Cyclones finish 6th at SunTrust Invitational

Dan Martin

The ISU women’s golf team tied for sixth at the SunTrust Invitational, held Monday and Tuesday. Seventeen teams participated in the tournament, nine of which were ranked in the top 50 in the country. The University of Florida was the host of the tournament, played in Gainesville, Fla.

The first round of the 54-hole event kicked off Monday morning. The No. 11 Cyclones found themselves down quickly, but by the end of the first 18 holes, Iowa State was in 10th place after carding a 302.

The Cyclones had a better showing later in the day, shooting a 294 in the second round. The second-round effort pushed them to fourth place at the end of the day, with a 596 total. Florida was in first with a 572.

The Cyclones were unable to find their touch consistently and carded a 305 on the final 18. The Cyclones’ 305 total was good for a three-way tie for sixth place with No. 46 Coastal Carolina and No. 35 Chattanooga.

Senior Laurence Herman led the way for the Cyclones, shooting a 224 to tie for 19th individually. Kristen Paulson tied for 21st with a 225. Prima Thammaraks tied for 25th with a 227. Punpaka Phuntumabamrung tied for 35th with a 229, and Victoria Stefansen tied for 51st with a 233.

The sixth-place finish is unfamiliar territory for the Cyclones, as they have finished no worse than fourth all year. They started off the spring on fire beating No. 4 LSU and taking No. 1 Alabama to the wire.

The Cyclones are back in action March 15-16 at the Triangular Match in Phoenix.