Stillwater, Okla. Sophomore golfer Yupaporn “Mook” Kawinpakorn led the Kansas University women’s golf team with a 3-over 75 in the first round of the NCAA Central Regional on Thursday at Karsten Creek Golf Club.
Kawinpakorn sits in a tie for 25th place with two rounds remaining, today and Saturday. Teammates Minami Levonowich and Pornvipa “Faii” Sakdee sat two strokes back in a tie for 55th.
As a team, the Jayhawks shot 21 over par and sit in a four-way tie for 16th place out of 24 teams. Kansas, Arkansas, Texas and LSU all totaled 309 strokes on Thursday. Alabama and California led the way with totals of 7-over 295. The top eight squads, and two individuals will advance from the Central Regional to the NCAA Championship.
“It’s our first day; we still have two more rounds,” KU coach Erin O’Neil said, noting the Jayhawks played through some nerves on the first few holes. “This is the kind of course where you can pick up nine shots real easy if you just go play your game and live up to potential. So we’re still in good shape and excited for tomorrow.”