Minami Levonowich of Hilton Head Island, S.C., and graduate of IJGA class of 2011, led University of Kansas during the NCAA Central Regionals in Stillwater, Okla., May 8-10, 2014. During the second round, Levonowich contributed an eagle and three birdies to the team’s total, placing the Jayhawks in 10th place overall going into the final round. She led the charge during the third day to score a tournament-total of 222 (+6) which landed her in a tie for 19th individually and KU tied for fifth. The Jayhawks top-eight finish guaranteed their entry into the NCAA Championship which will be their first appearance since 1990 when they qualified automatically by winning the Big Eight Championship.
“The team played with a lot of heart,” head coach Erin O’Neil said. “Our seniors stepped up and really played a solid round in tough conditions today. Minami (Levonowich) finished strong as well and played her last four holes two-under par.”
Levonowich began her collegiate career attending Kennesaw State University for a year before transferring to KU to play the Spring 2013 season. After her first full year with KU, she has been named to the 2014 Academic All-Big 12 First Team. To qualify for Academic All-Big 12 honors, student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 grade point average (GPA) or higher, either cumulative or for the two previous semesters, and must have participated in 60 percent of their team’s scheduled contests. Levonowich is joined on the Academic All-Big 12 by two of her teammates.
“All three do an excellent job of balancing the demands of traveling and missing classes and are driven to do well in the classroom,” O’Neil said. “Meghan will graduate from KU next month and is planning on going to dental school. Like Meghan, Mook and Minami are conscientious and hard-working with their studies.”
The first round has begun for the NCAA Championships and IJGA students will be watching closely as their former classmates strive to achieve their goals.