Cyclones lead after first day of Big 12 Championships

Daily Staff

The ISU women’s golf team is in first place after the first day of the Big 12 Championships in Lawrence, Kan., on Friday.

The Cyclones, who lead second-place Baylor by two strokes and third-place Oklahoma State by four, have kept the lead of the field of 10 teams for more than half of the day.

“I am really happy with how we played today,” coach Christie Martens said in a news release. “We have really talked about staying tough in bad conditions and finishing strong, and we did a great job of that today. It got super windy late in the round, and they kept their focus. You certainly didn’t think 311 would be in the lead after the first round.”

Sasikarn On-iam, who turned 21 on Friday, leads the team, currently tied for first place with 75 strokes after her birthday performance.

“She will always remember this,” Martens said of On-iam’s performance. “She had a couple of bad holes early in the round and did a great job fighting back from it.”

On-iam is currently tied with Baylor’s Hayley Davis and Oklahoma’s Chirapat Jao-Javanil.

Punpaka Phuntumabamrung and Prima Thammaraks are currently tied for 10th place, each having shot 78 on the first day.

The Cyclones will vie to keep their lead for the final two days of the Big 12 Championships, which will conclude Sunday.