Women's Golf Moves into Second at Stillwater Regional
STILLWATER, Okla. - Sun Devil Women's Golf delivered another excellent round on the second day of the Stillwater Regional, hosted at Karsten Creek Golf Club.
Arizona State (+14/590) avoided the mistakes that plagued other teams, solidifying their spot in the coveted Top-4. Head Coach Missy Farr-Kaye's team is now in second place, finishing with the fourth-best round of the day. Following a second place finish at last year's Columbus Regional, the Sun Devils are once again in a great position. ASU is currently five strokes up on fifth place Michigan State heading into the final day, looking to clinch another berth into the NCAA Championship.
The three Sun Devils in the Top-10 after round one remained there, as Ashley Menne, Grace Summerhays, and Alexandra Forsterling continue to lead the way. No one in Maroon & Gold shot over a 75 today, as the adjustments implemented by the coaching staff and team overnight paid off. Summerhays and Menne are tied for seventh place to pace Arizona State, accounting for a 146 (+2) through two rounds. Alexandra Forsterling (+3/147) is right behind them in a tie for ninth, as ASU is joined by only overall leader Baylor in having three in the Top-10.
Major improvements from Alessandra Fanali and Calynne Rosholt allowed ASU to make the jump into second as a team. Fanali moved up 10 spots after shaving eight strokes off her score, finishing with a team-low 72 (E) today. A similar response came from Rosholt, as she skyrocketed 15 positions after an incredible 11-stroke turnaround. Next up, Arizona State begins the final round tomorrow at 7:06 AM MST on Hole 1, paired with Baylor and Clemson in the featured group. ASU needs to finish in the Top-4 in order to clinch their spot in the 24-team NCAA Championship field, hosted at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale May 20-25.
The signs of Calynne Rosholt's reversal were apparent early, as she put together a great front nine. Rosholt finished at one-under par thanks to a pair of birdies and consistent play. Ashley Menne matched her teammate in going under par on the front nine and recording two birdies in the process. The highlight of the opening nine was an eagle on a par-four fourth hole by Alessandra Fanali, which kick-started a fantastic round.
A key to the back nine was avoiding mistakes, as other teams faltered due to the heat and unusual weather conditions. Not only did Alessandra Fanali do that, she actually managed to finish under par, establish momentum heading into the final day. Grace Summerhays was outstanding over her final 14 holes, including a bogey-free eight hole stretch to end the day. Alexandra Forsterling battled back to par for the back nine after a birdie on 18, followed immediately after by another Sun Devil birdie on 18 by Ashley Menne. Arizona State will look to build on the success at the end of the round heading into the final day.
Head Coach Missy Farr-Kaye
"We had another solid day today. I am so proud of how Calynne and Alessandra came back so strong today! Grace is doing a great job handling the stress of an NCAA Regional Championship. We are going to stick to our plan to be very strategic on this golf course. The winds continue to be high with very hot and humid conditions. Our mental toughness and grit have been evident this week!"
Tee times for the third day of the Stillwater Regional site have been announced. Along with Baylor and Clemson, Arizona State will be in the featured group as their first round begins on the 1st hole at 7:06 a.m. MST. A new competitor tees-off every 11 minutes.
|Arizona State, Baylor, Clemson
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