ISU golfer Chayanun named Iowa State Female Athlete of the Year


Photo: William Deaton/Iowa State Daily

Head coach Christie Martins hugs Chonlada Chayanun after finishing round two of the 2013 Big 12 Women’s Golf Championship at the Harvester on April 20, 2013, in Rhodes, Iowa.

Mike Randleman

After the strongest statistical season in ISU women’s golf history in 2014-2015, recently graduated senior Chonlada Chayanun has been recognized on a university-wide level.

On Thursday, Chayanun was named Iowa State Female Athlete of the Year, the first time an ISU women’s golfer earned the honor since Beth Bader did so in 1996.

The four-year starter from Nakhon Ratchaslma, Thailand, has the most accomplished resume in program history as she owns the program record for a 73.09 single season stroke average, set this year; career stroke average (74.71); 54-hole score (209) and 18-hole score (65).

In 2014-2015, Chayanun notched her lone career victory at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic in February and placed in the top 10 in four events.

The All-Big 12 Tournament team member finished the season ranked No. 61 by Golfweek.

Since graduating in May, Chayanun is preparing for the first stage of the LPGA Tour qualifying tournament, which begins in August.