I used to and instead, keep my head up and continue to push harder. I know I can play a lot better and plan to show that this tournament or the next couple tournaments.”
As far as the team goes, the Jayhawks won the Marilynn Smith Invitational and finished runner-up in two of four events this fall. They have placed fourth or better in every event this fall and hope to continue that this weekend in South Carolina.
“We started the season very well and I know that we will continue to do well this weekend,” Levonowich said. “We encourage and push each other each day because in the end, we all have the same goal – to be number one.”
The 19-team Palmetto Intercollegiate is a 54-hole event that begins with two rounds on Sunday, October 27th and concludes with a final round on Monday, October 28th.
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