Women's Golf

Laurin Kanda
Laurin Kanda


Chico, Calif.

High School:
Pleasant Valley



Fall 2002: Led the Illini with a fall stroke average of 76.71 ? Illinois? top finisher in three out of five tournaments ? Had two Top 10 finishes and finished in the Top 25 in all five tournaments ? Highest finish was third place at the Pat Bradley Championship ? Finished ninth with a season-low 54-hole score of 223 at the Shootout at The Legends ? Low rounds of the fall were even-par 72s recorded at both the Shootout at The Legends and the Pat Bradley Championship ? Enters the Spring 2003 season with the second-lowest career stroke average in school history, 77.66.

2001-02: Played in all 11 tournaments and led the Illini with a 77.3 stroke average on the season, the sixth-best single-season average in school history ? Earned third Varsity ?I? letter ? Illinois? top finisher in six tournaments on the year ? Recorded three Top 10 finishes and nine Top 25 finishes individually ? Highest individual finish was fourth at the Lady Razorback Invitational ? Also tallied fifth place finishes at the Indiana Invitational and the Illini Spring Classic ? Shot a season-low round of even-par 72 at the Lady Northern ? Shot a season?s-best 54-hole score of 225 at the Shootout at The Legends ? Academic All-Big Ten ? NGCA All-Scholar Team ? Verizon/CoSIDA Second Team Academic-All District ??Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar.

2000-01: Played in all 11 tournaments, earning her second Varsity ?I? letter ? Led the team with a stroke average of 79.0 on the year ? Shot the lowest round of her career, a 1-under par 71, at the Arkansas-Little Rock Lady Trojan Invitational ? Recorded two Top 10 and five Top 20 finishes on the season ? Shot a career-low 54-hole score of 4-over par 220 at Arkansas-Little Rock to place sixth, her highest individual finish of the season ? Placed eighth at the Central District Classic ? Academic All-Big Ten ? NGCA All-Scholar Team.

1999-2000: Earned her first Varsity ?I? letter and led the team with a season stroke average of 76.85, the fourth-best single-season average in school history ? Shot the lowest rounds of the year, even par 72, at the Springlake Intercollegiate and the Big Ten Championship ? Recorded the lowest 72-hole tournament score in school history, a 295, en route to a tie for fifth place at the Big Ten Championship ? Tied for second at the Wolverine Invitational with a two-round total of 155 ? Tied for third place three times including the Hatter Fall Classic (154), Springlake Intercollegiate (148) and the Illini Spring Classic (153) ? One of two members of the Illinois squad to participate in all 11 tournaments ? Carded five Top 10 finishes.

High School: Finished first in the Pleasant Valley Invitational all four years ? Section champion all four years ? Finished second in the High School Championships her senior year ? Recorded a 76.5 stroke average ? Basketball MVP her freshman year ? Earned Student Academic Awards all four years ? Graduated in the Top two percent of her class.

Personal: Born Nov. 10, 1980 ? Daughter of Shigeo and Louise Kanda ? Majoring in accounting ? Three-time George Huff Award Winner ? Student Athlete Advisory Board representative ? Has two older sisters and three older brothers ? Hobbies include traveling, cooking and spending time with family and friends ? Worked for Titleist in Carlsbad, Calif. over the summer.

Kanda's Career Statistics:

Year       Rounds    Shots    Avg.    Low Round
1999-2000    27      2,085    77.22      72 (Twice)
2000-2001    26      2,055    79.04      71
2001-2002    30      2,319    77.30      72
Fall 2002    14      1,074    76.71      72 (Twice)
Total        97      7,533    77.66      71