Alumni host triumphant women’s golf team

Posted on Oct 30, 2013 in News and Sports

The KU women’s golf team concluded its fall season Oct. 28 with a victory at the Palmetto Intercollegiate on Kiawah Island, S.C., where Jayhawk hospitality helped Coach Erin O’Neil and her team prepare for the tournament.

Following an Oct. 26 practice round on the Turtle Point Golf Course, the Jayhawks enjoyed a team dinner at the home of Russ, c’63, and Ann Brownfield Crane, d’63. The Cranes and KU friends Bob, b’57, and Twila Jackson welcomed the women for a relaxing evening before the first competitive round began Oct. 27. Following two days of competition, Russ Crane called the Alumni Association to report the score: “They won by three strokes–we’re sure it was the lasagna,” he joked.

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Ann and Russ Crane flank KU’s golfers in a photo from their dinner Oct. 26. Back row: Head Coach Erin O’Neil, Meghan Potee, Pornvipa Sakdee, Minami Levonowich. Front row: Yupaporn Kawinpakorn, Thanuttra Boonraksasat, Assistant Coach Katy Nahm.

Of course, all credit goes to the team, led by freshman Pornvipa Sakdee, who finished fourth overall. Her teammates all finished in the top 25 as well, a season-best performance for the Jayhawks. The Palmetto title was the team’s second during the fall season.

“I was really proud of how this team came together last weekend,” says assistant coach Katy Nahm. “The team has put themselves in the position to win all fall, and it was great to see them pull through and handle the pressure of leading in the final round.

“We are always very thankful for being Jayhawks, but we were overwhelmed with the support we had this weekend from Russ and Ann. We really enjoyed getting to know them, along with Bob and Twila Jackson. It is great to play a tournament away from Lawrence and have people come out to support and cheer you on.  We look forward to seeing them again in the spring at the Briar’s Creek Invitational.  We are very blessed to be a part of the Jayhawk family.”

The team will begin spring competition Feb. 14-16 at the Florida State Matchup in Tallahassee.

–Jennifer Jackson Sanner

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