The Iowa State women’s golf team is filled with many talented student-athletes. None of them traveled further to be a standout performer than senior Cyclone Pennapa Pulsawath.
Hailing from Bangkok, Thailand, Pulsawath established herself as a staple in the ISU lineup during her four-year career, appearing in a record 43 consecutive tournaments. With her excellent tournament play, Pulsawath finished her Iowa State career as the single-season scoring-mark record holder, with a 74.69 stroke average in 2009-10.
The Cyclone golfer was the second individual in program history to be named to the All-Big 12 Conference first team and the first since 2005. Pulsawath attributes her success to the coaching she has received while in Ames.
“Coach Martens works with us all the time on our short game, and it has been extremely helpful how our coaches set up short game drills in practice,” Pulsawath said. “Coach has us play in from 30, 45, 60, 75 yards out to make sure that we don’t have trouble. It has helped me think I can always get up and down if I miss a green.”
Pulsawath’s outstanding leadership and performance throughout the 2009-10 season positioned her squad to make an NCAA Regional for the first time since 1996. The Cyclones carded a 908 to place 10th in the 24-team field. The showing was ISU’s all-time best in its history at an NCAA Regional competition.
Pulsawath is quick to credit the entire squad in its effort at the event.
“We have played really well as a team this year,” Pulsawath said. “With Victoria (Stefansen), Laurence (Herman), Kristin (Paulson) and Bo (Punpaka Phuntumabamrung) we have good group of players who are always capable of posting low scores.”
Pulsawath has put a cap on her stellar Cyclone career, but the chance to play professionally is already in her sights.
“First of all, I want to be an ambassador for Thailand and Iowa State,” said Pulsawath. “I am hoping to get into the Japan Tour qualifying. This is in September, but it just depends on sponsorship. It’s really expensive to go out there, but I will for sure go to the European Tour this summer. If I get onto that tour, I will probably start playing in February.”
In the same way Pulsawath started her career, she’ll continue to strive for her dreams on the golf course while racking up frequent-flier miles.