Chayanun tied for 13th place, ISU women’s golf in 22nd after Day 1 at NCAA Championship

Mike Randleman

On a bunched leaderboard at the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championships, the ISU women’s golf team finds itself in 22nd place out of 24 teams after 18 holes.

On a hot, windy day in Tulsa, Okla., at the Tulsa Country Club, the No. 24 Cyclones had trouble keeping up with the nation’s elite.

Despite their spot on the leaderboard, only 18 shots separate the Cyclones from first place, and they sit only six shots outside the top 10.

Keeping Iowa State afloat in the first round on May 20 was junior Chonlada Chayanun.

Chayanun was the steadiest ISU starter, carding 10 straight pars to begin her round on a course where plenty of bogeys or worse were there to be had.

On her back nine, Chayanun posted one birdie and three bogeys to finish with a round of two-over-par 72. That number is good enough for a tie for 13th place and is five shots off of the lead in the individual national championship race.

Iowa State’s next best round came from freshman Carmen Vidau. Entering the tournament as the team’s fifth scoring option, Vidau stepped up to play even-par golf on her back nine en route to a round of 76, good for a tie for 54th place.

Sophomore Cajsa Persson nearly matched Vidau, posting a 77. She is tied for 70th place.

Rounding out Iowa State’s starting lineup were seniors Sasikarn On-iam and Prima Thammaraks. Both struggled to find momentum on the day, posting rounds of 81.

In the second of four rounds on May 21, Iowa State will tee off in the afternoon wave beginning at 12:56 p.m. after teeing off during the morning wave in round one.

Iowa State will once again be grouped with No. 18 Virginia (tied for 13th, +23) and No. 29 Kansas (24th, +13).