NORMAN — Oklahoma women's golf coach Veronique Drouin-Luttrell sat in her office in 2010 with Chirapat Jao-Javanil, selling her program to the then-recruit from Thailand.
“I told her that I really thought she could be the first first-team All-American to ever play at OU,” Drouin-Luttrell said.
Two years later, Jao-Javanil has accomplished that very feat, earning first-team All-America honors after becoming OU's first women's golf individual national champion.
“I think she remembered that moment,” Drouin-Luttrell said. “At the time I don't think she really knew what it meant, but now she is a first-team All-American.”
Jao-Javanil won the NCAA title last weekend in Franklin, Tenn., defeating runner-up Brooke Pancake of Alabama by four strokes. Her performance lifted OU's team, ranked 28th nationally entering the tournament, to a tie for sixth place out of 24 teams competing, just nine shots behind team champion Alabama.
Jao-Javanil entered the tournament ranked 59th.
“Mentally, I changed in a way,” she said. “I kind of stopped looked at the scores ... and just wanted to have fun playing golf. I think that helped me excel in striking the ball and making putts. When you take the pressure out of the game, then the fluidity starts coming and I start to score better.
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