Alumni host triumphant women’s golf team

Posted on Oct 30, 2013 in News and Sports

The KU women’s golf team concluded its fall season Oct. 28 with a victory at the Palmetto Intercollegiate on Kiawah Island, S.C., where Jayhawk hospitality helped Coach Erin O’Neil and her team prepare for the tournament.

Following an Oct. 26 practice round on the Turtle Point Golf Course, the Jayhawks enjoyed a team dinner at the home of Russ, c’63, and Ann Brownfield Crane, d’63. The Cranes and KU friends Bob, b’57, and Twila Jackson welcomed the women for a relaxing evening before the first competitive round began Oct. 27. Following two days of competition, Russ Crane called the Alumni Association to report the score: “They won by three strokes–we’re sure it was the lasagna,” he joked.


Ann and Russ Crane flank KU’s golfers in a photo from their dinner Oct. 26. Back row: Head Coach Erin O’Neil, Meghan Potee, Pornvipa Sakdee, Minami Levonowich. Front row: Yupaporn Kawinpakorn, Thanuttra Boonraksasat, Assistant Coach Katy Nahm.

Of course, all credit goes to the team, led by freshman Pornvipa Sakdee, who finished fourth overall. Her teammates all finished in the top 25 as well, a season-best performance for the Jayhawks. The Palmetto title was the team’s second during the fall season.

“I was really proud of how this team came together last weekend,” says assistant coach Katy Nahm. “The team has put themselves in the position to win all fall, and it was great to see them pull through and handle the pressure of leading in the final round.

“We are always very thankful for being Jayhawks, but we were overwhelmed with the support we had this weekend from Russ and Ann. We really enjoyed getting to know them, along with Bob and Twila Jackson. It is great to play a tournament away from Lawrence and have people come out to support and cheer you on.  We look forward to seeing them again in the spring at the Briar’s Creek Invitational.  We are very blessed to be a part of the Jayhawk family.”

The team will begin spring competition Feb. 14-16 at the Florida State Matchup in Tallahassee.

–Jennifer Jackson Sanner

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Jayhawks in Tar Heel country

Posted on Aug 27, 2013 in News and Sports

The Schooner Pride, a magnificent  84-foot tall ship, set sail from Charleston Harbor Aug. 25 with 20 Jayhawks aboard for a glorious two-hour afternoon cruise. The crew graciously allowed novices to hoist the sails, and as the excursion concluded, Russ Crane, c’63, who grew up sailing on Kansas lakes and now volunteers in a sailing program to help U.S. military veterans, helped steer the ship back to the harbor. The cruise began and ended with the Rock Chalk Chant, followed by a brief update on KU news from Jennifer Sanner and Dan Storey of the Alumni Association. Dan captured video of the event, which is sure to become a tradition for the Charleston Chapter, led by David Perrett, c’93.

The Association’s tour of the Carolinas began with the Charlotte Alumni Reception Aug. 23 at the Olde Mecklenburg Brewery. Thirty Jayhawks, spanning the classes of 1949 through 2012, heard the latest from the Hill, including the women’s track and field national championship; the construction of Rock Chalk Park for track and field, soccer and softball; and the project to restore the canopy of trees that graced Jayhawk Boulevard in decades past. Alumni were especially pleased to hear about the University’s growing efforts in the recruitment of legacy students  nationwide and throughout Kansas, including the Jayhawk Generations Scholarship for academically qualifying out-of-state students from KU families. Jennifer Shoemaker, c’04, shared information about upcoming events in Charlotte, and Steve Ellsworth, b’49, son of the Alumni Association’s longtime executive director Fred Ellsworth, c’22, traveled with his wife, Bobbie, from their home in Rock Hill, S.C., for the event.

Forty Central North Carolina Jayhawks gathered at the serene wooded home of Randy Marcuson, c’74, and his wife, Linda, Aug. 24 for the chapter’s annual summer picnic, featuring barbecue and all the fixings; beverages, including home-brewed beer provided by David Danner, j’85; and Linda’s homemade brownies. Victoria Shropshire, c’96, invited her fellow Jayhawks to football watch parties in Greensboro and Winston-Salem, and other members planned to re-establish a watch site in Raleigh. Cooled by Carolina breezes and warmed by KU camaraderie, the crowd lingered well into the afternoon.

The weekend was a perfect finale to the 2013 ’Hawk Days of Summer!

–Jennifer Jackson Sanner

Pictures from each event are available on our Flickr site. Click here for pictures of the Charleston harbor tour, the Charlotte reception and the central North Carolina picnic.

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