Women's Golf Heads East for Darius Rucker Intercollegiate
TEMPE, Ariz. - Sun Devil Women's Golf travels to South Carolina to compete at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate, hosted at Long Cove Golf Club.
Arizona State will play 54 holes over three days, with teams completing 18 holes Monday, February 28 – Wednesday, March 2. The Sun Devils make their first appearance since 2018 in the event takes place in Hilton Head and is hosted by South Carolina.
"Getting to compete in a premiere event like this with live television coverage is great for our program," Head Coach Missy Farr-Kaye remarked. "Darius Rucker and their partners do an amazing job of making this one of the best experiences in college golf for the players."
The Darius Rucker Intercollegiate will be the first all-women's regular season collegiate golf tournament to be aired live on Golf Channel. Coverage runs throughout the week, featuring the back half of the round all three days from 12:30-3:30 pm MST. Live scoring will also be available on Golfstat at the following link. Here is a full preview of the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate:
Arguably the biggest regular season event of the year has attracted an elite field. Arizona State is one of 17 teams to make the trip to Hilton Head, 10 of which are ranked in the latest Golfstat Top-25. No team is ranked outside the Top-50, making this the deepest field the Sun Devils have faced all season. Coach Missy Farr-Kaye's team has had a ton of success against ranked teams this year, recently beating out six Top-25 teams to finish third at the Lamkin Invitational.
DARIUS RUCKER INTERCOLLEGIATE TOP-25 TEAMS (GOLFSTAT)
#4 South Carolina
#5 Wake Forest
#13 Arizona State
There is plenty of individual star power competing in the Darius Rucker as well. An incredible 21 of the Top-50 golfers in Golfstat's individual rankings are in the field, including Arizona State's own Alexandra Forsterling (No. 18) and Calynne Rosholt (No. 26). A total of 38 of the Top-100 golfers in the nation highlight a loaded field presenting a resume-building opportunity.
After a difficult qualifying session, Coach Farr-Kaye selected a deep and talented group of five to represent the Maroon & Gold. Arizona State will be paired with No. 5 Wake Forest and No. 17 LSU for the opening round, starting in a staggered fashion on hole 10. Ashley Menne earned to top spot this week coming off an impressive Lamkin Invitational performance. Fellow ANWA invitee Alexandra Forsterling follows up in the No. 2 spot. ANNIKA Award candidate Calynne Rosholt is the No. 4 golfer, with fellow freshman Grace Summerhays rounding out the five. Here is where each Sun Devil will tee off on Monday:
DARIUS RUCKER INTERCOLLEGIATE LINEUP (Hole 10)
Ashley Menne – 8:20 AM MST
Alexandra Forsterling – 8:10 AM MST
Calynne Rosholt – 8:00 AM MST
Amanda Linner – 7:50 AM MST
Grace Summerhays – 7:40 AM MST
The 10th edition of the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate (Feb. 28-March 2) will make its television debut on Golf Channel starting Monday. The network will carry live coverage every day from 2:30-5:30 p.m. (ET) with encore presentations later in the night. There will be 21 hours total of airtime for the event. It will make history as the first all-women's regular season collegiate golf tournament to be aired live on Golf Channel.
2022 Darius Rucker Intercollegiate Golf Channel Coverage Schedule
|Dates||Live (MST)||Encores (MST)|
|Monday, Feb. 28||12:30-3:30 PM||10:00 PM-1:00 AM|
|Tuesday, March 1||12:30-3:30 PM||7:30-10:30 PM; 6-9 AM (Wednesday)|
|Wednesday, March 2||12:30-3:30 PM||4:30-6:30 PM|
HISTORY AT THE DARIUS RUCKER
The annual tournament was not held last year because of COVID-19. Long Cove Club, in partnership with Darius Rucker and South Carolina, will again play host on Hilton Head Island for the 10th time. This is the fifth time Arizona State has appeared, last competing in the 2018 edition.
The Sun Devils have finished fourth or higher twice, including a third-place finish in 2017. Linnea Strom finished second, while Sophia Zeeb claimed third place individually. Back in 2013, Noemi Jimenez won her second-straight individual title during a breakout sophomore season, claiming medalist honors at the Darius Rucker. She earned a four-stroke win and was joined by teammate Daniela Ordonez (4th) in finishing in the Top-5.
LAST TIME OUT
Ashley Menne and Sun Devil Women's Golf delivered high finishes at the Lamkin Invitational. Arizona State finished in third place, their best result in a qualifying tournament this season. In a field with nine teams in the latest Golfstat Top-25, the Sun Devils proved to be one of the best, beating out No. 4 Oregon, No. 11 Texas, No. 13 Arizona, and No. 14 UCLA. Battling darkness in the second round and rain in the final round today, the Maroon & Gold stayed focused until the very end.
Menne put together a fantastic performance, finishing as the individual runner-up at the Lamkin Invitational. It is a career-best finish for Menne, who had several highlight moments on the course. Her 214 (-2) trailed only defending National Championship Rachel Heck from Stanford, as Menne beat out 17 of the Top-100 players in the latest Golfstat rankings.
SUN DEVILS IN THE RANKINGS
After another strong effort at the Lamkin Invitational, Arizona State is gaining respect in the national polls. Both Golfweek/Sagarin and Golfstat has the Sun Devils as the No. 13 team in the nation. With a big test this upcoming week, the Maroon & Gold will have a chance to improve upon that ranking.
Several Sun Devils continue to move up the individual national rankings, as Arizona State features one of the most talented rosters in the country. Alexandra Forsterling is the No. 11 in the country according to Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, the highest ranking of any Sun Devil. The same publication tabbed Calynne Rosholt as the No. 28 player in the nation. Golfstat also looks favorably upon several Sun Devils, ranking two in the Top-30. Alexandra Forsterling came in at No. 18 and Calynne Rosholt is right behind her at No. 28, giving ASU one of the most decorated duos in the country.
HOW TO FOLLOW
For the first time, you can check out your Sun Devils on GOLF Channel in the regular season. Watch the live coverage of the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate at the following link. Live scoring will be available on Golfstat at the following link. For the latest updates and information on 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).