Tangtiphaiboontana Named Flag Bearer At World University Games
Aug. 18, 2007
STANFORD, Calif.- Former Cardinal standout Jennifer Tangtiphaiboontana (Long Beach, Calif.) was elected flag bearer for Team USA at the Closing Ceremonies of the 2007 Summer World University Games. Selected by team captains, she will lead the U.S. delegation into tonight's event at Rajamangala Stadium.
Tangtiphaiboontana helped the U.S. women's golf team to a bronze medal in competition at this year's Universiade. She finished fourth individually in the tournament with a four-round score of 299, including a one-under-par 71 in both the second and fourth rounds.
'It's a great honor,' said Tangtiphaiboontana. 'It's the best way to cap off this great experience. I've never really played in an event where I represented the USA, which makes this such a huge honor and I'm super excited.'
Tangiphaiboontana, whose parents moved to the U.S. from Thailand, graduated from Stanford University this past spring with a degree in biology. She played four seasons on the Cardinal golf team, and in her senior season she earned All-Pac 10 Second Team honors as well as all-region accolades. She also received the 2007 Pac-10 Sportsmanship Award.
Golf made its first appearance at the World University Games as the local organizing committee, NBOC, elected to add the sport to the competition program. The women's team also included Mary Jacobs (Godfrey, Ill./Arizona) and Selanee Henderson (Apple Valley, Calif./UC Irvine). The U.S. men were represented by Aaron Goldberg (Encinitas, Calif./San Diego State), Ryan Brehm (Mount Pleasant, Mich./Michigan State) and Braxton Marquez (Scottsdale, Ariz./Scottsdale C.C.).
The Closing Ceremonies are set to begin at 6 p.m. local.
For more information and complete event results, visit www.bangkok2007.com.
The 2007 Summer World University Games run from August 8-18. Team USA consists of 144 athletes - 68 women and 76 men. Overall, more than 140 countries are participating, and nearly 8,000 athletes competing. The World University Games or Universiade, which include both summer and winter versions, are held every two years for student-athletes between the ages of 17 and 28. Eligible athletes must be registered for a full course of study at a university or have obtained their degrees within a year of the Games. The World University Games, sponsored by FISU, the International University Sport Federation, bring together top collegiate athletes from around the world for 11 days of competition in a multi-sport Olympic-style event. The U.S. entered the Summer World University Games for the first time in 1965 and hosted the 1993 Games in Buffalo, N.Y.