Cyclones In Tight Race at Big 12 Championship
RHODES, Iowa – The Iowa State women’s golf team braved the adverse weather conditions, firing a 320 in the first round of the 2013 Big 12 Women’s Golf Championship Friday afternoon at The Harvester Golf Club.
Iowa State is currently in fourth place in the league championship through 18 holes. Only four shots separate the Cyclones from first-round leader Texas Tech (316). Oklahoma State is second at 317, followed by Baylor (319).
The weather played a huge part in the first round. With temperatures hovering below 40 degrees and winds gusting up to 30 mph, playing conditions were brutal.
The Cyclones were led by senior Punpaka Phuntumabamrung, who is in fifth place after firing a first-round 77. Her back nine featured a pair of birdies to help her close the last nine with a 37. Phuntumabamrung was an All-Big 12 performer a year ago.
“When you play in conditions like this, one of the important things is to stay tough mentally,” Phuntumabamrung said. “I was really happy with my back nine and I felt that I finished strong. Tomorrow is a new day and I know our team will be ready to go.”
Cyclones Sasikarn On-iam, Prima Thammaraks and Cajsa Persson are all tied for 15th after each posting 81.
Baylor’s Lauren Taylor leads the medalist race after carding a 2-over 74, one shot better than Texas Tech’s Kimberly Kaufman (75).
Tee times begin at 10 a.m. CT tomorrow with 18 holes. The third round will conclude on Sunday with the final 18 holes.
1. Texas Tech 316
2. Oklahoma State 317
3. Baylor 319
4. Iowa State 320
5. Kansas 322
7. TCU 326
8. Texas 327
9. Kansas State 350
Iowa State Scores
5. Punpaka Phuntumabamrung 77
T15. Sasikarn On-iam 81
T15. Prima Thammaraks 81
T15. Cajsa Persson 81
T34. Chonlada Chayanun 85
1. Lauren Taylor, Baylor 74
2. Kimberly Kaufman, Texas Tech 75