Iowa State women’s golf team takes fourth at Lady Northern Invitational

Dan Martin

The ISU women’s golf team is heading home from Glencoe, Ill., with a fourth place overall finish at the Lady Northern Invitational.

Play commenced early Monday morning, as teams teed off with a shotgun-style start. The Cyclones, who entered the tournament as the No. 32 team in the nation, got off to a slow start, firing a 304 in the first round.

Going into the second round in seventh place, Iowa State began to find its swing. The team shot a combined 294 in the second round, finishing the day in sixth place.

Leading the way for the Cyclones on day one was Punpaka Phuntumabamrung and Laurence Herman. They exited day one tied for 10th place with a 146. Also shooting a 146 for Iowa State was Kristen Paulson, who competed apart from the team as an individual.

No. 6 Purdue led the way on the opening day and finished on top with a combined score of 572. No. 21 Ohio State ended in second, shooting a 580 for the opener.

Round three started at 8 a.m. Tuesday. The third round would be the last 18 holes of the tournament for teams to make their final push on the leader boards.

The Cyclones saved their best golf for last as they shot a 289. At one point in the round, the team was at four under par, but finished the round at one over par. The Cyclones final round effort bumped them up to fourth place for the tournament with a final score of 887.

The Cyclones easily bested in-state rival Iowa, who finished 11th out of the 12 teams. The Cyclones’ fourth place finish is the their best at the Lady Northern Invitational in the past three years. Two years ago they finished ninth, and last year in fifth-place.

Purdue dominated all tournament long, shooting a final round 286 to easily secure first place with a total score of 858. Northwestern took second with a score of 875, and Ohio State placed third, shooting a 883.

Leading the way for the Cyclones all tournament were Phuntumabamrung and Herman. They both shot 71 in the final round, placing them as two members of a three-way tie for seventh place with a total score of 217.

Kristin Paulson secured 10th place shooting a 218. Sasikarn On-Iam ended the tournament tied for 22nd shooting a 223, Victoria Stefansen tied for 42nd with a 230 and Prima Thammaraks’ 232 landed her tie for 48th place.

Lauren Weaver of Northwestern University took first place overall with a total score of 208. Coming in four strokes behind her was Purdue’s Laura Gonzalez, ranked as the No. 33 golfer in the nation.

The 12-team invitational was played at Lake Shore Country Club, a 6,303-yard, par-72 course. Northwestern University hosted the tournament.

Next up for the Cyclones is the Challenge at Onion Creek on Nov. 1 and 2 in Austin, Texas.