Women’s golf prepares for Windy City Collegiate Classic

Mark Schafer

The first two tournaments of the year have been met with mixed results for the ISU women’s golf team.

The Cyclones hope to find success as they start the Windy City Collegiate Classic — where the team finished second last year — led by strong play by Prima Thammaraks.

“We have had a strong tournament, but we need to continue improving to keep our scores where we want them,” said assistant coach Pina Gentile. “It is the second- and third-round scores, that is where we need to focus on getting better, lower scores.”

The team finished fourth in its first tournament of the year, the Dale McNamara Invitational in Tulsa, Okla., with strong play by freshman Chonlada Chayanun, who led the team with a seventh-place finish overall.

In the next tournament, it was Chayanun who once again led the team, but this time her three-round score was only good enough for a tie for 14th.

In the two previous tournaments, the second- and third-round scores were where the team struggled a bit and where the team wants to improve.

After the first round at the McGuire Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M., the Cyclones were in a tie for fifth. After the next two rounds, the team fell to seventh, where it finished the tournament.

“We didn’t hit the ball as well as we wanted, and because of that we weren’t able to do that well,” Thammaraks said. “Practice should help make our game more successful.”

This week’s tournament will be the second time that Iowa State will compete against one of its strong conference foes.

Oklahoma State, which won the season-opening tournament, will be at the tournament this week as well. Other Big 12 schools scheduled to attend the tournament are Texas and Texas Tech, which Iowa State will see for the first time.

“As far as competition goes, we’ve seen most of the schools before and that could play into our advantage knowing what schools are strong,” Gentile said. “So this week should be a strong test for our team.”

Three of the teams that Iowa State competed against last week will be in attendance this weekend. Texas Christian and Northwestern both were at the previous tournament and finished ahead of the Cyclones in the final standings. New Mexico was also at the tournament but finished one spot below Iowa State in the final standings.

“I hope that some of the success will follow us into this year,” Gentile said. “This week brings confidence to the team, so that is something that I think our team needs.”

The women’s golf team will be in action from the Windy City Collegiate Classic on Monday and Tuesday.