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Women's Golf Heads to Bruin Wave Invitational

Feb 28, 2021

Linn Grant wins the Sun Devil Winter Classic | Menne Shines on Day Two | International Sun Devils Shining in the Desert

TEMPE, Ariz. – Sun Devil Women's Golf is set to compete in the 2021 Bruin Wave Invitational, taking place March 1-3 at The Saticoy Club in Somis, Calif.
 
The three-day event hosted by UCLA and Pepperdine is play-five, count four style. It is the first time the Sun Devils will travel outside of the state of Arizona for a tournament, last competing at the Bruin Wave Invitational in 2019. The 12thedition of this event is being hosted at The Saticoy Club for the first time.
 
"We are excited to be back in action this week at the Bruin Wave in LA," Head Coach Missy Farr-Kaye remarked. "The Saticoy Club is a great golf course and the field for the week is strong. We are looking forward to a good week!"
 
THE FIELD
The Bruin Wave Invitational features a field of 16 teams, as Arizona State is joined by hosts UCLA and Pepperdine. Other Pac-12 programs competing in the event are Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State, and Washington. Cal Poly, Cal State Fullerton, Colorado State, Long Beach State, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Nebraska, Northwestern, and San Diego State round out the field.

At No. 3 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, Arizona State is the highest-ranked team in the field. The Sun Devils are joined in the Top-30 by No. 19 UCLA, No. 21 Northwestern, No. 26 San Diego State, and No. 27 Oregon. 

Linn Grant came in at No. 7 in the most recent Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings and is joined by San Diego State's Sara Kjellker (#6) in the Top-10. Emma Spitz (#12), Irene Kim (#18), and Arizona State's Ashley Menne (#33) are other individuals ranked in the Top-40.

THE LINEUP
Six Sun Devils will travel to Southern California for the first road trip of the season. National Player of the Year Candidate and the No. 2 female amateur in the World Linn Grant is in the No. 1 spot. Coming off her best performance and highest-finish as a Sun Devil, Amanda Linner will fill the No. 2 position. Freshman Ashley Menne earned her way into the lineup as the No. 3 golfer, counting towards the Maroon & Gold's score for the first time. Olivia Mehaffey returns to an event where she has enjoyed success in the past, playing as the No. 4. Rounding out the lineup is Alessandra Fanali, as Coach Farr-Kaye brings a deep and talented lineup to Saticoy Cluh. Alexandra Forsterling is one of seven in the field competing as an individual. Here is how the Sun Devils will tee-off tomorrow morning:
 
HOLE 10: Linn Grant – 9:44 AM MST
HOLE 10:  Amanda Linner – 9:33 AM MST
HOLE 10:  Ashley Menne – 9:22 AM MST
HOLE 10:  Olivia Mehaffey – 9:11 AM MST
HOLE 10: Alessandra Fanali – 9:00 AM MST
HOLE 10: Alexandra Forsterling (i) – 9:55 AM MST

THE COURSE
After being held in San Luis Obispo the last five years, the Bruin Wave Invitational moves to The Saticoy Club for the first time. Founded in 1921, The Saticoy Club is the first private club in Ventura County. The club has hosted to many U.S.G.A. Championship Qualifiers and SCGA Amateur Championships. Live scoring will be provided by Golfstat at the following link.
 
HISTORY AT THE BRUIN WAVE
This is the 12th edition of the Bruin Wave Invitational, which is an annual event jointly-hosted by Pepperdine and UCLA. Arizona State will be participating in the event for the fourth time in program history and looking for their first title. The Sun Devils have previously finished as the runner-up twice and third at their last appearance in 2019.
 
Olivia Mehaffey won the first of three Individual Titles during a brilliant 2018-19 campaign at the 2019 Bruin Wave Invitational. She became the first Sun Devil to win the event and joined Carlota Ciganda (2010), who finished fifth back in 2010, as the only Sun Devils to finish in the Top-5. 
 
