Former KU golfers continue professional success
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Hours after former Kansas golfer Thanuttra “Fhong” Boonraksat collected a sixth-place effort on the Thailand LPGA Tour, another Jayhawk and teammate Yupaporn “Mook” Kawinpakorn ended her NWGA event at the Orange County National Golf Center & Lodge and earned her second career professional victory.
Playing the Panther Lake course at Orange County National, Kawinpakorn won the event by four strokes after shooting a 2-under 70 in the final round. The Kansas All-American opened the first round with a 4-under 68, but took control of the event after firing a 5-under 67 on the second day. Finishing 11-under overall, Kawinpakorn was one of only eight participants to shoot under par for the entire event.
At the Black Mountain Golf Club in Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand, Boonraksat carded an even par 72 over her final round to move up six spots on the leaderboard. She ended the 3rd SINGHA-SAT-TOYOTA Thai LPGA Championship at par after shooting a two-over 74 in the first round and a 2-under 70 in the second.
“We are so very proud and excited to see Mook and Fhong performing well at the professional level,” Kansas head coach Erin O’Neil said. “As a coach, it doesn’t get much better than seeing your former players finding success and happiness while playing the game they love.”
Kawinpakorn currently ranks No. 3 in the NWGA money standings, while Boonraksat is No. 19 in the Thailand LPGA.
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