Farr-Kaye Lands on WGCA National Coach of the Year Watch List
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. - Sun Devil Women's Golf Head Coach Missy Farr-Kaye is on the Division I Jackie Steinmann National Coach of the Year Watch List, the WGCA announced.
Farr-Kaye has been identified as one of the top leaders having guided her alma mater to a No. 7 national ranking and two impressive tournament wins. She is in firm contention for her second coach of the year honor of her career, having been named the consensus 2017 National Coach of the Year by every publication after leading Arizona State to a National Championship. A Sun Devil Women's Golf Head Coach has won a National Coach of the Year award on six different occasions, with Linda Vollstedt responsible for four of those.
This season can be considered one of Farr-Kaye's best coaching jobs yet, as the team has yet to stop improving over the course of the year. Despite the loss of Olivia Mehaffey and Linn Grant to the professional ranks, the program has not missed a beat, remaining in the Top-10 a majority of the season. Major strides have been made by every individual on the roster resulting in an extremely successful Spring campaign.
Four members of the team received Pac-12 All-Conference honors, as the Sun Devils were one of the deepest teams in the nation. Led by National Player of the Year candidate Alexandra Forsterling, ASU has recorded several impressive finishes during the 2021-22 season. Forsterling has emerged into one of the best golfers in the country under the tutelage of Farr-Kaye. She is in the midst of one of the most successful senior campaigns in program history and is currently ranked No. 3 in the nation.
Fellow senior Alessandra Fanali is playing her best golf at the right time, a signature of Coach Farr-Kaye's style. In her last two events, Fanali won the Silverado Showdown and finished top-10 at the Pac-12 Championship, peaking at the most important part of the season.
"Coach has been critical to our success this season," Fanali remarked. ""She helps us to stay in the present and live the moment, not worrying about what we can't control. We are lucky to have her as our leader. This honor is well deserved."
In a similar fashion to last year when she finished fourth at the NCAA Championship, Ashley Menne is coming on strong as she finds her swing. Menne has skyrocketed the rankings this Spring and has been a maintstay in the lineup. The adjustments implemented by Farr-Kaye and Menne in practice are paying off and she has the benefit of a year of experience heading into NCAA's.
A big part of the reason the roster transition has been so seamless is the performance of freshman Calynne Rosholt. She is on the ANNIKA Award Spring Watch List and has been tabbed as one of the top freshman in the country. Farr-Kaye had her ready to play from the start, as Rosholt did not finish outside the Top-20 in the Fall. Her Spring has been equally as productive, as she has provided a steady presence to the lineup in just her first year.
Fellow freshman Grace Summerhays has arguably been Farr-Kaye's biggest success story. Summerhays has provided a huge boost since joining the team in January, immediately contributing as a part of the lineup. Despite her inexperience at this level, Farr-Kaye identified her during the recruiting process as someone who could handle the big stage. That has proven to be the case, with Summerhays holding her own and consistently competing for a spot in the starting five.
The eight-time national champion Sun Devil Women's Golf team will head to Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Oklahoma after being selected to the Stillwater NCAA Regional, hosted by Oklahoma State running May 9-11. This is the 29th consecutive year that Sun Devil Women's Golf has qualified for a regional, doing so every time since the format was instituted. ASU has not missed a NCAA Tournament under Farr-Kaye.
Arizona State will be the No. 2 seed in a regional that features host school No. 1 seed Oklahoma State. The regional also includes No. 3 seed Baylor, No. 4 Auburn, No. 5 Michigan State, No. 6 Clemson, No. 7 Campbell (Big South Champion), No. 8 Furman (SoCon Champion, No. 9 NC State, No. 10 California, No. 11 Tulane (AAC Champion), and No. 12 Illinois State (MVC Champion).
"We are excited to have earned the #2 seed at the Oklahoma State regional," Head Coach Missy Farr-Kaye remarked. "Karsten Creek is a great test of golf and I believe this team is ready for the challenge. The best is yet to come for our team!"
Arizona State has won two team championships in the Spring season, emerging as one of the nation's most improved teams. Here is a closer look at how they took home their two titles:
Alexandra Forsterling and Arizona State Sweep PING/ASU Titles
Sun Devil Women's Golf matched a program record with a historic team score of 839, earning the team title at the 2022 PING/ASU Invitational in dominant fashion.
Arizona State (-25/839) was the best team from start to finish, winning another PING/ASU Invitational by beating out the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the nation. Arizona State won their 21st team championship in a run-a-way, claiming the victory by an enormous 15 strokes. It is the 96th team championship in program history, 17 of which have come in the Farr-Kaye era.
Alexandra Forsterling was sensational in taking home individual medalist honors, becoming the 17th Sun Devil to win the individual crown. Forsterling (-9/207) had to beat out teammate Ashley Menne for the title, as Arizona State finished 1-2 in the final player standings. She is the first Sun Devil to win at PING/ASU since Roberta Liti back in 2017.
This is the 13th time that Arizona State has swept both the individual and team titles, eight more than any other team in PING/ASU Invitational history. Not only was the 839 (-25) tied for the lowest score in program history, the 15-stroke advantage was the most ASU has won by in PING/ASU Invitational history.
Sun Devil Women's Golf Wins Match in the Desert
Sun Devil Women's Golf impressed over the two days of the Match in the Desert, winning the event at Superstition Mountain Golf Club for the fourth consecutive time.
Arizona State (-18/558) fired back-to-back rounds well below par, defeating No. 2 Oklahoma State by five strokes. The 278 (-10) posted by the Maroon & Gold yesterday was the best round by any team at the Match in the Desert while their 280 (-8) today was the second-best. Five Sun Devils finished in the Top-9 of the 42-golfer field, as it was dominating performance from Head Coach Missy Farr-Kaye's team.
The Sun Devils paced a field that included four of the eight finalists at the 2021 NCAA Championship, as they defeated No. 2 Oklahoma State, No. 14 Arizona, No. 15 UCLA, and No. 24 Ole Miss. ASU finished eight-under on par four holes which proved to be the difference, as the next best team only mustered a six-over score on the same opportunities. The Maroon & Gold's 29 birdies were the second most of any team in the field, while their 31 bogeys were by far the fewest.
Alexandra Forsterling led the way individually, earning a career-best second-place finish. She followed up a career low 66 yesterday with another great round, carding a 69 (-3) to finish the tournament at 135 (-9). She may have missed the individual title by one stroke, but she recorded her fifth-career Top-10 finish. Forsterling was nearly flawless both days, bogeying only two holes compared to nine birdies and an eagle. She was dominant on both par four (3.75) and par five (4.3) holes, finishing with the best scoring average in each category.
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