Darkness halts Cyclones’ momentum on Day 1 at WCC


Sophomore golfer Charley Jacobs watches the flight of the ball during a chipping drill April 5 at the Cyclone Sports Complex. The Australian native finished her prep career in the top 500 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings.

Spencer Schultz

Iowa State women’s golf responded to a below-average opening round Monday by storming up the team leaderboard in the second round at the Windy City Collegiate in Evanston, Illinois.

A first round score of 311 (+23) put the Cyclone women in 13th place midway through Day 1. Similar to the other tournaments this season, their second round score was much better. Coach Christie Martens’ side shot +9 to end the day at +32 overall before play was halted due to darkness. A top-five finish remains realistic for the team, as they are four strokes behind Oregon. 

Taglao Jeeravivitaporn continues to be the Cyclones’ most consistent golfer, as she’s in fourth place. Jeeravivitaporn’s four birdies on the front nine in the second round propelled her to -1. She sits in contention as Texas’ Bohyun Park sits atop the individual leaderboard at -4. Warda Amira Rawof is second amongst the Cyclone golfers, as she ranks tied-for-12th overall at +5.

Liyana Durisic, ISU’s all-time career stroke average leader, carried her ups-and-downs from the Schooner Fall Classic into this event. Just like that event, the opening nine holes made it nearly impossible for her to contend for her second win of the season. Durisic had a double bogey and five bogeys, leading to a score of +7 to start the day. She shot +2 over the remaining 27 holes and is tied-for-39th.

ISU’s lack of positive results from their fourth golfer once again hurt the Cyclones. Charley Jacobs (+19) and June Song (+20) are outside of the top-70 heading into Day 2.

The Windy City Collegiate wraps up Tuesday, as Stanford heads into the day with a two stroke lead over Texas at +7. Florida, Virginia, and Oregon round out the top five.