Three Big Takeaways: Cyclones take fourth at Big 12 Championships

Iowa State women’s golf head coach Christie Martens (left) discusses a chipping drill with then-junior Taglao Jeeravivitaporn (right). Martens has led 21 different Cyclones to 46 All-Big 12 honors throughout her coaching career at Iowa State.

Iowa State women’s golf team was able to hold on and capture a fourth-place finish at the Big 12 Championships Sunday, securing the best finish in five seasons.

The Cyclones were able to hold off TCU but were not able to score low enough to catch up to Baylor.  

Iowa State shot a 294 (+10) in round three and finished with 887 (+35) overall. Iowa State finished four shots ahead of TCU and seven shots back of Baylor. 

Despite shooting 14 over par in round three, Texas was able to capture first place and win the Big 12 Championship.

No team was able to shoot under par in round three.

Leaders take over

Taglao Jeeravivitaporn and Liyana Durisic have been the most consistent golfers for the Cyclones this season, and they got back to that in round three. Jeeravivitaporn and Durisic both finished in the top-10 tied for 8th in the individual standings. 

Jeeravivitaporn was even after round one, seven over after round two and finished eight over. Durisic was four over in round one, seven over after round two and eight over after round three.

Sunday marked Jeeravivitaporn’s fifth top-10 finish this season and seventh in her career. Durisic got her third top-10 finish this year. She has five career top-10 finishes.

Jeeravivitaporn had no birdies on the front nine in round three but had three on the back nine. Durisic had two birdies on the front nine with none on the back nine.

Finishing strong

This is Iowa State’s best Big 12 Championship finish since the 2017-2018 season, when the Cyclones also finished fourth. Iowa State also had four players finish in the top-15.

Iowa State placed better than No. 50 Oklahoma, No. 31 TCU and No. 22 Texas Tech.

Warda Rawof finished her Big 12 Championship strong with her best round of the tournament. Rawof shot a 73 (+2) and finished tied for 13th. Rawof shot 10 over par through the tournament. 

Ruby Chou had a good tournament, finishing tied for 15th. Chou shot a 77 (+6) in round three and finished 11 over par overall.

Regionals await

In the 2020-2021 season, the Cyclones finished the Big 12 Championship eighth out of the nine teams. After that tournament, the Cyclones got placed in the Stanford regional.

But with as successful a spring season — four top-10 finishes — as Iowa State had, awaiting its NCAA regional fate seems safe.

You can tune in and find out with the team at 3 p.m. Wednesday on GOLF Channel (College Central).

If they make it, this will be the Cyclones’ 12th consecutive appearance in an NCAA regional.