Coulter Shines on Day Two of ANNIKA Intercollegiate
LAKE ELMO, Minn. - Sun Devil Women's Golf came to play as they shined in the second round of the ANNIKA Intercollegiate on Tuesday at Royal Golf Club.
The adjustments implemented by Head Coach Missy Farr-Kaye and Associate Head Coach Michelle Estill worked, as Arizona State saw massive improvement from the first to second day. The Maroon & Gold cut their total by 15 strokes, firing a 285 (-3) to gain several spots on the teams just ahead of them on the leaderboard. ASU sits in ninth place as a team after finishing with the fifth-best round of the day.
A big reason for the jump was the outstanding play of freshman Beth Coulter, who came through in only her second collegiate round. She carded a 68 (-4) to lead all Sun Devils, climbing 28 spots up the leaderboard and into a tie for 17th place. She is tied with teammate Ashley Menne (E/72), who was steady for the second consecutive day. They weren't the only Sun Devils to shave strokes off their score from yesterday, as both Paula Schulz-Hanssen (E/72) and Grace Summerhays (+1/73) bounced back with counting scores.
Virginia leads as a team as does their individual, Amanda Sambach, with 18 holes left to play. Arizona State look to build on the excellent round when they complete their first tournament of the 2022-23 season tomorrow starting at 6:55 AM MST. Track the scores via the Golfstat leaderboard at the following link.
After beginning their day on hole one yesterday, ASU flipped to start on hole 10 today. It was clear from the start that this was a different Sun Devil team, as Missy Farr-Kaye had her team focused. This best testament to that came in the form of a red-hot start for Beth Coulter. She birdied her first two holes of the day, setting up what would be a spectacular round. Paula Schulz-Hanssen followed suit with a couple birdies of her own, the first two of her Sun Devil career. She finished the back nine under par to kick her day off strong. Calynne Rosholt also managed to card a pair of birdies on the back nine to finish one-over, matching Grace Summerhays' back nine total.
Arizona State started their day on the back nine, so the front nine represented the final nine holes. It was a strong finish as a team, with ASU finishing two-under down the stretch. Leading the way was freshman Beth Coulter, who played bogey-free golf while burying three birdie putts. She ended on a high note, recording a birdie on two of her final three holes, including the ninth and final hole. Ashley Menne also had three birdies on the front nine, all coming during a torrid six-hole stretch. Grace Summerhays was extremely consistent on her front nine, avoiding any mistakes and carding all pars. Paula Schulz-Hanssen joined Coulter in birdieing the final hole, giving her momentum heading into Wednesday's final round.
"We played really well today. What a difference from day-to-day improving by 15-shots. I love the resilience of this team and we worked hard yesterday after the round and worked on a few things that we struggled with. We came back and they played solid and they know they can play better. It's a great place to be. We have a long way to go for the season but I'm really proud of how they played today and they did a great job. We look forward to one more day tomorrow. We're going to keep learning and its terrific to be here at the ANNIKA. We look forward to a great last day tomorrow.
Arizona State will begin the final round of the ANNIKA Intercollegiate tomorrow morning at 6:55 AM MST.
|PAIRING||Arizona State, Florida, Oregon|
|6:55 A.M.||Paula Schulz-Hanssen|
|7:05 A.M.||Grace Summerhays|
|7:15 A.M.||Calynne Rosholt|
|7:25 A.M.||Beth Coulter|
|7:35 A.M.||Ashley Menne|
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