Women’s Golf wins Farmers Insurance Samuel Proal Invitational, Thirayatorn finishes first

Women’s Golf wins Farmers Insurance Samuel Proal Invitational, Thirayatorn finishes first

PUEBLO, Colo. (September 4, 2018) – Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Golf won the Farmers Insurance Samuel Proal Invitational at the Pueblo Country Club. Orakorn Thirayatorn shared first place for her first win with the Pack.

The tournament was not close as the ThunderWolves prevailed by seven strokes over University of Colorado Colorado Springs. CSU-Pueblo was picked to finish second in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Preseason Poll, behind the Mountain Lions.

This victory was the ThunderWolves first at the Farmers Insurance Samuel Proal Invitational since it was moved to Pueblo Country Club in 2014. The Pack last won their season-opening tournament at home in 2013.

Thirayatorn (Sr., Meang Khonkaen, Thailand) entered the day as the tournament leader and wound up with a share of first place. She finished with a +5 (149). Her 149 stands as the best two-day total of her Pack career.  Thirayatorn led the field in both par 4 and par 5 scoring.

Jolene Kam (Sr., Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia) posted the ThunderWolves best round of the day with a +3 (75). Kam's 75 also marked the best round in the entire tournament Tuesday. She finished in third place at the Farmers Insurance Samuel Proal Invitational with a +7 ( 151).

Kam has finished in the top 10 at the Farmers Insurance Samuel Proal Invitational in three of her four seasons, including top five finishes in each of the past two seasons. She led the field with a -1 mark on par 3s.

Senior, Rachanok Rahulpan (Pathumthani, Thailand) carded a +5 (77) on her final day of competition. Rahulpan finished in 13th place with a +15 (153).

Courtney Ewing (Sr., Pueblo West, Colo.) shot a +7 (79). Ewing placed eighth with a two-day total of 156 (+12). She has finished in the top 10 in all four of her career appearances at the Farmers Insurance Samuel Proal Invitational Tournaments. Ewing and Kam led the field with five birdies.

Amy Sutheran (Fr., Hartlepool, Durham, England, UK) earned a top 20 finish in her first collegiate tournament. Sutheran took 20th place with a +19 (163). She shot a +11 (83) on day two.

CSU-Pueblo shot a +21 (309) on day two of the tournament and played the tournament's two best rounds. The ThunderWolves will look to remain undefeated when they compete at the RMAC Preview Sept. 17-18 at the Tiara Rado Golf Course in Grand Junction, Colo.

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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