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Meet the Sun Devils: Amanda Linner

Feb 9, 2021

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The 2021 Sun Devil Women's Golf season is underway and Head Coach Missy Farr-Kaye has a talented and deep roster. In the offseason, we got to know more about the freshmen, Ashley Menne and Breyana Matthews, as part of our "Meet the New Sun Devils" series. The series continues with a twist, as sophomore Amanda Linner is the next subject. Linner joined the team midway through the 2019-20 season, arriving in Tempe in January of 2020. Learn more about the highly-touted recruit who is ready for a breakout sophomore season.
 
The Onsala, Sweden native is one of two Sun Devils from Sweden, joining by teammate Linn Grant. The two have combined to help Sweden dominate the Junior and Amateur European Championship scene. Prior to Arizona State, Linner played in several prestigious International tournaments. During her time as an amateur, she reached as high as No. 27 in the Female World Amateur Golf Rankings. 
 
Linner was invited to the inaugural Augusta National Women's Amateur in 2019 at iconic Augusta National, playing with four other current or future Sun Devils. She is no stranger to the big stage, having represented Sweden at the European Ladies Team Championship in 2018. Prior to that, she competed at the European Girls Team Championships on several occasions, helping them take home the title in 2017. Linner also participated in the 2018 Girls' British Open Amateur Championship in Ireland, the 2018 European Ladies' Team Championship in Austria, the 2018 Ladies' British Open Amateur Championship in England.
 
She has several strong finishes in significant amateur tournaments on her resume, including a victory at the 2019 Lindbytvatten Masters. She finished eighth at the 2018 Helen Holm Scottish Women's Open Championship in Scotland and 13th at the 2018 Annika Invitational Europe in Sweden. Linner played in the 2018 AJGA's Thunderbird International Junior Championship at Grayhawk in Scottsdale, the sight of the 2021-23 NCAA Championships. She represented Sweden at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Argentina and Junior Ryder Cup in France
 
The mid-year addition to the Arizona State roster displayed flashes of brilliance during an abbreviated freshman campaign. She competed in three tournaments and four events total, accumulating valuable experience as she looks forward to her first full season in Tempe. Linner made her Sun Devil debut at the Duel in the Desert in January of 2020, helping Arizona State defeat Denver and No. 16 UCLA to capture the event title. In the 2021 edition of the event, she opened the season with a career-best T-7th finish. 
 
She showed her development by earning a season-low finish (T-28th) at the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational, the final tournament of the season. Arizona State captured their second Team Championship at this event, the first with Linner in the lineup. The future continues to look bright for the sophomore, who has come into her own despite the interruption to her collegiate career. Learn more about one of the newest Sun Devils:
 

Q: What sold you on Arizona State?
I chose ASU because of the coaches and the amazing golf facilities. 
 
Q: What have you enjoyed about ASU most so far?     
I love being a part of the Sun Devil family. The thing that I have enjoyed the most so far are traveling and competing with my team and all the long days at the bird together with hardworking people. 
 
Q: Where is your favorite place to eat in Arizona? 
 My favorite restaurant is Postinos
 
Q: Do you have any pre-round superstitions?  
 I don't think so, I like to stick to my routine no matter what and I try not to get too affected by things that happen around me that are out of my control. 

Q: How special is it to be coached by someone who has won a NCAA Championship as a player, assistant, and Head Coach?    
It is amazing. Coach Missy and Coach Michelle have a lot of experience and they know what it takes to win a NCAA championship. I feel privileged to have them as my coaches.

Q: If you could meet any professional athlete/celeb who would it be and why? 
I would like to meet Rory Mcllroy. He has been one of my favorite golfers ever since I started playing. 
 
Q: Best memory from playing golf in Sweden?
It is always nice to play at home and be able to have friends and family around. My favorite events are Annika Invitational Europe and the Swedish Team Championship that is played once every year. 
 
Q: Biggest thing you learned from representing your country at International tournaments?
I have learned so much from the Swedish national team. Some of my most important takeoffs are that you have to work hard in order to achieve your goals and also the importance of having a good team with coaches that supports you.

Q: Any hobbies outside of golf? 
I like to workout, travel and hang out with my friends and family.

Q: Favorite course to play in Arizona besides Papago?
I really like Grayhawk and Superstition Mountain.

Q: If you had to play another sport what would you choose?   
I like a lot of different sports. I don't know if this counts but I would like to try crossfit. 

Q: Something many people might not know about you?   
I used to do a lot of gymnastics when I was younger 
 
Q: Goal you aspire to achieve as a Sun Devil?         
Win the NCAA championship with my team 
 
Q: What is your dream vacation?    
I would love to go to New York
 
Q: Who is your biggest hero?    
My parents 

Q: Best round of golf that you have played so far in your career?
I shot my lowest score (-8) when I was in the US for the first time in 2017 on the Anninka Invitational event at Reunion resort.