Will your spring golf debut be this good?

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As local temperatures in central Iowa started inching into the 60s this week, there were some whispers circulating about the start of golf season. Cabin fever, it seems, had peaked.

At the same time, the Iowa State women’s golf team was concluding its "official" (meaning it counts for ranking points) spring debut in Puerto Rico.

The Cyclones quietly put together a splendid fall season with wins at the Challenge at Onion Creek and runner-up finishes in the Windy City Collegiate Classic and the Wolverine Invitational. Most college polls had the Cyclones rated in the nation’s upper 20s.

After their effort at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic, the secret might be out. These Cyclones are good.

Playing against a field which included eight schools ranked in the nation’s Top 30 – including #1 Alabama and defending NCAA Champion Purdue – the Cyclones placed second. The Crimson Tide won the title by five strokes, but that was after Iowa State had taken the tourney lead in the final round.

ISU recorded the lowest score in both the second and third rounds. Its 287 total in the final round was one-under par. The Cyclones didn’t even count a 74. All five Iowa State scorers finished in the Top 20, led by Sasikarm On-iam (tied for fourth with scores of 72-73-73) and Victoria Stefansen (tied for ninth with 79-69-74).

The performance on the "Island of Enchantment" was the first outdoor competition of the 2011 calendar year. The Cyclones are now rated 16th (by Golfstat), their best-ever ranking.

I know what you’re thinking. Can my spring debut be as good?

Reader feedback is welcome at 2minutetimeout@iastate.edu. You can also follow me on Twitter at: twitter.com/SteveMalchow

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