Yupaporn Kawinpakorn Positioned to Win Individual Title at DAC/SMU Invitational

DAC/SMU Invitational
Dallas Athletic Club Blue Course | Dallas, Tex.
Par-72 | 6,159 Yards
Kansas senior Yupaporn Kawinpakorn leads the field by six strokes heading into the final round.
 Final Results
Place Team Score
1 Oklahoma State 578 (+2)
2 UNLV 596 (+20)
3 Washington 598 (+22)
4 Iowa State 599 (+23)
5 UTSA 604 (+28)
6 Baylor 606 (+30)
7 SMU 607 (+31)
8 Tulane 608 (+32)
9 Texas Tech 609 (+33)
10 KANSAS 610 (+34)
11 Kansas State 611 (+35)
12 TCU 612 (+36)
13 New Mexico State 615 (+39)
14 Central Arkansas 622 (+46)
15 Florida International 630 (+54)
16 North Texas 667 (+91)
Individual Leaderboard (Top 5)
Place Name Team Score
1 Yupaporn Kawinpakorn KU 137 (-7)
2 Emma Broze OSU 143 (-1)
T3 Emma Svensson UCA 144 (E)
T3 Emily Penttila TU 144 (E)
T3 Kenzie Neisen OSU 144 (E)
Kansas Leaderboard
Place Name Score
1 Yupaporn Kawinpakorn 137 (-7)
T48 Pornvipa Sakdee 156 (+12)
T48 Ariadna Fonseca Diaz 156 (+12)
T70 Victoria Chandra 162 (+18)
83 Laine Evans  176 (+32)

DALLAS – Kansas senior Yupaporn “Mook” Kawinpakorn is in a good position to add to her four career individual titles, leading the 84-golfer field at the DAC/SMU Invitational by six strokes after two rounds Friday. She will need to fend off second-place Emma Broze of Oklahoma State in Saturday’s final round to claim the title. As a team, Kansas sits 10th after shooting 610 (+34) and trails ninth-place Texas Tech by only one stroke.
 
Kansas started strong on the 6,159-yard par-72 Dallas Athletic Club Blue Course, ending the first round in a three-way tie for sixth with Baylor and Central Arkansas after shooting 304 (+16). Kawinpakorn shot a 70 (-2), her lowest first-round score of the spring season. She entered the second round in second place, two strokes behind individual leader Emma Svensson of Central Arkansas. KU freshman Victoria Chandra followed Kawinpakorn with a 75 (+3), including a team-leading six birdies. Junior Pornvipa Sakdee carded a 76 (+4). She was followed by freshmen Laine Evans and Ariadna Fonseca Diaz, who shot 83 (+11) and 84 (+12), respectively.
 
Kawinpakorn poured on the birdies in the second round, recording eight to total a tournament-leading 11 through two rounds. She shot a second-round 67 (-5), tying the KU record for second-lowest 18-hole score. Kawinpakorn had previously set the record with her score of 63 (-8) in the first round of the Schooner Classic. The incredible second round vaulted Kawinpakorn to the top of the individual leaderboard with a commanding six-stroke lead. Kawinpakorn (-7) and Broze (-2) are the only two golfers under par through two rounds.
 
“Mook looked more like herself today. She’s worked hard the last 10 days on her wedges in particular and we saw it pay off today,” KU head coach Erin O’Neil said. “She is in a very good state mentally as well and is excited to be in position to earn another win.”
 
The second round saw Kansas fall to 10th after shooting 306 (+18). Sakdee was the only Jayhawk aside from Kawinpakorn to not record a 10-stroke difference from her first round. She shot an 80 (+8) to finish the day tied for 48th. Fonseca Diaz also tied for 48th after carding a 73 (E), a 12-stroke improvement over her first round. Chandra regressed in the second round recording an 87 (+15) to tie for 70th. Evans sits at 83rd after shooting a 93 in the second round. KU co-led the field with Oklahoma State with 30 birdies on the day. Kansas can greatly improve its standing in the third round, with only six strokes separating KU and fifth-place UTSA.
 
“We let some bad shots really get in our heads and affect us negatively during the rounds. Some of the players were too aggressive with their shots in an effort to get strokes back after a bad hole, only to have it backfire,” O’Neil said. “It will be crucial to play for the center of the green tomorrow rather than fighting to save par or bogey because we fired at every hole location.”
 
The third and final round will begin on Saturday with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. Live stats can be found at GolfStat.com.
 
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