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Yongyuan Earns Second Career Victory As 2019 Red Rocks Invitational Concludes

CORNVILLE, Ariz. — For the second time in her young career, Thunderbird freshman Chanikan (Pluem) Yongyuan picked up an individual victory at the 2019 Red Rocks Invitational.

Yongyuan closed out play on Sunday with a 71, bringing her three day total to 207 (67, 69, 71) and finishing play six-under.

She won the first collegiate tournament she played in last September, as she finished first at the Hobble Creek Fall Classic. Since then she’s only finished outside of the top-four at a tournament one time, and has racked up two second place finishes and two third place finishes.

Yongyuan has been named Big Sky Women’s Golfer of the Week three times this season.

“This run Pluem has put together to start this season has been pretty special,” SUU head coach Richard Church said. “To do what she’s doing as a freshman is very impressive and we’re excited to see where she goes from here.”

Kamonwan (Poy) Prasurtwong finished second for the Thunderbirds and in a tie for 30th on the leaderboard after carding a 219 (76, 71, 72).

Launa Wilson finished third for the T-Birds and in 52nd on the player leaderboard after shooting a 224 (75, 71, 78).

Tori Thomas (228; 71, 82, 75) and Kyla Smith (230; 72, 78, 80) wrapped up the scoring lineup for the Thunderbirds.

As a team the Thunderbirds finished in sixth place, shooting a 870 (285, 289, 296). New Mexico State won the team title, shooting 853 (281, 294, 278) as a unit.

Lindsay Aleman (222; 72, 75, 75) and Lexi Hamel (236; 81, 82, 73) played as individuals at the event for Southern Utah.

Next up for the Thunderbirds will be the 2019 Fresno State Classic at Cooper River Country Club in Clovis, California.