HOW TO FOLLOW
Live scoring will be provided by Golfstat at the following link. For the latest updates and information on the Bruin Wave Invitational and the Sun Devil Women's Golf program, follow our Twitter/Instagram accounts (@SunDevilWGolf), like our Facebook page (facebook.com/sundevilwgolf/), and visit our website (thesundevils.com).
 
LAST TIME OUT
There was nobody better at the Sun Devil Winter Classic than Arizona State's own Linn Grant, who strung together three consecutive stellar rounds to earn her third-consecutive tournament medalist honor. 
 
Grant was in contention for the individual title through two days and entered the final round locked in a first-place tie with UCLA's Emma Spitz. Grant and Spitz traded blows all week, each taking turns atop the leaderboard throughout the final round, before Grant ripped off four birdies in six holes on an incredible back-nine run that clinched the title.
 
"Linn's individual win with a fantastic 67 today is a terrific addition to her impressive college resume," Coach Farr-Kaye reflected. 
 
The sophomore was rock-solid on the first and second day, but was flat out dominant in the championship round. She shot 67 (-5), the only player to finish under-70 on Wednesday, ending with a three-stroke lead over the runner-up Spitz. Despite windy conditions which played tricks on her fellow competitors, Grant's savvy and experience came into play, a big reason why she is currently one of the top-ranked amateurs in the World.
 
"I'm pretty used to playing in the wind since playing in Europe," Grant observed. "I enjoy it as well which I think is to my advantage, knowing that it's a little difficult makes me want to play even better and I think that's how I keep my focus."
 
It marked the third consecutive round of under-par for the Sun Devil sophomore, good for a total of 210 (-9) strokes. She also paced the rest of the field with a tournament-best 14 birdies this week.
 
"The individual win for me was important," Grant added. "It was a good tournament with a lot of very solid players. I'm currently ranked #2 in the world so anything that could mean that I get a little closer to that #1 is something I will try my best at. 
 
As Grant engaged in a battle for the individual title, the Sun Devils were also in contention all week for the team title, swapping turns with USC for first-place throughout Wednesday afternoon. The Trojans eventually pulled away on the back nine, stretching what was once a tight one-stroke advantage. Despite having already concluded their rounds, Grant's teammates waited anxiously near the 18th green to proudly greet their friend.
 
"Having the support from my teammates is fun and takes of the pressure a little bit. I know that whatever happens we will always be there for each other and that's a great feeling to have!"
 
ASU ended the event four strokes behind the champions USC with 862 combined strokes, and was -2 on the day. The Sun Devils and Trojans comfortably separated themselves from the rest of the field, with the third-place team trailing the Maroon & Gold by 22 total strokes.
 
PLAYER NOTES
 
LINN GRANT

  • One of the most decorated golfer's in the nation, ranked as the No. 2 individual in Golf Channel's Preseason Spring Power Rankings. 
  • Currently the No. 2-ranked female amateur in the World, reaching the highest WAGR of her career.
  • Named to the Preseason ANNIKA Award Watch List as one of the candidates for National Player of the Year back in September.
  • Managed to remain in the Top-10 of the Golfstat Individual Rankings all of last season, eventually settling at No. 8 in the final edition.
  • One of 11 recognized by the WGCA as a First Team All-American in 2020
  • Golfweek tabbed her as a Second Team All-American.
  • Earned a spot on the ANNIKA Award Spring Watch List as one of 15 finalists for National Player of the Year.
  • Finished in the Top-10 at five of her seven tournaments and carded a team-high 12 rounds under par.
  • 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 in 2020
  • The highest finishing Sun Devil at the IJGA Collegiate Invitational in Guadalajara, putting together one of three Top-10 finishes (T-6th).
  • Played brilliantly at the Stanford Intercollegiate (-6/207), placing third individually amongst one of the strongest fields in the country. A big reason why Arizona State captured their most significant Team Championship of the season, beating out six other Top-25 teams.
  • Carded back-to-back 69's (-2) at the U.S. Women's Open, making the cut at the LPGA Major Championship. Ended the tournament with a 291 (+7), finishing in the Top-25 among the best golfers in the World in a tie for 23rd.  Among the 24 amateurs in the field, she finished with the fourth-best total, one of only six amateurs to make the cut.
  • Helped Sweden win their third-consecutive European Team Championship and also finished in sixth at the European Amateur Championships.
  • Palmer Cup champion and two-time Augusta National Women's Amateur invitee.

