Pimchanok Kawil rewrote The University of Toledo women’s golf record book last weekend at Kentucky’s Bettie Lou Evans Invitational in Lexington.
A day after firing a program best and tournament record seven-under 65, the Rocket senior carded a two-under par 70 Sunday to finish the tournament in third place at eight-under par 208 (73-65-70).Kawil’s total was two shots better than Sathika Ruenreong’s 54-hole record in the 2013-14 campaign and helped UT register a sixth-place tie at 18-over par 882.
“I’m incredibly proud of Pim’s round today and her accomplishments this weekend,” Head Coach Jenny Coluccio said. “We stressed focusing on her process and that was the key to her round [Sunday]. She continued to put that in play and that was important.”
Senior Pinyada Kuvanun matched Kawil’s two-under par 70 Sunday and finished in ninth place at one-under par 215 (74-71-70).
“Pinyada played very well [Sunday] with a lot of grit,” Coluccio said. “She was driven from the very beginning, but had an unfortunate situation on No. 10 that she recovered very well from and finished the round strong.”
Senior Natcha Daengpiem displayed consistency throughout the tourney and finished tied for 44th place at 12-over par 228 (77-75-76). Junior Saranlak Tumfong tied for 60th place at 18-over par 234 (75-81-78). Juniors Thunpijja Sukkasem(83-78-75) and Donchanok Toburint (90-80-76) each improved their scores each round and finished tied for 67th and in 73rd place, respectively.
“The team’s improvements overall are very encouraging, and they should be proud of their efforts,” Coluccio said. “This really is the beginning of what they are capable of, and I hope that they believe anything is possible. Now we need to get back to work this week on our areas that need more tightening up before the MAC Preview next weekend.”
Kentucky edged Penn State by two strokes for the team title, finishing at six-under par 858 (280-286-292). The Wildcats’ Leonie Bettel captured medalist honors with impressive 11-under par 205 (71-66-68) with the Nittany Lions’ Cara Basso in second place at nine-under par 207 (72-68-67).