ISU women’s golf tied for 12th after round one of NCAA regionals


Senior Chonlada Chayanun competed in her final tournament as a Cyclone at the NCAA regional tournament in Raleigh, N.C. She tied for 12th place out of 96 golfers.

Mike Randleman

After one round at the NCAA regional tournament in Raleigh, N.C., the ISU women’s golf team may have to shift its focus from contending for a team title to just being in a position to advance to nationals.

The top six teams out of the 18 competing at Lonnie Pool Golf Course, host of one of four regional sites, will advance to the NCAA Championship. With 36 holes to go, No. 34 Iowa State finds itself on the outside looking in after a 15-over-par total of 303 put the team in a tie for 12th place.

Iowa State sits 15 shots behind leader No. 7 Louisiana State and is eight behind No. 2 South Carolina, which sits in sixth place.

The Cyclones likely only have one golfer in contention for medalist honors, and that comes in the form of senior Chonlada Chayanun.

Chayanun salvaged an up-and-down round with birdies on holes 17 and 18 to finish at even-par 72, four shots behind leader Madelene Sagstrom of Louisiana State.

Iowa State’s next best effort came from freshman Celia Barquin, who is tied for ninth place out of 96 golfers. She is tied for second in the field in par-5 scoring, playing the four par-5s in two-under-par.

Freshman Nattapan Siritrai, who carded a 77, is in a tie for 55th place overall.

Junior Cajsa Persson cruised through her front nine, playing it in one-under-par, but a disastrous back nine of 44 dropped her to a tie for 80th with a round of 79.

Freshman M.J. Kamin is tied for 86th, though her round of 81 was not considered for team scoring.

Second round play will begin Friday, with the third and final round set for Saturday.