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Breaking Down the 2022-23 Women's Golf Schedule

Sep 10, 2022

TEMPE, Ariz. - The Sun Devil Women's Golf season is right around the corner, with Head Coach Missy Farr-Kaye announcing a challenging 2022-23 slate. 

The schedule features ten regular season tournaments, with four taking place in the Fall and the other six scheduled for the Spring of 2023. This leads into a three-part postseason which includes the Pac-12 Championship, NCAA Regionals, and the NCAA Championship.

Missy Farr-Kaye's team is coming off another strong campaign in which they finished ninth at the NCAA Championship, narrowly missing out on a second-straight berth in Match Play. Arizona State returns five from a talented 2021-22 roster and has high expectations yet again. The team will be tested with a difficult 2022-23 campaign, with the Sun Devils competing in some of the nation's premiere events. 

COACH'S CORNER
"We are excited for our schedule this coming year. The strength of this schedule is among the highest of any team in the nation.  Our team will be ready to travel to some great golf courses and venues while finishing our year at Grayhawk for the final year of ASU hosting the NCAA Championship!"

The following is a breakdown of the 2022-23 Sun Devil Women's Golf schedule, which features five events in the state of Arizona. Never have Sun Devil fans had more opportunities to check out their Sun Devils than this season. It all culminates in the 2023 NCAA Women's Golf Championship, once again hosted by Arizona State and The Thunderbirds at Grayhawk Golf Club. Here is more information on each tournament:

FALL SEASON
ANNIKA Intercollegiate – September 12-14 (Lake Elmo, MN)

For the third consecutive season, Arizona State will compete in the ANNIKA Intercollegiate hosted by the ANNIKA Foundation. The Sun Devils waste no time testing themselves against some of the nation's best teams. 12 teams will compete at Royal Golf Club for one of the Fall's most prestigious titles. ASU is joined by Oregon, South Carolina, Wake Forest, Alabama, Virginia, Auburn, Texas, Florida, Michigan, and Duke. 11 of the 12 programs are in the Preseason Top-25, making this a great early measuring stick opportunity for the Sun Devils.

Windy City Collegiate – October 3-4 (Highland Park, IL)
Arizona State will be back in a familiar spot when they return to the Windy City Collegiate, competing in the tournament in three of the past five years. Northwestern hosts this loaded field at another strong Fall event, featuring Top-25 teams in Oregon, USC, South Carolina, Duke, Florida, Texas, Michigan, Virginia and Arizona. Michigan State, Purdue, Washington, and Iowa State fill out the 14-team tournament, taking place at Exmoor Country Club.

Stanford Intercollegiate – October 21-23 (Stanford, CA)
Arguably the biggest challenge of the Fall will come from Arizona State's annual appearance in the Stanford Intercollegiate, hosted by Stanford at Stanford Golf Course. The Sun Devils have been a regular participant at this event since its inception, winning the team championship six times. The last time came in 2019 when Linn Grant and Raquel Olmos recorded Top-5 finishes. ASU is joined by ranked teams Florida, USC, Stanford, San Jose State, Georgia, Northwestern, Texas, and Virginia. 

Pac-12 Preview – October 31-November 2 (Kailua-Kona, HI)
The fall season wraps up in paradise, as Sun Devil Women's Golf makes their yearly trip to Hawaii for the Pac-12 Preview. A majority of the conference will make the trip to Nanea Golf Club for another prestigious tournament. Host school Hawaii will be the only non Pac-12 team in the field, giving fans a glimpse of what the Pac-12 Championship will look like. Arizona State will take a two-month break before competing in the Spring season that will span from January-May.

SPRING SEASON
Match in the Desert – January 23 (Gold Canyon, AZ)

The Sun Devils will make their first appearance in the state of Arizona when they travel to Superstition Mountain Golf & Country Club for the Match in the Desert. Arizona State will enter the event as the four-time defending event champion, winning the 2022 event over No. 2 Oklahoma State by five strokes. Kansas will host for the second consecutive year, with the tournament moving to one day in 2023. 

Nexus Collegiate – February 13-15 (New Providence, Bahamas)
Arizona State will leave the country for the first time in nearly a decade when they travel to the Bahamas for the Nexus Collegiate. The Sun Devils will be a part of a unique event taking place at Albany Golf Club and hosted by Auburn.  This is the first time ASU will compete in this event, which will be the first Women's Golf tournament hosted in the Bahamas. ASU will get the chance to face off with teams from the SEC & ACC in one of the marquee events of the Spring.

