Women’s golf tied for seventh after first round at NCAA Regionals

Mike Randleman

The ISU women’s golf team is looking to make its first appearance in program history at the NCAA National Championship, and is in position to do so after one round at the West NCAA Regional in Cle Elum, Washington.

With the top eight teams in the 24-team field earning a spot at Nationals, No. 27 Iowa State finds itself in a tie for seventh place with a 12-over-par team total of 300.

Though Iowa State is in the coveted top-eight, seven teams lurk within six shots of the Cyclones with 36 holes yet to play.

In a segmented leaderboard, Iowa State is nine shots behind No. 7 Oklahoma and No. 23 Michigan State, which are tied for fifth place.

No. 1 Southern California was the pre-tournament favorite, and sits atop the leaderboard with a four-under-par total of 284. The Trojans also own the best individual score, a six-under-par round of 66 from Kyung Kim.

Leading the way for Iowa State was senior Prima Thammaraks with a one-over-par 73. Competing in her fourth NCAA Regional tournament, Thammaraks had the cleanest card on the team, finishing with just two bogies and one birdie versus 15 pars.

Thammaraks is tied for 19th place.

Aided by a three-under-par 33 on the back nine, freshman Carmen Vidau posted her third-lowest round of the year with a 74, posting Iowa State’s second-lowest score. Vidau is tied for 24th place.

Sophomore Cajsa Persson is tied for 45th-place with a round of 76.

Iowa State’s two All-Big 12 honorees, junior Chonlada Chayanun and senior Sasikarn On-iam, struggled to post a low number in round one. Each golfer posted rounds of 77, which ties them for 62nd place.

On a rainy day with temperatures in the 40s and 50s, all five Cyclones matched or exceeded the course scoring average of 77.10.

Iowa State will be grouped with Michigan State and Northwestern for the second time in round two, which begins at 11:50 a.m. PDT (1:50 p.m. CDT).

The third and final round will take place on Saturday.