Kawinpakorn and Sakdee Enter Final Day of Regional One Shot Apart
SHOAL CREEK, Ala. – Kansas women’s golfers Yupaporn “Mook” Kawinpakorn and Pornvipa “Faii” Sakdee almost switched their first round scores in the second round of the NCAA Regional in Shoal Creek from Thursday to Friday.
Playing at the 6,470-yard, par-72 Shoal Creek Country Club, the senior Kawinpakorn, who scored 75 (+3) in Thurday’s first round, shot 78 (+6) in the second round on Friday for a 36-hole score of 153 (+9). Sakdee, a junior, who started with a 79 (+7) in the first round, carded a 75 (+3) for a 36-hole score of 154 (+10).
“Faii’s ball striking was much better today, especially on the front nine,” KU head coach Erin O’Neil said. “She was able to take afdvantage of two good birdie opportunities on 14 and 15, which gave her some room for error going into the back nine when the conditions became more challenging.”
With one round left to play, Kawinpakorn is tied for 25h and Sakdee is tied for 30rd in the 96-golfer field. Kawinpakorn trails co-leaders Matilda Castren of Florida State and Kacie Komoto of Northwestern by eight strokes.
The low six teams and low three individuals (not on those teams) from each regional will advance to the NCAA Championship, May 20-25, at the Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Oregon. If the tournament ended after two rounds, Kawinpakorn would miss qualifying by four strokes.
“Shoal Creek is a true championship course and it’s very possible to make up enough ground in one day. We don’t have to do anything off the charts for the final round like shoot 66 to earn spots in Nationals,” O’Neil commented. “If we focus on what we can control and play confident, committed golf, then I like our chances of moving up the leaderboard.”
Kawinpakorn, despite hitting two birdies in her last three holes, recorded her highest score of the 2015-16 season. The last time she shot a 78 or above was at the 2015 Arizona Wildcat Invitational, where she shot a 79 (+7) in the second round.
“Mook has had a tough couple of days with her swing and putting. She finished on a strong notes this afternoon making birdies on two out her last three holes,” said O’Neil. “Hopefully she can take that momentum and keep it going for the final 18.”
The NCAA Regional will continue with the third and final round on Saturday, May 7. Tee off for teams will be 7:30 a.m. (Central) and individuals will tee off at 8:15 a.m. Live stats can be found at GolfStat.com.
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