SAN FRANCISCOCalifornia – Sun Devil Women’s Golf’s Alexandra Forsterling was named Pac-12 Golfer of the Month, the conference announced this week.

The Arizona State senior has been one of the hottest golfers in the nation since the start of the spring season, adding another accolade to an incredible finals campaign. She’s already been named to the ANNIKA Award Spring Watch List, is the No. 1 ranked European golfer in the latest Palmer Cup rankings, and won Pac-12 Golfer of the Month in January. Now she is Pac-12 Golfer of the Month again, hosting one of the most successful months in program history.

“We are thrilled to have Lexi named Pac-12 Golfer of the Month as part of the strongest conference in women’s golf,” the head coach said. Missy Farr Kaye noticed. “It’s a great honor for her and well deserved. She played beautifully in March and we’re really excited to see what the rest of the season has in store for Lexi.”

Forsterling picked up where she left off in the fall and is in the midst of a memorable spring run. The senior shows why she is considered one of the best female golfers in the country. She did not finish below sixth place in all three of her events, highlighted by winning the individual championship at the PING/ASU Invitational. Forsterling has been extremely consistent, but she took her game to another level last month.

It all started when she finished tied for sixth at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate, with her individual title race broadcast nationally on GOLF Channel. ASU was the only Pac-12 program invited to Darius Rucker, as they finished ahead of No. 8 Texas and No. 10 Arkansas thanks in large part to Forsterling’s efforts. She started the Darius Rucker with consecutive rounds under par.

Later that month, she helped the Sun Devils finish fourth in the busy Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge. She personally took third place in that area, which included four other Pac-12 teams. No one from a Pac-12 school finished better than Forsterling, as she delivered a straight 67 (-4) to put herself in position to win bronze.

Last, but not least, she had the most impressive performance of her career at the 2022 PING/ASU Invitational. Forsterling was sensational in winning individual medalist honors, becoming the 17th Sun Devil to win the individual crown at PING/ KNEW. 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.

Arizona State wiped the slate clean by winning the individual title and the tag team title. Forsterling matched a career low shooting 66 (-6), taking a decisive first-round lead. She wouldn’t give up that lead, beating 25 other top-100 ranked golfers, including No. 1-ranked Rose Zhang. Not only did Forsterling and the Sun Devils dominate against strong teams across the country, they crushed all the Pac-12 competition. Eight Pac-12 teams were in the PING/ASU Invitational and Arizona State won by an incredible 15 strokes. Forsterling finished at least two strokes ahead of all Pac-12 competitors, earning her second individual medalist honors. In nine rounds this month, she has gone over par only twice, averaging just 70 hits per round in March.

The Berlin, Germany native becomes the first Sun Devil to win Pac-12 Golfer of the Month twice during the Missy Farr Kaye time. To put that accomplishment in perspective, past honorees included All-Americans Linn Grant (March 2020), Olivia Mehaffey (April 2019), Linnea Strom (April 2016), and Monica Vaughn (February 2016).

Through her efforts, Forsterling rose to No. 2 in the Golfstat Women’s National Collegiate Golf Rankings. She is also viewed extremely favorably on the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, ranking No. 4 in the country.

Not only has she been an excellent representative of Sun Devil Women’s Golf at the collegiate level, but also at the international level. She recently competed in the prestigious Augusta National Women’s Amateur, earning the chance to compete with some of the world’s top amateurs on national television. She played a practice round at the iconic Augusta National Golf Club a week before the Masters.

NEXT
Arizona State kicks off the playoffs in Eugune at the 2022 Pac-12 Women’s Golf Championships hosted by Oregon at Eugene Country Club. The event runs from April 18-20, with one round each day. An individual and tag team championship will be crowned on Wednesday, April 20, with live coverage beginning at 10:30 a.m. MST on the Pac-12 networks. Visit the following link more information on how to watch the event.

No team has had more success at the Pac-10/12 Women’s Golf Championships than Arizona State. Their 13 individual champions are six more than any other team, while their eight tag team championships are tied for first. More recently, Olivia Mehaffey won the 2019 Individual Championship and is the defending Pac-12 Champion. The Sun Devils last played as a team in 2009 en route to the seventh of the program’s eight NCAA championships, with Coach Farr-Kaye serving as an assistant coach that year.


Legendary Sun Devil Women’s Golf Head Coach Linda Vollstedt could be considered the queen of the Pac-10/12 championships. Its teams have won it a total of six times, including the first two in 1987 and 1988. Later in its career, Arizona State won four straight titles in its dominant run in the mid-1990s, a feat that didn’t go unnoticed. never been equaled since. ASU has two top-3 finishes at conference championships under Coach Farr-Kaye, finishing third in 2016 and 2019.

ROAD TO GREYHAWK

In the second of a three-year series as host, Grayhawk Golf Club will host the top men’s and women’s collegiate teams to decide a national champion. The event will be played on the Raptor course at Grayhawk Golf Club, a par-72, 6,337-yard course and broadcast live on the Golf Channel. Sun Devil fans showed their support last year and will have another chance to do so this year if coach Farr-Kaye’s team qualifies for the NCAA championship. A veteran of NCAA championship events, Farr-Kaye acknowledged that Grayhawk and Arizona State have exceeded the standard set by previous hosts.

“We are really pleased to have recovered this extra year so that we can make the three-year run. I think the Grayhawk Golf Club and our event management team at Sun Devil Athletics are doing a fantastic job. I have a lot Heard great feedback from a lot of coaches and it felt like a championship and that was the goal from the start.”

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