Linn Grant Lands on Fall ANNIKA Award Watch List
TEMPE, Ariz. – Sun Devil Women's Golf sophomore Linn Grant has been named to the ANNIKA Award Fall Watch List, as announced by Golf Channel and Golfweek.
The ANNIKA Award presented by Stifel is awarded annually to the most outstanding women's college golfer, as voted on by players, coaches and media. Grant remained in contention for the award down the stretch last year, advancing all the way to the final 15.
"We are so honored to have Linn make the ANNIKA Fall Watch list," Head Coach Missy Farr-Kaye remarked. "This is an award that she is working hard towards achieving. We are grateful for the efforts and contributions to women's collegiate golf by the ANNIKA Foundation!"
The fall edition of the watch list looks a bit different this year due to the unprecedented circumstances. With only 54 teams currently competing, the list could change when the rest of the Division I programs begin their season. Linn Grant is one of only eight golfers to earn a spot on the list without having started her season. Returning All-Americans Olivia Mehaffey and Alessandra Fanali figured to factor into the race during the Spring. Here is a full list of the 20 individuals on the National Player of the Year Fall Watch List:
ANNIKA Award Watch List presented by Stifel:
- Linn Grant, Arizona State
- Alyaa Abdulghany, USC
- Isabella Fierro, Oklahoma State
- Sofia Garcia, Texas Tech
- Vivian Hou, Arizona
- Ellen Hume, Ole Miss
- Gurleen Kaur, Baylor
- Aline Krauter, Stanford
- Rachel Kuehn, Wake Forest
- Ingrid Lindblad, LSU
- Brooke Matthews, Arkansas
- Emilia Migliaccio, Wake Forest
- Alessia Nobilio, UCLA
- Pauline Roussin-Bouchard, South Carolina
- Gabriela Ruffels, USC
- Megan Schofill, Auburn
- Erica Shepherd, Duke
- Riley Smyth, Virginia
- Emma Spitz, UCLA
- Kennedy Swann, Ole Miss
Visit the Golf Channel story for the full fall watch list.
LINN KNOWS HOW TO WIN
The Arizona State women's golf program has seen its share of breakout freshman seasons. The performance of Linn Grant during the 2019-20 season belongs in the discussion of one of the top freshman campaigns in school history. Grant was rewarded with Second-Team All-American recognition by Golfweek, her second All-American honor following her first season in Tempe. She was spectacular throughout her freshman season, finishing in the Top-10 at five of the seven tournaments.
Despite her inexperience at the collegiate level, she played with a consistency and maturity beyond her years, helping her land on the ANNIKA Award Watch List as one of 15 candidates for National Player of the Year. The highlight of Grant's season happened in Hawaii, as she took home Individual Medalist honors while leading her team to a victory at the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational, the only Sun Devil to pick up an individual win. She managed to remain in the Top-10 of the Golfstat Individual Rankings all season long, eventually settling at No. 8 in the final edition.
Currently ranked as the No. 5 female amateur in the World, Grant recently led Sweden to their third straight victory at the European Team Championships. The up-and-coming star will have the opportunity to gain additional experience on a big stage, as she was selected to two significant amateur International tournaments, the Palmer Cup in December and Augusta National Women's Amateur in 2021.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
A competitive group surrounds Grant at ASU, as every member of the No. 3-ranked 2019-20 team returns to Tempe. 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 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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