Cyclones End Fall Season Ranked 19th Nationally
AMES, Iowa – Iowa State head women’s golf coach Christie Martens has her team on a quest for a school-record fifth-straight NCAA Regional appearance, as the Cyclones ended the fall season ranked 19th nationally according to Golfweek.
ISU’s ranking is well deserved. The team plays one of the most strenuous schedules in the nation having already faced 20 teams ranked in the nation’s top-30. Martens felt the tough schedule will help her squad down the road.
“It’s huge for our team to step up and go head-to-head against teams like USC and UCLA, two of the premier programs in the nation,” Martens said. “We are competing with them and our scores aren’t that far away. It’s hard, because obviously we are not winning tournaments every week while we have a team that is capable of doing that. Just competing with those teams will help us get better in every aspect.”
ISU’s fall campaign was extremely successful. The Cyclones finished third at the Dick McGuire Invitational, sixth at the Windy City Collegiate Classic and fourth at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invite.
Martens was pleased with the results.
“Overall we saw a lot of things to be excited about,” Martens said. “Obviously, Cajsa (Persson) played some great golf. We saw some moments of brilliance from a lot of players and our seniors stepped up. We saw some bright spots, but there also some areas we need to improve on. I think that is good for our team that we don’t feel we have accomplished everything that we can. They all know the areas they have to improve and we are going to get better both individually and as a team.”
Persson had in incredible start to her sophomore season. The All-Big 12 performer from Sweden is looking to shatter Punpaka Phuntumabamrung’s record for stroke average in a season (74.4) by recording a 73.08 scoring mark in the fall. Persson is ranked 51st nationally by Golfweek behind three top-10 finishes in four fall events.
Persson became the first Cyclone in school history to record back-to-back sub-70 scores when she shot consecutive 69s at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational. Her 210 total in the same tournament also broke the school record 54-hole scoring mark.
“Cajsa took a big leap in all aspects of her game,” Martens said. “She is a very mature player and she is fun to work with and is a super positive person. If she continues to take the steps she has made, she could be an All-American.”
Senior leaders Prima Thammaraks and Sasiakarn On-iam continued to add accomplishments to their impressive careers.
Thammaraks recorded her sixth career top-10 finish at the Dick McGuire Invitational (10th) and compiled the fourth lowest average on the team (74.83). Her career stroke average of 75.39 still ranks first all-time.
On-iam ranks second on the team in stroke average (74.00) and recorded her lowest 54-hole score at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational with a 215 to tie for 13th. She currently ranks 99th in the nation in the Golfweek rankings.
The Cyclone’s will spend all winter preparing for the spring season in their brand-new state-of-the-art Golf Performance Center. They will return to the course on February 2nd at the Alumni Match in West Palm Beach, Fla.