On-Iam leads Cyclones to fifth-place finish

Mark Schafer

It took five tournaments, but ISU golfer Sasikarn On-Iam was finally able to finish as the best Cyclone golfer at an event this year.

On-Iam finished in ninth place at the Landmark Tradition in Wilmington, N.C., this past weekend to record her best finish of the year in the last fall tournament of the year for the team.

“She has been working really hard to improve her stroke count,” said assistant coach Pina Gentile. “She had three really good rounds, and overall she had performed well in the tournament.”

On-Iam’s three-round score of 226 was not only the best score for Iowa State, it was also her best three-round score of the year.

“I really hit the ball well and was able to concentrate on my shots during the tournament,” On-Iam said after the tournament. “I just need to focus on a few areas to work on during the long break.”

During the Landmark Tradition, the Cyclones were not only focused on earning their best overall score for the tournament but also continue their success that they found during the Lady Northern Invitational two weeks earlier, where the team finished fourth.

“We learned a lot at our last tournament and had a week off to work on several areas of the game to improve our results,” Gentile said. “We saw some signs of improvement, but still have areas, overall, that we will work on over the winter.”

Prima Thammaraks, who finished the tournament in a tie for 24th with teammate Kristin Paulson, said with this being the last tournament until February that the team all wanted to improve on their results from previous tournaments.

“Since we won’t have another tournament until February, we all wanted the best result we could get,” Thammaraks said. “You don’t want your last tournament to be your worst.”

Thammaraks, who had been the team leader for two of the earlier tournaments, finished third overall on the team for a score.

Paulson had the same overall round score but won the tiebreaker based on individual round scores to finish second among ISU golfers this weekend.

On-Iam said she is happy with her progress throughout the semester, but admits practice is key to backing up her score in future tournaments.

“Practice will be an important part during the break,” On-Iam said. “If you don’t practice, then you won’t do as well in future tournaments.”

Gentile also stresses that practice will be important for the whole team during the break, especially after an up and down fall season.

“Now that we have a break, practice will become the most important aspect for the entire team,” Gentile said. “We weren’t able to have as consistent results as we wanted throughout the fall, so that is something we will work on before February.”