Ciganda, Nordqvist Finish Top-Five at Women's PGA Championship
NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. – It was a great weekend to be a Sun Devil Women's Golf fan, as two alumni finished in the top-five at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship.
The third major championship of the season on the LPGA Tour featured the top female golfers from around the World. Two of the top-five finishers at the event were Sun Devil Women's Golf alumni, as Carlota Ciganda and Anna Nordqvist represented the program brilliantly.
"I am so happy to see Carlota and Anna play so well at the KPMG Women's PGA championship last week," Sun Devil Women's Golf Head Coach Missy Farr-Kaye remarked. "I know how hard these women work at their craft and it is wonderful to see their efforts pay off."
Ciganda (2009-11) finished in a tie for third, her highest finish ever at a LPGA major championship. The excellent performance allowed her to shot a 273 (-7), highlighted by a clutch 65 (-5) on the final day to secure her spot in the top-three. Thanks to her efforts, Ciganda took home nearly $250,000 in prize money. She now has collected over $400,000 from her success at LPGA events this season.
Nordqvist (2007-09) continued her success at the Women's PGA Championship, as the 2009 winner recorded another top-five finish. She shot a 277 (-4) to claim fifth-place and over $175,000 in prize money. It is the fifth time in her career that she finished in the top-10 at this event, getting redemption after missing the cut the previous three years. Nordqvist has now accumulated over $450,000 on the tour this season. Sei Young Kim won the championship after carding a 266 (-14).
Not only are Nordqvist and Ciganda doing a great job representing Sun Devil Women's Golf on the LPGA Tour, they stay involved with the program through their former Assistant Coach and current Head Coach Missy Farr-Kaye. Nordqvist and Ciganda visit The Thunderbirds Golf Complex on a regular basis when not competing on the tour, sharing advice and tips with the current team. It is a relationship that Coach Farr-Kaye does not take for granted.
"Anna and Carlota continue to be wonderful ambassadors and alumnae of Sun Devil Women's Golf," Coach Farr-Kaye exclaimed.
Fellow Sun Devils turned professionals Azahara Munoz (2006-09), Linnea Strom (2016-17), Giulia Molinaro (2009-12), and Roberta Liti (2015-18) continue to make Sun Devil Women's Golf proud with their hard work and dedication to the game.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
Not only are Sun Devils from previous years having success in the professional ranks, but the program they called home is in better shape than ever. Good news, Sun Devil fans! Every member of the No. 3-ranked 2019-20 team returns to Tempe. All-Americans Olivia Mehaffey, Linn Grant, and Alessandra Fanali will team up with an experienced group led by Raquel Olmos, Alexandra Forsterling, and Amanda Linner.
With highly-touted freshmen Ashley Menne and Breyana Matthews 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.
HOW TO FOLLOW
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