Lorelei's friend Ja is the 2012 NCAA National Women's Golf Individual Champion!
Lorelei was so humbled when she learned that the entire women's golf team from OU was playing in her honor this week in Nashville at the NCAA National Tournament. They all wore her green bracelets on their wrists and green "Do It For Lorelei" ribbons on their golf bags.
The team came in tied for 6th and one member of the team, Chirapat Jao-Javanil ("Ja") took the highest honor as the Individual Champion.
Here's the video of Ja's post win interview. The reporter asks her about Lorelei around 4:56 into the video.
Lorelei seemed to hit it off with Ja very quickly. Ja is from Thailand and met Lorelei when Lorelei served as a starter for the recent Bedlam Cup. All of the female golfers (both from OU and OSU) seemed drawn to Lorelei but Ja stood out for Lorelei. Maybe it has something to do with Lorelei's oldest sister Mimi being Asian. (Mimi is hilarious because anytime anyone refers to her as Asian she acts surprised like it's the first time she's heard that. Mimi was originally from Japan but completely identifies as a "Decker" after living with us.) Ja is a lot like Mimi. She's amazingly talented, brave and ambitious. And she thinks Lorelei is pretty wonderful too.
Ja even likes to post Asianified photos on instagram in the same way Lorelei's sister Mimi does--see photo to the right for an example of an Asianified picture.
Lorelei and Ja have plans to golf together this summer when Lorelei feels up to it. We wonder if God has sent Ja to bring Lorelei's golf scores down into the 80's but we know He also has a plan to make Himself known to Ja through Lorelei's witness. Thank you for praying for this.
And now since there is already one National Champion wearing Lorelei's green bracelet we can put even more pressure on Thunder coach Scotty Brooks. He's been wearing Lorelei's bracelet since Lorelei coached on April 24 and the Thunder has done very well. We're going down to San Antonio this weekend to remind the team that "Coach Lorelei" is still rooting for them. Thunder up! If there are two National Champions wearing green we're sure to be able to sell enough of these things to pay for all of Lorelei's treatment!
Posted on Fri, May 25, 2012
by Andrea Decker