PHOENIX, Arizona – Sun Devil Women’s Golf tied a program record with an all-time team score of 839, winning the team title at the 2022 PING/ASU Invitational in dominant fashion.
Arizona State (-25/839) was the top team from start to finish, winning another PING/ASU Invitational by defeating the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the nation. Arizona State won its 21st Tag Team Championship in a mad dash, claiming victory by a whopping 15 strokes. This is the 96th tag team championship in program history, including 17 during the Farr-Kaye era.
“I couldn’t be prouder of this team for the way they played this weekend,” said the head coach. Missy Farr Kaye remark. “It was great to see so many fans supporting us on our way to victory.”
Alexandra Forsterling was sensational in winning individual medalist honours, becoming the 17th Sun Devil to win the individual crown. Forsterling (-9/207) had to beat his teammate Ashley Menne for the title, as Arizona State finished 1-2 in the final player standings. She is the first Sun Devil to win at PING/ASU since Roberta Liti in 2017.
“What an outstanding performance from Lexi (Alexandra Forsterling),” coach Farr-Kaye added. “She stayed calm under the pressure and finished strong.”
Joining Forsterling and Menne in the Top 10 was Calynne Rosholt, who pushed the rankings higher after shooting a 68 (-4) today. As a result, she finished tied for 10th and shared the Ann Votik top rookie award with Stanford’s Rose Zhang, the current Golfstat No. 1-ranked player.
This is the 13th time Arizona State has won the individual and team titles, eight more than any other team in PING/ASU Invitational history. Not only was the 839 (-25) tied for the lowest score in program history, but the 15-stroke advantage was ASU’s most wins in PING/ASU history. Invitational.
Calynne Rosholt started his day off red hot, dropping four under over the front nine to underscore a strong start for ASU. Grace Summerhays managed to equalize each of its holes to remain stable in the standings. Alexandra Forsterling began his rise in the rankings with a one-under front nine effort. Eight of the team’s 13 birdies came on the front nine under more favorable conditions.
Despite the mounting pressure with the rest of the field chasing them, Arizona State continued to play well. Alexandra Forsterling clinched his individual championship behind the strength of a bogeyless back nine, going one under par to maintain his lead. Both Ashley Menne and Calynne Rosholt completed their back nine, ensuring the Sun Devils tied the program record.
The head coach Missy Farr Kaye
On what kind of statement the team made in winning
“The best statement the team made was for themselves. They believe they can hang on to the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the country, which really deserve it. Stanford and Oregon are great teams and really deserve those rankings. They’ve both had fantastic wins. The fact that they’ve proven to each other that they can be in the same conversation is very powerful at this time of year.
On his emotions watching Alexandra Forsterling win the individual title
“After the loss of his father, his second year. An unexpected and immediate loss. It was truly a life-changing time and it took time for him to process it. It’s not something you never recovers. For a lot of female athletes, when we were growing up, our fathers taught us our sport. He had just been with us at the NCAA championships and he was this larger than life man. It was really tough for her to learn to live with this loss. her all this year and really this spring comes into its own as the player we thought she would be when she arrived. Confidence in herself, in her game and in her the way she does it makes it really exciting and fun to watch.”
At Ashley Menne and Alexandra Forsterling competing in the Augusta National Women’s Amateur this week
“Both of their games suit the type of tournament that ANWA is and the two types of golf courses they play. They know how to play within themselves. Keeping things straight and in the fairway and putting will be key. “they can handle the fatigue of playing this week and handle everything that comes with this event, I think they’re going to do well. It’ll be fun to watch. We’ll definitely be cheering for them.”
At Calynne Rosholt winning the Ann Votik Lowest Freshman Score Award
“Don’t underestimate Calynne Rosholt because this young woman is tough, resilient and wants to win. She didn’t have it all together the first round, but just kept fighting and believing. A wonderful ride today. It was a nice, nice finish.”
By winning the individual championship
“It’s awesome, there’s really no way to describe it. Really happy and proud, and relieved because I was really expecting it. I’ve been through so much with everything that happened there a few years back. The fact that I’ve won this now, it’s really relieving. I’m proud of myself.
On his mentality at the back nine today
“The back nine is the hardest, especially 16-18 is really tough. I just tried to focus, make another putt. I managed to birdie 15, where I was really relieved. That changed things up a bit. Then 2-putt on 18 was also really relieving.”
On an individual victory accompanied by a team victory
“It’s always fun to win with the team. The girls have been playing so well and we’ve had some amazing rounds over the past few days. But winning by 15 strokes is amazing. We’ve really proven ourselves. We all knew we could do it and we finally did it.”
On Augusta National Women’s Amateur’s Quick Turnaround
“It’s good, obviously it’s easier. I really want to enjoy the week in Augusta, enjoy the weather and play. I really have no expectations because they are the best 70-80 players in the world. Whatever “It’s coming, coming. I’m glad Ashley is here and my mom is here. It’ll be awesome, so I’m really excited. Then I’m off to Napa with the team.”
Arizona State has another quick turnaround as they prepare to travel to California next week for the Silverado Showdown. The event in Napa, Calif., is scheduled for Monday, April 4 through Wednesday, April 6. More information on the tournament will be available later in the week.
Ashley Menne and Alexandra Forsrterling are traveling to Augusta, Georgia this week to compete in the Augusta National Women’s Amateur. The tournament will take place from March 30 to April 2, with live coverage provided by GOLF Channel. For more information on how both Sun Devils qualified for the event, visit the following link.
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