Kawinpakorn Named All-American Honorable Mention

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas senior women’s golfer Yupaporn “Mook” Kawinpakorn has been named 2015-16 All-American Honorable Mention by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA), the organization announced Tuesday. Kawinpakorn is the first-ever Jayhawk to be named All-American by the WGCA, which started selecting the honor in 1998-99.
“We are so proud of Mook to be named All-American,” Kansas head coach Erin O’Neil said of the KU record-breaking senior. “She has had such a great career that improved every year. To win five tournament titles her senior year and break her own KU season scoring record four years in a row is remarkable and shows how dedicated she is.”
In 2015-16, Kawinpakorn won a Kansas season-record five individual titles at the Schooner Classic (9/19-21), Chip-N Club Invitational (10/5-6), Palmetto Intercolegiate (10/25-27), DAC/SMU Invitational (4/1-2) and Red Raider Invitational (4/8-9). The Samutprakan, Thailand native claimed school records with an 18-hole score of 63 (-8) at the
Schooner Classic and a 54-hole score of 209 (-7) at the Red Raider Invitational.
Including a tied for fifth at the 2016 Big 12 Championship, Kawinpakorn was named to a school-record four career All-Big 12 Tournament Teams. More impressively, the two-time All-Big 12 selection (2014 and 2016) broke the KU season scoring record all four years she was at KU with a 75.42 in 2012-13, 74.46 in 2013-14, 73.35 last season as a junior and 71.78 in 2015-16. Additionally, Kawinpakorn competed in an NCAA Regional each of the last three seasons and was a key contributor in KU’s team advancing to the NCAA Championship in 2014.
During her senior campaign, Kawinpakorn was named to her third-straight Academic All-Big 12 First Team while earning her bachelor’s degree in sport management with a minor in business from KU. She was also awarded the Marlene Mawson Exemplary Student-Athlete Award, which goes to a KU female student athlete that demonstrates hard work and consistent positive attitude as well as involvement in the community, and the Dr. Frederick Senior Scholar Athletes Award.
2015-16 WGCA All-Americans
First Team
Virginia Elena Carta, Freshman, Duke University
Katelyn Dambaugh, Junior, University of South Carolina
Hannah Kim, Sophomore, Northwestern University
Lauren Kim, Senior, Stanford University
Cheyenne Knight, Freshman, University of Alabama
Bronte Law, Junior, UCLA
Leona Maguire, Sophomore, Duke University
Anna Newell, Sophomore, University of Tennessee
Linnea Strom, Freshman, Arizona State University
Bailey Tardy, Freshman, University of Georgia
Lilia Vu, Freshman, UCLA
Second Team
Tiffany Chan, Junior, University of Southern California
Lauren Coughlin, Senior, University of Virginia
Stephanie Lau, Freshman, Northwestern
Esther Lee, Junior, University of Colorado
Harang Lee, Junior, University of Georgia
Laura Lonardi, Senior, Baylor University
Robynn Ree, Freshman, University of Southern California
Frida Gustafsson Spang, Senior, East Carolina University
Mariah Stackhouse, Senior, Stanford University
Charlotte Thomas, Senior, University of Washington
Emma Talley, Senior, University of Alabama
Monica Vaughn, Junior, Arizona State University
Honorable Mention
Gabby Barker, Sophomore, Texas Tech University                          
Sarah Burnham, Sophomore, Michigan State University
Karen Chung, Junior, University of Southern California
Sandy Choi, Junior, Duke University
Marissa Chow, Senior, Pepperdine University
Daniela Darquea, Junior, University of Miami
Maria Fassi, Freshman, University of Arkansas
Emma Henrikson, Senior, San Diego State University
Jillian Hollis, Freshman, University of Georgia
Linnea Johansson, Junior, Oklahoma State University
Jennifer Kupcho, Freshman, Wake Forest University
Ying Luo, Senior, University of Washington
Elizabeth Szokol, Senior, University of Virginia
Maria Torres, Junior, University of Florida
Dewi Weber, Freshman, University of Miami
Bethany Wu, Freshman, UCLA
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