Iowa State stands still on day two while Chayanun propels herself into top 10


Photo: William Deaton/Iowa State

Head coach Christie Martins hugs Chonlada Chayanun after finishing round two of the 2013 Big 12 Women’s Golf Championship at the Harvester on April 20, 2013, in Rhodes, Iowa.

Max Dible

The ISU women’s golf team was stationary on day two of the NCAA Championships, but junior Chonlada Chayanun swung her way to the front of the pack in the individual competition.

No. 23 Iowa State started the second round in 22nd place — the exact same position in which it found itself at the round’s conclusion.

The Cyclones may have even lost traction as a team were in not for Chayanun’s 1-under-par 69, which vaulted her into a tie for 8th place halfway through the tournament.

It was the first time in program history that an ISU golfer shot an under-par round in an NCAA postseason tournament.

“She played awesome again today, which was exciting to see,” ISU head coach Christie Martens said in a press release. “She stayed super confident and putted great.”

Chayanun added that her putting was what saved her from some poor chipping efforts, which could have cost Iowa State’s leader in the clubhouse precious strokes.

The weather cooperated a bit more May 21 as the wind died down, allowing improved scoring across the championship board. However, the Cyclones were unable to gain any ground as a team.

Senior Sasikarn On-iam shot a 5-over 75, tying her for 102nd place out of 126 golfers through two rounds.

Freshman Carmen Vidau followed her round-one 76 with a 77 in round two and is currently tied for 82nd.

Senior Prima Thammaraks struggled mightily in her first five holes, starting 8-over and carding both a double and triple bogey, the latter coming on her first hole of the day.

Somehow, the ISU veteran put herself back together, finishing three-under through the final ten holes to earn herself a mark of 77 and a tie for 112th place halfway through the championships.

Sophomore Cajsa Persson tallied a 78 in round two and is currently tied for 97th place.

Iowa State (604) now sits 29 shots off of the leading team Oklahoma State. Chayanun (141) is six strokes behind the individual leader, Alexandra Kaui of Oklahoma.

The Cyclones have a morning tee-off for round three May 22.