ALESSANDRA FANALI

  • Emerged as a reliable and consistent piece of the Sun Devil lineup, helping Arizona State finish at No. 3 in the final national polls last season.
  • Tabbed by Golfweek as a Third-Team All-American.
  • Recognized as a WGCA Honorable Mention All-American.
  • Five Top-20 finishes, highlighted by her second career Top-10.
  • Played her best golf at the end of the season, earning a tie for sixth place at the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational, the final tournament of 2020.
  • Individual Champion of the Duel in the Desert (-4/68), helping lead the Sun Devils to victory over Denver and No. 16 UCLA while beating out 20 other golfers for the top spot.
  • Recorded her first collegiate hole-in-one on the par-three 15th hole at the Royal Golf Club (Lake Elmo, MN) in the first round of the ANNIKA Intercollegiate.
  • Back-to-back Top-15 finishes to start the season, a sign of the breakout sophomore season that was to come.
  • Earned a 10th place finish at the Windy City Collegiate, moving-up 13 spots on the final day thanks to a 69 (-3).
  • Two rounds in the 60s, including a team-best 68 (-4) in the first round of the ANNIKA Intercollegiate.
  • 2020 WGCA All-American Scholar
  • Finished in the Top-15 at the 2020 European Amateur (13th) at the European Amateur Championships this offseason. Also represented Italy at the European Team Championships, helping them finish 2-1 in match play and in fifth place.

RAQUEL OLMOS

  • One of the Sun Devils' most experienced golfers, having played in 33 tournaments during her career including two NCAA Championships.
  • Six career Top-10 finishes on her resume, with three coming last season.
  • Proved why she has been a mainstay in the Sun Devil lineup over the past three years, putting together an excellent junior year last season.
  • Recorded three Top-10 finishes, highlighted by a fifth-place effort (-3/210) at the Stanford Intercollegiate, helping the Sun Devils claim their first Team Championship of the season.
  • Played some of her best golf towards the end of the season, earning fifth place at the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational, leading Arizona State to their second Team Title.
  • Highest finishing Sun Devil at the Pac-12 Preview (-5/214), placing sixth.
  • Finished in the Top-10 while helping Arizona State defeat Denver and No. 16 UCLA at the Duel in the Desert
  • Carded three rounds in the 60s, while ending five of her rounds under par.
  • 2020 WGCA All-American Scholar
  • Competed at the U.S. Women's Amateur, earning the 18th overall seed after stroke play in a field of 132 golfers.

ALEXANDRA FORSTERLING

  • Rising junior that has been a mainstay in the Sun Devil lineup over the past two season, competing in 17 of 19 events in her career.
  • Eight Top-20 finishes to her name, including three Top-10's.
  • Showed promise during a sophomore season in which she played in six of eight events
  • Finished in a tie for eight at the Duel in the Desert, helping lead the Sun Devils to victory over Denver and No. 16 UCLA.
  • Earned back-to-back Top-20 finishes to start her season.
  • Posted her second-highest career finish, tying for 11th at the ANNIKA Intercollegiate.
  • Shot her fifth-career round in the 60s during the second day of the ANNIKA Intercollegiate.
  • Consistent performer at the Windy City Collegiate, helping the Sun Devils finish five-under as a team.
  • Ended under par at two tournaments in 2020 after not doing so in 2019. 
  • 2020 WGCA All-American Scholar.
  • Represented Germany at the 2020 European Team Championships, helping them make a run to the match play finals for the first time since 2009. Went head-to-head with teammate Linn Grant and Sweden in the European Team Championship, finishing the event 2-1 in match play.

