ISU women’s golf splits matches in Georgia

Mike Randleman

After first-round struggles that relegated the Iowa State women’s golf team to the lower of two match-play brackets, the No. 24 Cyclones had a mix of success and failure on Saturday at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic.

On Friday, the Cyclones finished in a tie for 11th place in the first round of stroke play that determined seeding for match play.

In a tournament that featured six top-25 teams, Iowa State and No. 20 Michigan State were the only two to miss the upper eight-team “Red” bracket.

Iowa State earned the four seed and faced the five seed, No. 110 Indiana, in round one.

The Cyclones appeared to have righted the ship against the Hoosiers, earning a dominating 4.5-0.5 sweep.

Freshman Carmen Vidau, sophomore Cajsa Persson, junior Chonlada Chayanun and senior Sasikarn On-iam all earned victories, while senior Prima Thammaraks halved her match.

On-iam and Persson both were one-under-par when their matches were decided early.

Three matches were won by four holes or more and the Cyclones appeared poised to give the Spartans a tough match in Saturday’s afternoon matchup.

Instead, the tables were turned. Iowa State avoided a sweep by the hands of Michigan State, but only mustered one victory. Prima Thammaraks earned a dominating seven-up win in her match, but the Cyclones lost 4-1.

Aside from Thammaraks, the other four ISU starters never had a lead in their matches against the Spartans and were forced to try to climb out of big deficits early.

Iowa State will have one final consolation match Sunday morning against No. 84 Troy.