International contingent leading the way


Early this week, Ryder Cup results were grabbing most of the nation’s top headlines. A former Big 12 golfer – Hunter Mahan (Oklahoma State) – was front and center because of his final match with Graeme McDowell.

But while that international spectacle was unfolding, a college golf tale closer to home was also taking shape.

The Iowa State women’s golf team, currently ranked 32nd nationally by Golfstat, was finishing second (to defending NCAA champion Purdue) in the Windy City Collegiate. Iowa State’s 54-hole total of 883 was the second-best score in school history.

Coach Christy Martens’ team is quietly earning a national reputation as her international contingent is making great strides.

In only her second career tournament, true freshman Prima Thammaraks (a Bangkok, Thailand native) led the medalist chase after two rounds before settling for second place.

Laurence Herman, a senior from Belgium, tied for fourth. Victoria Stefansen, a senior from Denmark, placed sixth. Bo Phuntumabamrung, a sophomore from Bangkok, was 23rd.

Another true freshman, making her college debut, was Sasikarn On-iam. The Bangkok native shot 74-75-73 and placed 13th. She played as an individual and didn’t count in the team scoring.

This team is well balanced with youth and experience and talented. Stay tuned.

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