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Linn Grant Qualifies for LPGA Tour

Dec 20, 2021

TEMPE, Ariz. - Sun Devil Women's Golf recent standout Linn Grant is off to a great start at the professional level, qualifying for the LPGA and Ladies European Tour. 

By virtue of her finish in Stage II of the LPGA Qualifying School, Grant immediately earns a spot for the 2022 Tour season. She is no stranger to professional events, having already competed in several as an amateur, including three LPGA Major Championships. Grant has already appeared in two U.S. Women's Opens and a Women's British Open, giving her experience in handling the high-pressure environments.

"We are so excited for Linn earning her LPGA Tour card," Head Coach Missy Farr-Kaye exclaimed. "The qualifying for the LPGA is a brutal and exhausting test of golf. Linn will be a fantastic addition to the LPGA Tour and I can't wait to watch her compete on tour and join our other 5 Sun Devils on the LPGA."

Through eight rounds of grueling qualifying, Grant finished five-under and tied for 35th, finishing in the Top-45 threshold. 

With Grant qualifying for the highest professional level in the sport of women's golf, Arizona State now has produced six current LPGA members. The six Sun Devils currently on the LPGA Tour are Anna Nordqvist, Carlota Ciganda, Azahara Munoz, Linnea Strom, and Giulia Molinaro. Grant will go toe-to-toe with some of the best golfers in the world, who also happen to be Sun Devils. Members of the Sun Devil Women's Golf program have accumulated over $40 million in earnings on the LPGA Tour alone. Most recently, Anna Nordqvist claimed her third LPGA Major Championship, winning the 2021 AIG Women's British Open.

The LPGA connections to the Sun Devil Women's Golf program don't stop there, as many players and coaches have made an impact at the professional level. Legendary Head Coach Linda Vollstedt was recently inducted in the LPGA Professionals Hall of Fame after years of service to the game and the Tour. Current Assistant Coach Michelle Estill spent 15+ years on the LPGA Tour, winning 1991 Rookie of the Year and collecting nearly $2 million in earnings thanks to 25 Top-10 finishes. 

Shortly after qualifying for the LPGA Tour, Grant also claimed a spot on the Ladies European Tour (LET). She finished seventh in the final qualifier to clinch her berth, shooting three-under over five rounds. Many Sun Devils have thrived on the LET over the years, including 2012 LET Player of the Year Carlota Ciganda, 2009 Rookie of the Year Anna Nordqvist, and 2007 Rookie of the Year Louise Stahle.

Grant's Sun Devil teammate Olivia Mehaffey, who has already competed in four LPGA and two LET events, is a candidate to make a jump next year. She will continue her run on the Symetra Tour, with the opportunity to compete in both Tours as an alternate.  

ABOUT THE LPGA
The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) is one of the longest-running women's professional sports associations in the world. Founded in 1950, the organization has grown from its roots as a playing tour into a nonprofit organization involved in every facet of golf. The LPGA Tour and the LPGA Professionals comprise the backbone of what has become the premier women's professional sports organization in the world today.

LINN'S LEGACY

Two-time First Team All-American Linn Grant made the most of her time in Tempe, putting together one of the best two-year careers of any player in NCAA history. The native of Viken, Sweden came to Arizona State as a highly-touted recruit and immediately lived up to the expectations. After completing one of the best freshman seasons by a Sun Devil, Grant managed to build upon that with a brilliant sophomore season. She leaves ASU as one of the most decorated in school history, with the feeling that she made the right decision to get her to the next level.

It was a breakout sophomore season that cemented her legacy as one of the all-time greats. She reached the No. 1 spot in the Golfstat Rankings heading into the 2021 NCAA Championship, the first in program history to do so. The two-time WGCA Player of the Year candidate and 2021 ANNIKA Finalist was the Pac-12 Golfer of the Month in March of 2021 and a First Team All-Conference selection this past year. She led Arizona State to their second Match Play appearance in program history at the 2021 NCAA Championships, with the Sun Devils finishing tied for fifth, the highest finish since the 2017 National Championship run. 

Under the tutelage of Head Coach Missy Farr-Kaye and Associate Head Coach Michelle Estill, Grant thrived like many European players to recently come through the Sun Devil program. The relationship and bond that was built with the coaching staff was a key reason why Grant decided to come to ASU and improve her game. A trust was built between the two parties allowing the history of success with Sun Devils from Sweden to continue.