Women’s golf improves from 14th to 7th at Schooner Classic


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Iowa State junior Ruby Chou hits a practice shot.

This weekend at the Schooner Fall Classic in Norman, Oklahoma, did not go as planned for the Iowa State women’s golf team. After the first day of play, the team found themselves in 13th place. Nonetheless, they were led by Karisa Chul-Ak-Sorn, who was tied at 15th overall.

After the second round Sunday, the team placed about where they were after day one and headed into the final day of play tied for 14th. However, despite the team being low in the rankings, Chul-Ak-Sorn was on the brink of history, tied for 8th at the end of the day.

Monday, however, improved for the team. A fire was lit underneath the golfers, and they played some of the best golf of their careers. The course was a par 70. All but one went under par on the day.

Chul-Ak-Sorn led the way at six under par, tying a school record with the lowest 18-hole course score. This was the first time a rookie had scored that low in Iowa State history.

Another school record that now belongs to her is the lowest 54-hole total at 201. Additionally, the team as a whole broke Iowa State’s team score for an 18-hole course at 266.

It was an eventful weekend for the Cyclones, who ended up finishing 7th overall, climbing the leaderboards from 14th in just one day of play. Their next matchup will be the Windy City Classic in Chicago on Oct. 3 and 4.