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Fanali Leads Women's Golf on Day One of Pac-12 Championship

Apr 18, 2022

EUGENE, OR - Sun Devil Women's Golf is in a favorable position following day one of the 2022 Pac-12 Women's Golf Championships, hosted at Eugene Country Club.

Arizona State (+6/294) finds themselves in a tie for third following the completion of the first round, trailing overall leader Stanford by only four strokes with two days remaining. The teams had to endure extremely tough conditions, with wind and rain complicating the championship setting. The Maroon & Gold were not fazed, delivering a solid performance in finishing ahead of teams such as No. 2 and host school Oregon, No. 15 UCLA, and No. 25 Arizona.

Two Sun Devils are in the Top-10 after 18 holes, as the star power and depth of the Arizona State lineup was on full display. Even though they are slotted in the fourth and fifth spots, Alessandra Fanali and Grace Summerhays are considered two of the top golfers in the nation. The duo registered the team's two lowest rounds of the day, powering the Sun Devils to the third-best score.

Fanali shot a 71 (-1) which is good enough to tie her for second place, trailing overall leader USC's Brianna Navarrosa by only one strokes. Fanali overcame an early bogey and was flawless from that point forward, finishing her final 16 holes at two-under. That included two birdies on her final two holes, as she built confidence and momentum heading into the second round. 

Making her Pac-12 Championship debut just four months removed from arriving on campus, Grace Summerhays played with a poise and maturity beyond her years. Despite her inexperience at this level, she is no stranger to the big stage and it is showing at Eugene Country Club. Summerhays is tied for ninth after shooting a 73 (+1), only three strokes back from the current leader. She positioned herself for a title run thanks to an excellent front nine, thriving under the pressure of being the first Sun Devil to test the course. 

2022 Pac-12 Women's Golf Scholar Athlete of the Year Alexandra Forsterling is also high up in the standings after the first round. She is tied for 15th thanks to a 74 (+2), only four strokes behind the top spot on a crowded leaderboard. Forsterling finished her final eight holes under par, looking to build off that solid play heading into the second day. 

QUOTABLES
Head Coach Missy Farr-Kaye
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We did a really good job today handling the conditions. When we started the day the temperature was in the 40's and when we finished it was raining w 15 mile an hour wind gusts.  Eugene country club is a true test as well. Ale did a good job leading us today. We need to continue to stay mentally strong as the conditions may worsen. This team is very resilient and I look forward to watching us climb the leaderboard tomorrow."

TEAM RESULTS
 

Place Team 1 To Par
1 Stanford 290 +2
2 USC 292 +4
T3 Arizona State 294 +6
T3 Washington 294 +6

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
 

Place Player 1 To Par
T2 Alessandra Fanali 71 -1
T9 Grace Summerhays 73 +1
T15 Alexandra Forsterling 74 +2
T31 Ashley Menne 76 +4
54 Calynne Rosholt 82 +10

UP NEXT
Arizona State will begin round two of the Pac-12 Championship tomorrow starting at 9:45 AM MST. They will be paired with Washington, who they are tied with in third place. The five Sun Devils will tee off every nin minutes starting on hole one. Here is a closer look at where they will begin tomorrow morning:
 
PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIP DAY TWO TEE TIMES (HOLE ONE)
Alessandra Fanali - 10:21 AM MST
Grace Summerhays - 10:12 AM MST
Alexandra Forsterling - 10:03 AM MST
Ashley Menne - 9:54 AM MST
Calynne Rosholt - 9:45 AM MST

HISTORY AT THE PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIP
No team has enjoyed more success at the Pac-10/12 Women's Golf Championships than Arizona State. Their 13 individual champions are six more than any other team, while their eight team championships are tied for first. Most recently, Olivia Mehaffey claimed the 2019 Individual Championship by coming back from four strokes down on the final day. The Sun Devils last one as a team back in 2009 on their way to the program's seventh of eight NCAA Championships, with Coach Farr-Kaye serving as an Assistant Coach that year.
 
Legendary Sun Devil Women's Golf Head Coach Linda Vollstedt could be considered the queen of the Pac-10/12 Championships. Her teams won it a total of six times, including the first two in 1987 & 1988. Later in her career, Arizona State ran off four straight titles during their dominant run in the mid-90s, a feat that has never been matched since. ASU has three Top-3 finishes at the conference championships under Coach Farr-Kaye, finishing third in 2016, 2019, and last year in 2021. 

HOW TO FOLLOW
Daily highlights will be featured across Pac-12 Network, Pac-12.com and Pac-12 social media channels, culminating with a special half-hour recap on Pac-12 Network on Thursday, April 21 at 6:00 p.m. PT. 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).