Three from Women's Golf in Top-20 at Northrop Grumman
PALOS VERDES ESTATES, Calif. - Sun Devil Women's Golf completed the first round at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge on Sunday at Palos Verdes Golf Club.
Arizona State was led by the trio of Ashley Menne, Alessandra Fanali, and Calynne Rosholt, who each sit inside the Top-20 after the first 18 holes. All three shot a 72 (+1) to pace the team, good enough to earn a tie for 16th while also keeping them within striking distance of the individual overall lead. As a team, the Sun Devils sit in fifth place, only five strokes back of Kent State for the overall lead. Playing in another strong field, Head Coach Missy Farr-Kaye's team is currently ahead of six Top-25 teams.
A total of nine birdies were recorded on the front nine, as the Sun Devils got off to a strong start. Alessandra Fanali, Calynne Rosholt, and Amanda Linner were responsible for two of those each, helping ASU establish some confidence. Rosholt finished the front nine at a team-best one-under, while Ashley Menne found herself at even halfway through.
During the second half of the round, Alessandra Fanali remained consistent with an even finish over her final nine. Alexandra Forsterling was able to build some momentum at the end of her round, recording two birdies over her final three holes. Ashley Menne went one-under over her final four holes, while Amanda Linner ended her day with four consecutive pars.
- Arizona State's approach on par three holes is effective, boasting the third-best scoring average in the field (3.20)
- Ashley Menne recorded 13 pars, tied for the fourth-most in the field
- Calynne Rosholt finished even on par four opportunities, one of the ten-best scores in the field on those chances
- Ashley Menne, Alexandra Forsterling, and Calynne Rosholt all finished under par on par five holes
- The most successful hole of the day was the par five 16th hole, with three different Sun Devils recording birdies.
"We have been talking about starting smart and strong and we did that today! Even with windy conditions on the back side, we finished the last four holes under par which was really good as well," Coach Farr-Kaye observed after the round. "We struggled a bit with the speed of the greens but I feel we started to figure that out towards the end of the round. We are right in the thick of this and I am excited to watch our team compete tomorrow."
Arizona State will begin the second of three rounds of the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge tomorrow at 9:00 AM MST. They will be paired with No. 5 Wake Forest, No. 13 USC, and No. 22 Arizona, with a new golfer teeing-off every 12 minutes. ASU will start on the first hole as they look up to make up ground in a crowded leaderboard.
NORTHROP GRUMMAN REGIONAL CHALLENGE DAY TWO TEE TIMES (HOLE 1)
Calynne Rosholt - 9:48 AM
Ashley Menne - 9:36 AM
Alessandra Fanali - 9:24 AM
Alexandra Forsterling - 9:12 AM
Amanda Linner - 9:00 AM
HISTORY AT NORTHROP GRUMMAN
The annual tournament was not held last year because of COVID-19. Palos Verdes Golf Club, in partnership with Ohio State University, will again play host in Palos Verdes Estates, California. This is the 22nd time Arizona State has appeared, competing in every edition since 2000.
The Sun Devils won the tournament back in 2009 with a dominant performance, finishing 18-strokes ahead of the second-place finisher. Individually, Juliana Murcia won the the event in 2009, one of four Sun Devils to capture medalist honors at the event. Most recently, Olivia Mehaffey earned co-medalist honors at the 2018 edition. Monica Vaughn was the last sole winner for the program, doing so back in 2016. Some of the best names in the history of Sun Devil Women's Golf have used this event to help catapult their careers, including a win in 2011 by Carlota Ciganda preceeded by two second place finishes for Azahara Munoz in 2007 and 2008.
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