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Yongyuan Wins Individual Title At Classic Club

PALM DESERT, Calif. — Behind an individual title from sophomore Chanikan (Pluem) Yongyuan and a third place finish by Kamonwan (Poy) Prasurtwong, the Thunderbird women’s golf team finished in second place as a team at the 2019 Wyoming Cowgirl Desert Intercollegiate at The Classic Club.

The T-Birds shot a 926 (297, 313, 316) as a team to finish just one shot behind Cal Poly, who shot a 925 (301, 297, 327).

“We gave ourselves a really good shot at winning the golf tournament today, and even though we just missed out on the team title we’re really proud of the way we played this weekend,” SUU head coach Richard Church said. “It was a long week of golf for the team but they proved they’re a force to be reckoned with as we move on in the season.”

This is the highest finish to this point of the 2019-20 campaign for the Lady T-Birds.

Yongyuan claimed her third career individual victory by shooting a 219 (69, 76, 74) over the course of two days in Palm Desert. She finished two shots clear of UTEP’s Valeria Mendizabal, who shot a 221. She now has 11 career top-10 finishes to her name as well.

Right behind Yongyuan was Prasurtwong, who shot a 223 (74, 74, 75) to finish in third place on the leaderboard after two very consistent days.

This marks Prasurtwong’s highest finish since she tied for second place at the 2018 Pizza Hut Lady Thunderbird Invitational.

Launa Wilson finished third for the T-Birds with a 243 (77, 84, 82) while Tori Thomas had a 247 (77, 80, 90) over the course of three rounds. Lexi Hamel carded a 256 (88, 83, 85) over the two days of competition.

Playing as individuals, Kyla Smith shot a 256 (76, 89, 91), Hayden Harris shot a 264 (80, 88, 96) and Bailia Milne shot a 275 (91, 93, 91).

The Lady T-Birds will wrap up their Fall Season at the New Mexico State Aggie Invitational, which will run from October 7-9 in Las Cruces, New Mexico.