Banchalee Theinthong led the way for Minnesota in a tie for 13th.
Minnesota picked up its first win since the 2007-08 season this week in Utah
Thitiratanakorn's tournament score of 214 is the third best-ever at Minnesota while her two-under was a career best.
Thitiratanakorn paced the Gophers through the first day of play including a career-best, three-under par 69 round.
The team's 869 ties the program record for a 54-hole score
Michele Redman is set to begin her third season as the head coach of the University of Minnesota women's golf program. Redman officially joined the "U" family in August of 2011.
Redman, who competed on the LPGA Tour for 20 years, is a graduate of Indiana University, where she was a four-time All-Big Ten selection, a two-time All-American and the medalist of the 1987 Big Ten Championships.
Redman led the team in stroke average in two of her four seasons in Bloomington and helped the Hoosiers claim two Big Ten Conference titles. IU also competed in three NCAA Championships in her time on campus, including an 11th place finish at the 1985 Championships.
"I am so excited to be selected as the new Head Coach for the University of Minnesota Women's Golf program," said Redman, who now resides in Minnesota. "It is an honor for which I am truly grateful. I feel privileged to be able to guide and encourage young women as student-athletes throughout their college experience."