Chayanun owns three-shot lead after round one in Puerto Rico

Mike Randleman

After ISU golfer Chonlada Chayanun finished the UCF Challenge on Feb. 10 with a nine-over-par round of 81, she said her confidence was not shaken from a poor showing in an otherwise successful tournament.

At the Lady Puerto Rico Classic on Feb. 15, her actions backed up her words as she bounced back to post a six-under-par round of 66 at the Rio Mar Country Club in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.

Chayanun’s effort, which was one shot shy of tying a school record, kept No. 33 Iowa State (Golfweek) in the mix among a field that features five top-25 opponents.

The Cyclones posted a five-over-par total of 293 and are tied with No. 79 Texas Christian for third place out of 15 teams with two rounds to play.

The Horned Frogs and Cyclones are three shots behind leader No. 6 Arkansas and two shots behind second place, held by No. 30 Kent State.

Individually, Chayanun is in first place by three shots and was one of seven golfers out of a field of 82 with a sub-par round.

Freshman Celia Barquin posted a two-over-par round of 74 and is tied for 20th place.

Fellow freshman Nattapan Siritrai is in the middle of the pack after she recorded a 76.

Also in the middle of the pack is junior Cajsa Persson. She is tied for 45th place after a 77.

Freshman M.J. Kamin finished with an 81, though her score did not qualify for team scoring. She is tied for 67th place.

The second round of the Lady Puerto Rico Classic is set to begin at 6 a.m. Feb. 16. The third and final round will begin Feb. 17.