Women’s golf looks to build summer tournaments
- Aug. 15, 2012
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The Kansas women’s golf team starts their season on a hopeful note after a solid season in summer amateur tournaments.
The Jayhawks’ junior Meghan Potee played in the Western Golf Championship advancing to the second round of match play.
She also went back home to Indiana and won the Indiana Women’s Golf Association State Amateur Championship on July 20.
Potee went on to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship in Cleveland, Ohio which was held August 6-12.
Potee’s teammate, Audrey Yowell won the Kansas Women’s Amateur Championship with a final round of one over par at the Manhattan Country Club on July 12.
Yowell, the Jayhawks lone senior, could be due for a solid season.
“I expect Audrey to play well this season,” coach Erin O’Neil said. “She’s worked hard all summer going to summer school and fine tuning her game. She has the work ethic and the drive to do well.”
Sophomore Michelle Woods, a Manhattan native, also placed well in the tournament with a 74 in the final round on her home course and finished in third place.
The team also returns junior Thanuttra Boonraksasat who led the Jayhawks with a scoring average of 76.67 during the 2011-12 season.
The Jayhawks’ juniors will also play a substantial leadership role this season.
“Meghan Potee has had a great summer and I think it’s helped her confidence a lot.” O’Neil said. “Hopefully she comes back this fall and builds on that.”
Coach O’Neil said sophomores Gabby DiMarco and Michelle Woods are players that can step into larger roles this season.
“Overall I think this will be the most competitive team we’ve had across the board,” O’Neil said. “We’ve been focusing more on leadership within the team. We want to create a different culture and attitude and we’re already seeing a big difference in their day-to-day performance.”
The team will play at the Dale McNamara Invitational Sept. 17 to 18 in Tulsa, Okla.
—Edited by Vikaas Shanker