ISU women’s golf in eighth, 11 shots off lead after day one of Big 12s

Mike Randleman

The ISU women’s golf team entered the Big 12 Championship with high sights, but will have work to do to finish near the top.

Entering the event as the third-highest-ranked team, No. 24 Iowa State finds itself in eighth place out of nine teams after 18 holes.

With a team total of 14-over-par, the Cyclones sit 11 shots behind the leader, No. 13 Oklahoma.

The UT Golf Club at Austin, Texas played tough for the entire field, yielding only seven under-par rounds and a course average of 75.41.

No Cyclones went under-par in round one, but junior Chonlada Chayanun’s round of one-over-par for a total of 73 has her within shouting distance of the individual co-leaders Chirapat Jao-Javanil of Oklahoma and Yupaporn Kawinpakorn of Kansas, who are at three-under-par.

Chayanun recorded a double-bogie, two bogies and three birdies and is tied for 12th place with 36 holes to go.

Her teammate, senior Sasikarn On-iam was the only other Cyclone to finish in the upper-half of the leaderboard. After a double-bogie on her opening hole, she bounced back to finish with a three-over-par total of 75, good for a tie for 16th place.

The remaining three starters, freshman Carmen Vidau, sophomore Cajsa Persson and senior Prima Thammaraks, all posted five-over par rounds of 77 and are tied for 29th-place out of 45 golfers.

Second round play will begin at 8 a.m., with Iowa State paired with ninth-place TCU and seventh-place No. 15 Oklahoma State. Third and final round play will be Sunday.