A little improvement for KU women’s golf team at NCAA tourney

05/22/2014 10:43 AM

06/03/2014 10:17 AM

It was 18 more holes, but little changed for the Kansas women’s golf team.

The Jayhawks, who were in last place after Tuesday’s opening round at the NCAA Championships, jumped one spot to 23rd after Wednesday’s second round at Tulsa Country Club.

It was a slight improvement, although the team shot 20 strokes better.

“We hit the ball better today sure,” KU coach Erin O’Neil said. “Putting and short game was much better. I think our heads were in a better place.”

Yupaporn “Mook” Kawinpakorn and Minami Levonowich each shot 1-over-par 71s. Thanuttra Boonraksasat ended her round 4 over, Pornvipa Sakdee finished 7 over and Meghan Potee was 14 over.

Kawinpakorn’s performance Wednesday was a 12-stroke improvement over her 13-over 83 outing in the opening round.

“Mook played much better, hit the ball better,” O’Neil said. “Her short game was definitely on today, whereas yesterday it wasn’t.”

Levonowich eagled the seventh hole on a 177-yard shot with her pitching wedge. Her last-minute decision to use the pitching wedge instead of the 9-iron worked perfectly.

“I was surprised because I had no birdies today,” Levonowich said. “If I can’t make birdies, might as well make an eagle.”

The Jayhawks greatly improved from their opening-round performance, but hardly advanced through the field. Still, their play is constant with their coach’s message.

“Keep going out and keep trying to improve a little each day,” O’Neil said. “Keep moving up and doing the best we can.”

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