Chayanun Tied For Third At NCAA Championship
TULSA, Okla. – The No. 23 Iowa State women’s golf team is in 22nd place after three rounds of the 2014 NCAA Women’s Golf Championship. The Cyclones shot a 292 this afternoon at the Tulsa Country Club for a three-day 896 tally.
The outstanding consistent play of junior Chonlada Chayanun has been the story of the week for the Cyclones. Chayanun is currently in a tie for third place in the medalist race at even par (210) after carding a third-round 69 this morning.
So far nothing has been able to rattle the steady Cyclone, as Chayanun hit all nine greens in regulation on the first nine. After bogeying No. 1 on the back side, she bounced back with a birdie on No. 3 and a deuce on the par-3 sixth hole when she snaked in a 25-footer. She added another birdie on No. 7.
Chayanun became the first Cyclone to record a sub-70 round in NCAA postseason play yesterday and she backed it up today. She joins teammates Cajsa Persson, Prima Thammaraks and Sasikarn On-iam as the only Cyclones in school history to record back-to-back sub-70 rounds in a tournament.
Chayanun obviously feels very comfortable at the Tulsa Country Club.
“To be honest with you, I played really well on my practice rounds,” Chayanun said. “I just feel like I love this course. When I like a course, I usually play well. I just feel super confident with every single shot I play here.”
Chayanun is three strokes back of third-round leaders Celine Butler (Duke) and Doris Chen (USC) going into the final round tomorrow.
Sophomore Cajsa Persson fired a 73 today to move into a tie for 93rd at 228. Persson didn’t have a birdie on her card, but stayed out of trouble by posting 16 pars.
Seniors Prima Thammaraks and Sasikarn On-iam both posted a pair of 75s. On-iam started the day with a triple-bogey, but bounced back to go 2-over the rest of the way. She is currently tied for 109th at 231.
Thammaraks, who is in a tie for 116th at 233, had four birdies today.
Carmen Vidau also came in with a 75 this morning. She currently sits in a tie for 93rd at 228.
Head coach Christie Martens was happy with the score improvement.
“We were more consistent today,” head coach Christie Martens said. “Chonlada played great once again and has been a lot of fun to watch and done a lot of great things on the course. Cajsa made 13-straight pars today and made par on every hole on our second nine. Those were both exciting to see today.”
The Cyclones begin the final round tomorrow morning at 7 a.m. CT.
1. Duke 293-285-278=856
2. USC 293-291-278=862
3. Oklahoma 288-287-291=866
4. UCLA 291-293-283=867
5. Mississippi State 302-285-283=870
6. Arizona State 293-287-291=871
N.C. State 307-284-280=871
9. Tulane 303-294-278=875
10. Ohio State 299-291-288=878
12. Alabama 305-285-289=879
14. Stanford 300-286-294=880
15. Washington 299-289-293=881
16. South Carolina 301-299-283=883
17. Texas A&M 305-292-288=885
18. Virginia 303-295-288=886
19. Florida 305-292-290=887
20. California 296-305-289=890
Michigan State 305-283-302=890
22. Iowa State 306-298-292=896
23. Campbell 305-303-289=897
24. Kansas 313-293-303=909
Iowa State Scores
T3. Chonlada Chayanun 72-69-69=210
T93. Carmen Vidau 76-77-75=228
T93. Cajsa Persson 77-78-73=228
T109. Sasikarn On-iam 81-75-75=231
T116. Prima Thammaraks 81-77-75=233
1. Celine Boutier, Duke 70-70-67=207
Doris Chen, USC 67-72-68=207
3. Chonlada Chayanun, Iowa State 72-69-69