University of Oklahoma star Jao-Javanil wins 16th annual Tennessee Women’s Open at Stonehenge Golf Club
By KEITH WALTHER
Having won the NCAA women’s golf title in 2012, there was no question that Chirapat Jao-Javanil was a player to watch coming into the 16th Tenneessee Women’s Open.
And so it was no shock that all the other 61 players that made the cut watched the University of Oklahoma standout take the championship by five strokes, last Saturday at Stonehenge Golf Club.
Jao-Javanil was the picture of steady golf in the 54-hole event, carding a one-under par 71 on the final day to go along with her 73 on Thursday and sizzling 70 on Friday.
She never was threatened seriously down the stretch as her 214 total easily cleared the 219 totals of second-place finishers Ashli Bunch (Morristown, TN) and Courtney Shelton (Franklin, TN).
Jao-Javanil had seven birdies to offset five bogeys in the tournament. She was one shot out of the lead after the first day as Bunch, Catherine Nagel and Ashleigh Whisenant shared the lead with 72s.
With her 70 on the second day, Jao-Javanil took a one stroke lead over Shelton heading into the final round.
But Shelton bogeyed two holes on the front nine Saturday while Jao-Javanil carded one birdie and eight pars to take a commanding lead. Shelton fired a 75 on the day.
Bunch shot a 74 on the final day after starting the round behind by two strokes.
A native of Thailand, Jao-Javanil is the first player in OU history to win an NCAA golf title.