Forsterling Finishes Third, Women's Golf Fourth at Northrop Grumman
PALOS VERDES ESTATES, Calif. - Sun Devil Women's Golf wrapped up another strong performance, completing the final round of the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge on Tuesday.
Arizona State finished in fourth place in a field with 10 Top-25 teams, finding themselves only behind three Top-10 teams in the standings. The entire lineup contributed throughout the week, but no one enjoyed more success than Alexandra Forsterling. She was spectacular yet again, continuing her decorated senior campaign with a third place finish in a field that included 30 of the Top-100 ranked golfers in the nation. Head Coach Missy Farr-Kaye's team has a ton of momentum and confidence heading into their home tournament, as they will host the PING/ASU Invitational on March 25-27 at Papago Golf Club.
The five Sun Devils started spread out from Holes 1-5 due to the shotgun start. After somewhat of a slow start, ASU began to find their rhythm. The Sun Devils started avoiding mistakes and playing more consistent, play that was carried over to the back nine. No one exemplified that more than Alexandra Forsterling, who was even over her first nine while others around her on the leaderboard faltered.
Following a front nine that offered only two birdies, ASU more than made up for it with eight birdies and an eagle on the back nine. It was more of the same from Alexandra Forsterling, who bounced back from an opening bogey with some flawless golf. She finished her final 17 holes at five-under, highlighted by an eagle on 16, the lone recorded by a Sun Devil. Calynne Rosholt was also strong down the stretch, going one-under over her last nine holes to move into a tie for 10th. Amanda Linner matched Rosholt during that stretch, eventually moving up four spots on the final day.
- Alexandra Forsterling is proving why she is considered one of the best golfers in the nation, enjoying an incredible senior season
- She finished in third place, her tenth Top-10 finish of her career. Four of those have come this season
- This was her third-best finish of her career
- Forsterling's 4.44 scoring average on par five holes was tied for the best of anyone in the field
- Calynne Rosholt records another Top-10 finish, continuing one of the best starts ever by a Sun Devil freshman.
- She has yet to finish outside the Top-20 this season after tying for 10th place
- This is her fourth Top-10 finish in only her eighth start
- Her 3.97 scoring average was the fifth-best in the field and the lowest on the team
- In four Spring tournaments, Arizona State has finished ahead of 24 Top-25 teams.
Coach Farr-Kaye on Alexandra Forsterling's performance...
"Lexi is playing incredibly well and it is great to see. Her last 2 rounds of 67 -67 with an eagle coming down the stretch were amazing!"
Coach Farr-Kaye on how the team is playing...
"Calynne had another great week in a very good field on another tough golf course," Coach Farr-Kaye added. "As a team we are headed in a great direction. We have yet to put it all together and when we do it's going to be fun!!!"
Alexandra Forsterling on bouncing back during her final two rounds...
"It was really satisfying, especially staying staying bogey free on the second round and I was happy that I was able to play the same again today. I just tried to learn from the first day and work on the things that I did wrong and it turned out really good."
Alexandra Forsterling on her back nine and eagle on 16...
So I knew that after being -2 I had a pretty good chance at 16 to maybe make a birdie. I had a good drive and a really good shot into the green with my 7 wood. I hit it exactly how I wanted to hit it and I ended up having a 10 feet putt which I holed and I was super happy with making eagle.
Sun Devil fans will have an amazing opportunity to check out the Sun Devils as they take on some of the top team's in the nation as host of the PING/ASU Invitational. It will be the 49th edition of the tournament played now at Papago Golf Club, home of the Sun Devil Golf programs. Arizona State has won the most titles in the event's history, claiming the team championship at PING/ASU an incredible 21 times. ASU split the Team Championship with Oregon last year, with Linn Grant finishing in a tie for second. This year, the event runs March 25-27, 2022. Stay tuned to thesundevils.com and our social media accounts (@SunDevilWGolf) for more updates on this year's event.
"We are all extremely happy to host Ping ASU and be home for a week," Alexandra Forsterling mentioned. "It's always excited to play a course we know extremely well and to have our friends and family come out to watch and support us. I will actually have my mom there which I am super excited about."
2022 Arizona State Women's Golf Remaining Schedule
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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