Strong second round pushes ISU women’s golf to fourth place at Big 12s

Mike Randleman

On a bunched leaderboard, the ISU women’s golf team moved up four spots to fourth place after posting the third-best round Saturday at the Big 12 Championship.

With a 36-hole team total of 595, No. 24 Iowa State is at 19-over-par and 12 shots behind No. 13 Oklahoma.

Iowa State was one of the first teams to tee off Saturday morning and after finishing the round before the leaders, the Cyclones climbed one spot up to seventh place. As the day went on, the UT Golf Club course showed its teeth and Iowa State climbed up three more spots after its day was done.

Though 12 shots is a sizable deficit for a comeback victory, Iowa State is within single digits of second place No. 47 Texas (nine) and No. 40 Kansas (three).

A more likely victory for Iowa State is on the individual side. After an even-par round of 72, junior Chonlada Chayanun has a one-over-par total of 145, five shots behind Natalie Karcher of Texas.

Chayanun, who is tied for sixth place out of 45 golfers, is on pace for a season-best finish. She tied for seventh place at the UCF Challenge in February.

Senior Sasikarn On-iam posted a 73 in the second round and has a 148 total. On-iam is tied for 10th place and is on pace for her fourth top-25 finish at the Big 12 Championship.

Cajsa Persson matched Chayanun for the low ISU round of the day with an even-par 72, improving by five shots from her first round 77. With a 149 total, Persson is tied for 13th place.

Rounding out Iowa State’s starting lineup is freshman Carmen Vidau and senior Prima Thammaraks. Both posted 77 in the first round and 76 in the second. The pair are tied for 31st place.

Iowa State will be paired with fifth-place No. 39 Baylor and sixth-place No. 63 Texas Tech in the third and final round Sunday. Iowa State is one shot ahead of Baylor and six shots ahead of Texas Tech.