Women's Golf Completes Day One at Silverado Showdown
NAPA, Calif. – Sun Devil Women's Golf completed the first round at the Silverado Showdown, taking place April 5-7 at Silverado Resort and Spa.
Arizona State (+4/292) are currently in fifth place amongst a tightly-contested top of the leaderboard after the initial 18 holes. The Sun Devils sit only four strokes back of overall leader UCLA, while being separated from second-place Washington by only two strokes.
Alessandra Fanali and Ashley Menne led the way with excellent starts to their tournaments, each finding themselves in the Top-10. Fanali shot a 70 (-2) to earn a tie for third, while Menne was just one stroke behind at 71 (-1), good enough to tie her for sixth. Oregon State's Ellie Slama and Washington's Stefanie Deng paced the field by opening up with 67's (-5), with the two Sun Devils still within striking distance.
Fanali looks to carry the momentum built over her final nine holes into the second round, as she was brilliant on the front nine. Starting on 10, finally hit her stride after a birdie on 17. She would go on to birdie five of her last nine holes, shooting 32 (-4) on holes 1-9. That was by far the best score of any golfer over that stretch in the field, with a 35 being the second-best score posted.
Menne was consistent throughout her round, finishing with the least amount of bogeys, carding the second-lowest amount of anyone in the field. She was excellent from holes 10-18, shooting 34 bogey-free golf.
The duo was a big reason why Arizona State finished first as a team in scoring average (2.9) on par-three opportunities. The Maroon & Gold recorded 52 pars and 15 birdies while managing to shave two strokes off their score over the final nine holes.
Alexandra Forsterling was the next highest finisher for Arizona State, who is tied for 21st after shooting a 74 (+2). She had great moments throughout the day, recording five birdies, including three in a five-hole stretch in the middle of her round. Forsterling improved her score by two strokes after making the turn.
Amanda Linner qualified as the No. 1 player in the Sun Devils lineup for the first time in her career and showed flashes of why she was in the position. She played bogey-free golf over her first nine holes, one of only six golfers in the field to accomplish the feat.
Freshman Breyana Matthews made her debut in a counting spot for the Sun Devils, picking up her first birdie on the fourth hole. She will lead off the Maroon & Gold tomorrow morning on the first hole:
Breyana Matthews - 8:45 AM PT
Amanda Linner - 8:54 AM PT
Alexandra Forsterling - 9:03 AM PT
Ashley Menne - 9:12 AM PT
Alessandra Fanali - 9:21 AM PT
Arizona State is one of seven Top-50 teams in Napa for the Silverado Showdown, which also features 13 Top-100 golfers in the latest Golfstat rankings. Head Coach Missy Farr-Kaye's team will be playing without Linn Grant and Olivia Mehaffey, as they recently wrapped up excellent finishes at the 2021 Augusta National Women's Amateur broadcasted for a national audience on NBC.
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