ISU women’s golf to compete with just five golfers for remainder of season

Mike Randleman

With just five players on its roster, the ISU women’s golf team holds the unofficial title of being the smallest team at Iowa State.

The Cyclones were slated to have a roster of seven golfers to begin the 2014-2015 season, but with returning starter Carmen Vidau returning home to her native Spain and reserve Pimrawee Huang transferring to Marshall before the spring season, Iowa State has as many golfers as starting spots for the remainder of the spring season.

Despite the limited margin error for ISU coach Christie Martens’ team, she expressed confidence in the players she has and will not look to add a player. 

“It takes away a lot of question marks,” Martens said. “They all know that this is on me. There’s no one else that’s going to take over for me, I’ve got to find a way to get this done, so I think it’s positive in that way. I think it pushes them all to work harder.”

In the event of injury, illness or any outcome that would leave the team with only four players, Martens said the team will compete with only four, as four of five scores per round are counted for team scoring.

At season’s end, the Cyclones will lose four-year starter Chonlada Chayanun, who will be replaced by incoming freshman Parinda Phokan.

An average NCAA Division I golf roster typically will have seven to nine players, though it has not been announced if the team will look to expand its roster past five for the 2015-16 season.