Women’s golf looks to hang on at NCAA Regionals with 18 holes to go

Mike Randleman

With 18 holes remaining, the prospect of the ISU women’s golf team making its first appearance at the NCAA National Championship hangs in the balance at the West NCAA Regional in Cle Elum, Washington.

Needing a top-eight finish to advance to Nationals, No. 27 Iowa State is in sole possession of eighth place, but only one place ahead of ninth-place No. 47 Wisconsin.

With a 17-over-par second round of 305, the Cyclones have posted a 36-hole total of 29-over-par 605, 27 shots behind co-leaders No. 1 Southern California and No. 6 Arizona State.

With chances of a team title by the wayside, Iowa State will look to remain inside the coveted top eight come Saturday’s end.

Leading the way on a cool, blustery second round for Iowa State was junior Chonlada Chayanun and Sasikarn On-iam. The two Thais have posted mirroring rounds of 77 and 74 in the first two rounds and are tied for 30th place individually with a seven-over-par total of 151.

Both shot four shots better than the course average in the second round (78.41).

Posting Iowa State’s next best score was sophomore Cajsa Perrson. Persson posted a four-over-par 76 and is tied for 45th place with a 153 total.

Also with a 153 total is senior Prima Thammaraks. After leading the way in round one with a 73, Thammaraks could not keep the momentum going and posted an 80 in round two.

Rounding out the starting lineup was freshman Carmen Vidau. Like Thammaraks, Vidau posted a solid first round, finishing with a 74, but could not back it up. In round two Vidau recorded an 84 and is tied for 81st out of 126 golfers.

In the final round on Saturday, eighth-place Iowa State (+29) will be paired with seventh-place Texas A&M (+27) and ninth-place Wisconsin (+30). The three teams will be the first groups of the day to tee off beginning at 7:30 a.m. PDT (9:30 CDT).