Darius Rucker Intercollegiate – February 27-March 1 (Hilton Head, SC)
Following a successful debut on GOLF Channel in 2022, the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate returns as one of the most important events in the college golf world. It will once again be aired live on GOLF Channel from Long Cove Club, with the nation's top teams getting exposure on a national scale. Arizona State enjoyed a fantastic performance at last year's Darius Rucker, with Coach Farr-Kaye getting her players ready to play under the pressure. This event ended up being a preview of the NCAA Championship last year, with the nation's top ranked teams getting significant media coverage and attention. 

Cactus Cup – March 13-14 (Phoenix, AZ)
Arizona State will make their second appearance in Arizona when they host the first-ever Cactus Cup in March. The two-day event is scheduled for match play format and will feature South Carolina, Virginia, and UCLA. Four NCAA Championship competitors will get a taste of Match Play, which is used to determine the NCAA Championship. ASU benefited from a similar experience at the Niklaus Cup in 2021-22, with Coach Farr-Kaye bringing a unique event to the backyard of Sun Devil fans.

PING/ASU Invitational – March 24-26 (Phoenix, AZ)
The Sun Devils continue a stretch in which they don't leave the state as they host the annual PING/ASU Invitational at Papago Golf Club. Several of the nation's top teams will once again take part in one of the most historic collegiate golf tournaments, the third chance for fans to check out ASU in the state. Arizona State is the defending champions, winning their 21st team championship in a run-a-way, claiming the victory by an enormous 15 strokes. 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.

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. 
 
Silverado Showdown – April 3-5 (Napa, CA)
The final regular season tournament is another familiar one for ASU, as they return to the Silverado Showdown at Silverado Resort & Spa. Colorado and Oregon host the event that the Sun Devils have had past success at. In 2022, Alessandra Fanali won the final regular season tournament of her career, becoming the first Sun Devil to win the Silverado Showdown. This represents the final tune-up before the postseason run begins.

POSTSEASON
Pac-12 Championship – April 17-19 (Phoenix, AZ)

For the first time since 2011, Arizona State will host the Pac-12 Women's Golf Championship in their fourth appearance in the state of Arizona. This will be the first time that the Sun Devils host at Papago Golf Club, a place that Coach Missy Farr-Kaye's team has enjoyed plenty of success at. The Maroon & Gold will get a chance to win their first Pac-12 Championship since 2009 in front of their home fans. The nation's top conference annually offers one of the most competitive conference championship events.

NCAA Regionals – May 8-10 (Athens/Palm Beach Gardens/Pullman/Raleigh/San Antonio/Westfield)
Arizona State has qualified for NCAA Regionals every year since it was instituted in 1992. If they do so again in 2022, they will travel to one of the following six sites. A total of 72 teams are selected to the NCAA Regionals, with 12 teams making each regional. ASU would need to finish in the Top-4 of their regional to advance to the NCAA Championship. Here are the six regional locations:

  • Athens, Georgia - University of Georgia Golf Course
  • Palm Beach Gardens, Florida – PGA National Resort
  • Pullman, Washington - Palouse Ridge Golf Club
  • Raleigh, North Carolina - Lonnie Poole Golf Course
  • San Antonio, Texas – TPC San Antonio
  • Westfield, Indiana - The Club at Chatham Hills

NCAA Championship – May 19-24 (Scottsdale, AZ; Grayhawk Golf Club)
The 2023 NCAA Women's Golf Championship will be hosted by the Thunderbirds and Arizona State at Grayhawk Golf Club. This is the third consecutive year that the Sun Devils will serve as host of the most prestigious event of the season. Coach Farr-Kaye's team has qualified for the NCAA Chamionship each of the past six seasons, advancing to NCAA Match Play on two ocassions (2017 & 2020). The 2017 run ended in the program's eighth NCAA Championship, a number they look to add to in their own backyard at the end of the season.

2022-23 Arizona State Women's Golf Schedule
ANNIKA Intercollegiate – September 12-14 (Lake Elmo, MN)
Windy City Collegiate – October 3-4 (Wilmette, IL)
Stanford Intercollegiate – October 21-23 (Stanford, CA)
Pac-12 Preview – October 31-November 2 (Kailua-Kona, HI)
Match in the Desert – January 23 (Gold Canyon, AZ)
Nexus Collegiate – February 13-15 (Nassau, Bahamas)
Darius Rucker Intercollegiate – February 27-March 1 (Hilton Head, SC)
Cactus Cup – March 13-14 (Scottsdale, AZ)
PING/ASU Invitational – March 24-26 (Phoenix, AZ)
Silverado Showdown – April 3-4 (Napa, CA)
Pac-12 Championship – April 17-19 (Phoenix, AZ)
NCAA Regionals – May 8-10 (Athens/Palm Beach Gardens/Pullman/Raleigh/San Antonio/Westfield)
NCAA Championship – May 19-24 (Scottsdale, AZ; Grayhawk Golf Club)