AUSTIN, Texas – The Kansas women's golf team is in second place and trailing Texas Tech by a single stroke heading into Tuesday's final round of the 2013 Challenge at Onion Creek in Austin, Texas.
KU senior Thanuttra Boonraksasat paced the Jayhawks in Monday's first two rounds of the event at Onion Creek Original Course with a par 72. Boonraksasat sits in a tie for third place after carding an opening round 72 (+2), followed by an even-par 70 in the afternoon's second round for a two round total 142.
Boonraksasat built on a strong performance at last week's Marilynn Smith Invitational to continue her hot start to the 2013-14 campaign. She finished in second place at the Marilynn Smith, trailing only fellow Jayhawk senior Meghan Potee, and is in the hunt for another strong finish this week.
Sophomore Yupaporn Kawinpakorn and freshman Pornvipa Sakdee each played well Monday as both finished the day in the top-15. Kawinpakorn (74-71) is in eighth place at 145 (+5), while Sakdee is in 15th individually at 147 (+7) after shooting an even-par 70 in the morning round and a 77 (+7) in afternoon 18 holes. Potee improved five strokes in her second round with a 78-73—151 (+11) and is tied for 27th, while junior Minami Levonowich is tied for 39th after carding a 80-75—155 (+15).
Monday's performance marks the third-straight week that the Jayhawks have finished in the top two after the first two rounds. Two weeks ago at the Cardinal Cup the Jayhawks were in second place and last week at the Marilynn Smith Invitational KU was the tournament leaders heading into the final round.
That experience should pay dividends tomorrow as the Jayhawks look to overtake Big 12 foe Texas Tech to take their second straight tournament title.
The 2013 Challenge at Onion Creek concludes Tuesday with the final round commencing at 8:30 a.m.
Jayhawks at the UMKC Kangaroo Fall Invitational
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas women's golf also sent three golfers to participate as individuals in the 2013 UMKC Invitational.
Junior Gabby DiMarco led the way for the Kansas contingent Monday in Kansas City. DiMarco (72-83) is in a tie for 14th place after two rounds after carding a two round total 155 (+11). DiMarco is 11 shots off the pace set by Southern Illinois golfer Cassie Rushing (76-68-144).
Sophomore Mackenzie Thayer is tied for 17th on the heels of a strong performance in the second round of Monday's action. Thayer fired a 74 in the first round and coupled that with an 83 in this morning's first round for a two round total 157 (+13).
Sophomore Carly Humes posted a two round total 184 (93-91) to finish the day's action in a tie for 58th.
2013 Challenge at Onion Creek Team Standings
Onion Creek Original Course * Par-70 * 5,821 yards * Austin, Texas
Two Round Total
1. Texas Tech: 291-291-582
2. KANSAS: 294-289-583
3. Miami: 293-291-584
4. Texas State: 294-291-585
T5. Iowa: 297-292-589
T5. Coastal Carolina: 291-298-589
7. Grand Canyon: 297-302-599
8. Kansas State: 303-303-606
9. Michigan: 307-309-616
10. St. Edwards: 311-311-622
11. UTPA: 322-333-655
Top 10 Individuals
1. Elin Arvidsson, Texas Tech: 72-67-139
2. Marissa Hinchman, Coastal Carolina: 69-72-141
T3. Thanuttra Boonraksasat, KANSAS: 72-70-142
T3. Chorphaka Jaengkit, Grand Canyon: 70-72-142
5. Stephanie Bertelsen, Texas Tech: 71-72-143
T6. Iman Nordin, Texas State: 75-69-144
T6. Dani Darquea, Miami: 72-72-144
T8. Yupaporn Kawinpakorn, KANSAS: 74-71-145
T8. Briana Midkiff, Iowa: 73-72-145
T8. Kimmy Hill, Texas Tech: 72-73-145
Other Kansas Golfers
15. Pornvipa Sakdee: 77-70-147
T27. Meghan Potee: 78-73-151
T39. Minami Levonowich: 80-75-155