Two Sun Devils Finish in Top-10 at Darius Rucker
HILTON HEAD, SC - Sun Devil Women's Golf finished in third place behind the strength of two individuals finishing in the Top-10 at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate.
The three-day tournament, which was the first ever regular season women's college golf event broadcasted live on GOLF Channel, finished up today at Long Cove Club. Arizona State took home third place in an extremely prestigious field, as Head Coach Missy Farr-Kaye's team thrived under pressure.
"I am proud of our team this week and our 3rd place finish," Coach Farr-Kaye remarked. "Long Cove is a great golf course and the Darius Rucker was a stacked field and premier golf tournament in women's collegiate golf. University of South Carolina and the Long Cove Golf Club membership were amazing hosts this week! "
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Calynne Rosholt and Alexandra Forsterling led the way individually for the Sun Devils, each finishing in the Top-10. Rosholt set the pace by tying for third place, the best finish of her young career. The freshman proved to be one of the best in the field made up of 22 of the Top-100 golfers, with a 212 (-1) earning her bronze. Forsterling was not far behind her teammate in a tie for sixth, her ninth career Top-10 finish. Three of those have come during a breakout senior season, where she has yet to finish outside the Top-20 at any tournament.
"Calynne and Lexi did a fantastic job leading our team this week," Coach Farr-Kaye added. "We had a solid effort from every player."
Despite the magnitude of the moment and the amount of potential distractions, all five Sun Devils stayed focused and had crucial moments to help the team throughout the three days. Ashley Menne finished in the top-third of the loaded 90-golfer field, recording three birdies during a second straight solid round. Amanda Linner ended her round strong with two birdies over her final three holes to help Arizona State seal third place. Meanwhile, Grace Summerhays capped off her week with a birdie on 18, one of two on the day.
All aspects of Rosholt's game were effective this week, as she showed a calm, cool, and collected demeanor. She finished with 11 birdies, tied for the second-most of any golfer. Rosholt also boasted the second-best scoring average on par four opportunities, taking advantage of those chances. That included a highlight-reel birdie on 18 to cap her round, one of the best shots of the tournament. She now has three Top-10's this season and joins Forsterling in having yet to finish outside the Top-20 in any tournament.
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Alexandra Forsterling ended just two strokes back of Rosholt in a tie for sixth, as the senior was unfazed by the hype or attention. She recorded three birdies, including back-to-back on 13 & 14, helping her make a move back up the leaderboard. She too had success on par four holes, as her scoring average was the fifth-best in the tournament.
Arizona State will be plenty comfortable at their next tournament, competing in another edition of the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge. The annual event takes place at Palos Verdes Country Club in Palos Verdes, California. This year, it runs Mar. 13-15, 2022 with Ohio State continuing to serve as the host institution. Stay tuned for more details on the event.
2022 Arizona State Women's Golf Remaining Schedule
Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge – March 13-15, 2022 (Palos Verdes, California)
PING/ASU Invitational – March 25-27, 2022 (Phoenix, Arizona)
Silverado Showdown – April 4-6, 2022 (Napa, California)
Pac-12 Championship – April 18-20, 2022 (Eugene, Oregon)
NCAA Regionals – May 9-11, 2022 (Albuquerque/Ann Arbor/Stillwater/Tallahassee)
NCAA Championship – May 20-25, 2022 (Scottsdale, Arizona)
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