Fanali, Grant Ready for European Amateur Championship
SMLEDNIK, Slovenia – Two members of the Sun Devil Women's Golf team will compete for the title of the top European female amateur at the 2020 European Amateur Championships.
Linn Grant and Alessandra Fanali will represent their country and Sun Devil Women's Golf at the most prestigious individual amateur event on the continent. The duo will compete in the four-day event for the second-consecutive year, travelling to Slovenia to play at the CUBO Golf Course Ljubljana. The 89-person field will complete three rounds from Sep. 30-Aug. 2, with part of the field getting cut prior to the fourth and final round on Aug. 3.
Starting at midnight tonight in Arizona (8 am CEST), golfers will tee-off on the first hole in groups of three. Grant begins her round at 12:22 am MST (8:22 am CEST), with Fanali following at 12:55 am MST (8:55 am CEST).
The Sun Devil pair continues to gain significant international experience in the off-season, as they both also competed at the 2020 European Team Championships. Grant and Sweden took home their third-straight title, while Fanali and Italy finished in fifth-place with a 2-1 record. With Alexandra Forsterling representing Germany at the event, the Sun Devil trio combined to go 7-2 in their nine matches.
Individuals with Arizona State connections have enjoyed success at this event, both recent and historically. Last year, five Sun Devils competed in this event, with Linn Grant finishing in a tie for fifth. Fanali made the cut as well thanks to a solid first three rounds. LPGA star Carlota Ciganda (2009-11) gave everyone a glimpse of what was to come, as she was a two-time winner of the event before stepping foot onto campus into Tempe (2004, 2008). She also finished second in 2007. Another LPGA star turned Sun Devil performed well prior to being a Sun Devil, as Anna Nordqvist (2007-09) was the runner-up in 2007. All-American Linda Ericcson (1993-96) was the runner-up back in 1993 before going on to win three National Championships at Arizona State.
Current Sun Devils Grant and Fanali look to continue that success as they reunite in Slovenia, going head-to-head once again in a prestigious amateur event. Both will return to Sun Devil Women's Golf following All-American seasons, with plenty of major tournament experience under their belt. Thanks to Fanali's rise in the Women's Amateur Golf Rankings, three Sun Devils are in the Top-100, led by Grant (No. 6).
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
A loaded roster awaits Fanali and Grant when they return, as every member of the 2019-20 team comes back to Tempe. Four-time All-American and recent LPGA participant Olivia Mehaffey highlights the group, bringing an unprecedented resume. With highly-touted freshmen Ashley Menne and Breyana Matthews are added to the fold, the Sun Devils will boast one of the most talented and deep rosters in the country. Under the direction of three-time National Champion Missy Farr-Kaye and newly-promoted Associate Head Coach Michelle Estill, the team will receive the proper coaching and guidance that it takes to succeed at the highest level. Fans of the Sun Devil Women's Golf program have a lot to be excited about.
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