Rhodes, Iowa Kansas University freshman Yupaporn Kawinpakorn carded a 4-over 76 and is tied for third after the first round of the Big 12 women’s golf tournament Friday at The Harvester Golf Club.
The second round of three for the conference championship will be today, with the final Sunday on the par-72 course.
The temperature never reached above 39 degrees with winds from the north gusting from 20-25 mph most of the day. Kansas is tied for fifth place after shooting a 322 (+34). The Jayhawks entered the event the No. 8 seed in the nine-team field and are tied with top-seeded Oklahoma. Texas Tech leads the tournament after shooting a 316 (+28), and only 11 strokes separate the Red Raiders and eighth-place Texas (327). KU and OU are six strokes behind Texas Tech and four shots ahead of seventh-place TCU.
“There was no ‘take a break’ while you were out there,” KU coach coach Erin O’Neil said of the constant wind and cold. “You had to be on mentally the whole time. They did a good job and hung in there. They gave a few shots back coming in, but overall they hung in there and we are giving ourselves a chance.”
Sophomore Minami Levonowich shot KU’s second-best score, an 8-over 80, which was tied for ninth in the 45-golfer field. Juniors Thanuttra Boonraksasat, KU’s No. 1 golfer, and Meghan Potee, each shot an 11-over 83 and were tied for 29th individually. KU senior Audrey Yowell was two strokes behind her junior teammates after shooting a 15-over 85 and is tied for 34th.
“Putting got a lot of us and most everyone today,” O’Neil said. “It was windy and the greens were very tough. It was hard to get the right speed. We had a few three-putts, but ball-striking-wise, we did really well.”
Fifth-place Kansas will be grouped with host Iowa State and Oklahoma for today’s second round.