AMANDA LINNER

  • Mid-year addition to the last year's Arizona State roster, arriving prior in the 2020 Spring semester from Sweden.
  • Made an immediate impact in the Maroon & Gold, quickly earning a spot in the lineup.
  • Displayed flashes of brilliance during an abbreviated freshman campaign.
  • Competed in three tournaments and four events total, accumulating valuable experience as she looks forward to her second season in Tempe.
  • Made her Sun Devil debut at the Duel in the Desert in January, helping Arizona State defeat Denver and No. 16 UCLA to capture the event title.
  • Showed her development by earning a career-best 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
  • Participated in the inaugural Augusta National Women's Amateur back in 2019, one of five Sun Devils to play in the prestigious event
  • Played in the 2018 AJGA's Thunderbird International Junior Championship at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, the sight of the 2021-23 NCAA Championships.

ASHLEY MENNE

  • One of two incoming highly-touted local recruits ready to make their Sun Devil Women's Golf debut in 2021.
  • Earned five wins in six Arizona Golf Association events during her offseason. 
  • 2020 Women's State Amateur Stroke Play Champion, winning the title at Grayhawk Golf Club, the home of the 2021-23 NCAA Championships.
  • Three-time AIA Division I Individual State Champion and one of two signees out of local high school Xavier Prep.
  • Took home the 2018 state title by going four-under at Tucson National Golf Course.
  • Captured the 2017 individual state championship thanks to a three-under performance.
  • Shared medalist honors in a rain-shortened 2016 AIA championship event her freshman season.
  • In all three seasons (2016-18), she would lead the Gators to the AIA Division I Team State Championship in dominating fashion.
  • During her junior season in 2018, Xavier won the title by an incredible 33-strokes.
  • One of a select few female Arizona High School golfers that won three Division I individual state titles.
  • Received the Arizona High School Girls Golfer of the Year Award at the AZ Central Sports Awards each of the four years she was a Gator (2016-19).
  • In addition to her success at the prep level, she has also earned hardware at some of the top competitive junior events.
  • Set a record by collecting four consecutive Junior Golf Association of Arizona individual titles. As a result, she is a four-time winner of the JGAA Player of the Year Award (2016-19).
  • Three-time Jox Sports Arizona Junior Golfer of the Year (2018-20).
  • Earned 43 total victories at JGAA events in her four years prior to arriving in Tempe
  • Has ranked as high as 114th in the Women's Amateur Golf Rankings.

BREYANA MATTHEWS

  • Talented local standout who is one of two freshman phenoms out of local high school Xavier Prep.
  • Stayed busy this offseason competing in several local tournaments, including earning a victory at the Arizona Golf Association Women's Scotch Play Championship.
  • Knocked off the top-seeded golfer to reach the 2020 AGA State Amateur Match Play semi-finals.
  • Played an integral role in the Gators winning two AIA Division I State Championship in 2017 & 2018.
  • Finished in the Individual Top-15 at her final three State Championship events, highlighted by a third-place finish (+1/145) in 2018.
  • Teamed up with future Sun Devil teammate Ashley Menne to help Xavier win the 2018 title by an astounding 33 strokes.
  • Team's second-highest finisher at the 2019 State Championship, earning 14th place in a field of 73 golfers.
  • One of three Gators to finish in the Top-15 at the 2017 tournament, which Xavier won by nine strokes.
  • AZ Central tabbed her as a finalist for the Arizona High School Girls Golfer of the Year in 2018.
  • Comes to Tempe with extensive experience in national and local tournaments, having competed in AJGA and JGAA events throughout her career.
  • At the 2020 U.S. Women's Amateur Four-Ball Qualifier in Mission Hills, Kansas, she teamed up with her partner to finish with the lowest score (68) of anyone at the regional.
  • Has compiled eight top-three finishes at JGAA events, including four victories.
  • Won the 2019 Thunderbird Invitational-PING Jr Masters at her future collegiate home, Papago Golf Course.
  • She also has titles at the 2018 Northern AZ Jr Championship, 2017 AM&E Classic - Bryce Molder Jr Masters, and the 2017 Holiday Challenge.
  • Finished second to Ashley Menne at the 2018 FCWT Junior Golf Tournament at Grayhawk Golf Club, home of the 2021-23 NCAA Championships.