Sun Devils Finish Third at Pac-12 Championship
STANFORD, Calif. – Sun Devil Women's Golf wrapped up the Pac-12 Women's Golf Championship at Stanford Golf Course.
Arizona State (+8/860) secured a third-place finish for the second consecutive championship and third time and five tries under Head Coach Missy Farr-Kaye. With Territorial Cup Series implications making every stroke important, the Sun Devils finished ahead of Arizona to claim the point. It is the first time since 2016 the Maroon & Gold claimed the point, a crucial one in preventing the Wildcats from clinching the series.
It was a clutch finish by Linn Grant that was the key for ASU, as she birdied 16 and 17 down the stretch to put her team up one stroke in the standings. Three different Sun Devils birdied 16, showing poise when they needed to the most. The Sun Devils finished behind champion USC and host Stanford, with six of the ten teams finishing +23 or worse.
"I am proud of our 3rd place finish and gaining our Territorial Cup point for Sun Devil Athletics," Coach Farr-Kaye remarked. "We struggled a bit in the middle of the round but hung in there to the finish. Linn and Amanda had solid finishes as well! We look forward to finding out where we will be going for our regional bid later this week."
The Sun Devils did their best work of the day on the front nine, sitting at even as a team before making the turn. Four of the five Sun Devils birdied the seventh hole, giving the team seven total on that hole this weekend. Arizona State was Top-5 in the field in stroke average on par three, four, and five opportunities. They accounted for 42 birdies and 165 pars in three rounds.
1 USC 283 287 279 849 -3
2 Stanford 289 286 279 854 +2
3 Arizona State 291 283 286 860 +8
Linn Grant came through when the Sun Devils needed her, saving her best round of the tournament for last. She fired a 68 (-3), tied for the second-best round of the day. She moved into the Top-5 and ended up tied for fifth thanks to birdies on 16 & 17, which helped Arizona State clinch the Territorial Cup Series point.
Amanda Linner joined Grant in finishing Top-10 in their Pac-12 Championship debut. She played brilliantly throughout the weekend, earning sole possession of ninth place. Linner flirted with the individual title at times this weekend and now has three Top-10 finishes this season.
1 Rachel Heck Stanford 68 69 69 206 -7
2 Amelia Garvey USC 67 72 69 208 -5
T3 YuSang Hou Arizona 71 68 70 209 -4
T3 Malia Nam USC 68 72 69 209 -4
T5 Linn Grant Arizona State 73 69 68 210 -3
T5 Briana Chacon Oregon 71 71 68 210 -3
T7 Annabel Wilson UCLA 74 70 68 212 -1
T7 Angelina Ye Stanford 71 74 67 212 -1
9 Amanda Linner Arizona State 67 71 75 213 E
Freshman Ashley Menne proved she belonged in her first Pac-12 Championship, the third Sun Devil to finish in the Top-15. She moved up five spots after improving her score for the second consecutive day, hitting par (71) this afternoon.
Alexandra Forsterling finished strong with her best round of the tournament, while Alessandra Fanali was one stroke ahead of her in a tie for 27th place.
Teams and individuals participating in the 2021 NCAA Division I Women's will be announced as part of GOLF Channel's College Central coverage taking place April 28 at 2 p.m. ET.
Selection coverage will be just the start of coverage of the 2021 golf championships by GOLF Channel. The network will provide highlights from regional play of both championships leading up to coverage of the 2021 championships to be held at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., hosted by Arizona State and The Thunderbirds.
The women's championship will be held May 21-26, with GOLF Channel providing live coverage of the final day of individual championship play on May 24 as well as the team match play on May 25-26. See GOLF Channel full programming schedule.
Regional play for the 2021 Division I Women's Golf Championships will be held May 10-12, with play taking place at the Louisiana University Club in Baton Rouge, La., hosted by LSU; The Ohio State University Golf Club – Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio, hosted by Ohio State; University of Louisville Golf Club in Simpsonville, Ky., hosted by Louisville; and Stanford Golf Course in Stanford, Calif., hosted by Stanford. Each of the four regional sites will include 18 teams and six individuals competing, with the top six teams (24 teams total) and the low three individuals (12 individuals total) not on an advancing team from each regional site advancing the national championships at Grayhawk.
HOW TO FOLLOW
Highlights from the first three rounds of the Women's Golf Championships will be available the evening after rounds complete on Pac-12 Networks, Pac-12 Now app, Pac-12.com and Pac-12 social media platforms.
The Pac-12 Women's Golf Championship Show will air on Pac-12 Network on Monday, April 26, at 8 p.m. PT / 9 p.m. MT to highlight the final round as well as memorable moments from throughout the championship event.
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