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Three Big Takeaways: Iowa State finishes 15th at Stanford Intercollegiate

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Liyana Durisic hits a practice shot. (Courtesy of Iowa State Athletics)

The Cyclone women’s golf team continued their play on Sunday in their final day of play at the Stanford Intercollegiate, finishing 15th out of 19 teams involved.

Round two ended with the Cyclones sitting at 16th and a score of 590 with both of the first two rounds ending in scores of 295.

The tournament was an opportunity for the women’s golf team to end on a good note, as they entered with a less-than-ideal fall season to that point.

Tournament best

Round three was a big showing for the Cyclones as they dropped eight strokes from their previous round scores, ending with them at a score of 287 for the final round.

This score allowed the Cyclones to up their standings on the leaderboard, leading to a finish at 15th. The team also produced a mere three strokes over par for the Sunday round, which heavily contributed to a desirable finish.

Though the jump may not seem like much, this was one of the best looks for the Cyclones during the fall season. The Stanford Intercollegiate was filled with teams with immense talent, but the Cyclones refused to go down without a fight, netting them a performance that was their best in four tournaments.

A real leader

Sophomore Karisa Chul-Ak-Sorn had been the definitive best player for the Cyclones through the first three tournaments, and her performance at Stanford continued that trend.

Chul-Ak-Sorn finished in a tie for 14th place, matching her finishes for each of the three prior tournaments. Her final score came out to 213, which was seven strokes away from first place. Not only that, but she also managed a total of eleven birdies, second on the Cyclones, only behind senior Tess Blair.

It should be expected that Chul-Ak-Sorn will continue to perform as a top golfer for the Cyclones and it seems that a big spring season is coming for the sophomore.

Playing for a cause

The entire Stanford Intercollegiate was sponsored by the #PlayForHer charity, which set up a donation fund for each birdie made by the participating teams.

The Cyclones finished with a massive 45 birdies through all three days, which was the fifth most in the tournament.

Not only did the Cyclones put in a year’s best performance, but they also made a huge contribution to charity. The money donated for these birdies will be used to support breast cancer research.

The Cyclones improved during day three and put an optimistic cap on a season full of undesirable finishes.

With the end of the Stanford Intercollegiate, the Cyclones concluded their fall season and entered a long hiatus before their spring season. The spring season will open Feb. 4 at the UCF Challenge in Orlando.

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