PUEBLO, Colo. (June 9, 2017) –Colorado State University-Pueblo Director of golf Josh Koschke announced the signing of Rachanok Rahulpan and Orakorn Thirayatorn to the Pack women's golf team for the 2017-18 season.
"Rachanok Rahulpan & Orakorn Thirayatorn are two major additions to our women's golf program," Koschke said. "Replacing the RMAC individual champion Jacquelyn Porman is really hard to do. We not only added one great player but two from Thailand!"
Rahulpan and Thirayatorn come to the Pack from Dodge City Community College where they competed for the Conquistadors in each of their first two collegiate seasons. Rahulpan led the Conquistadors with a 24th place finish at the NJCAA Championships, shooting a +39 (323) over four rounds. Thirayatorn placed 41st at the 2017 NJCAA National Championships.
Thirayatorn and Rahulpan led the Conquistadors to the 2017 Region VI Championship. Thirayatorn finished with a two round score of 159 to take third. Rahulpan posted a 163 to earn fourth place.
Prior to competing at the NJCAA Tournament, Thirayatorn posted seven consecutive top five finishes. She won the Dodge City Invite in the fall. She also placed second at both the Barton County Community College and Dodge City Spring Tournament.
Rahulpan claimed five top five finishes in 2016-17. She won the Kansas Jayhawk Community College meet No. 2, Oct. 1, 2016.
"These girls come with lots of experience from Dodge City Community College with the passion and drive to lead the Pack to many Championships," Koschke said. "They both also possess the goals of wanting to play golf for a living after their time in college has finished."
Hailing from Muang Khankaen, Thailand, Thirayatorn is no stranger to Pueblo. She competed with the Conquistadors at the Pack Spring Invite. Thirayatorn took fifth at this tournament held at Walking Stick Golf Course with a +17 (161).
Rahulpan and Thirayatorn joins a Pack team that placed second at the 2017 Rocky Mountain Athletic Championships. Four of the Pack's five competitors from last year's RMAC Championship team are expected to return.
"They are going to fit in well to our system and have the potential to be at the top of our line-up right away," Koschke said. "Coach Rick Ewing and I are really excited to get to work with them to restore dominance again in the RMAC."
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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.