Sun Devil Women’s Pac-12 Championship Golf Set

TEMPLE, Arizona — The No. 7 Sun Devil Women’s Golf prepares for the 2022 Pac-12 Championship, held at Eugene Country Club in Oregon.

Arizona State begins the playoffs with arguably the toughest tournament they’ve entered so far, as the nation’s most competitive conference hosts its annual championship. The event spans three days, with a 54-hole stroke play competition taking place at Eugene Country Club for the fourth time.

The setup is par-72 for 6,267 yards for the Sun Devils’ first leg of the playoffs. Not only is the Pac-12 Championship on the line, but so is the rivalry’s bragging rights. The top finisher between Arizona State and Arizona at this event will be awarded a Critical Territorial Cup Series point. ASU claimed the point last year by virtue of a third-place finish. Here’s a full overview of the Pac-12 Championship:

FIELD
Each year, the Pac-12 Championship features an extremely prestigious field, making it one of the premier tournaments in the nation. This year is no different, with eight teams ranked in Golfstat’s Top-50. That includes four of the top 10 teams in the nation, with No. 7 Arizona State winning all three Pac-12 championship seeds. No. 1 Stanford and host No. 2 Oregon highlight the pack, with No. 9 USC, No. 12 UCLA and No. 25 Arizona rounding out the top 25 foes.

 

TOP 50 TEAMS IN THE NORTHROP GRUMMAN REGIONAL CHALLENGE (GOLFSTAT)
No. 1 STANFORD
No. 2 OREGON
#7 ARIZONA STATE
No. 9 USC
No. 12 UCLA
#25 ARIZONA
No. 32 OREGON STATE
No. 39 WASHINGTON

There are also plenty of individual stars competing at the Pac-12 Championship. An impressive 16 of Golfstat’s top 50 individual golfers are on the course, including Arizona State Alexandra Forsterling (#2), Calynne Rosholt (#24) and Ashley Menne (#33). A total of 35 of the nation’s top 200 golfers highlight an excellent course presenting a final CV-building opportunity.

RANGE
After a tough qualifying session, Coach Farr-Kaye selected a deep and talented group of five to represent Maroon & Gold. Alexandra Forsterling won first place again, a strong candidate to win the Pac-12 Championship. Ashley Menne prepares for his second Pac-12 championship, climbing the leaderboard and playing from second place. ANNIKA Award Spring Watch List Member Calynne Rosholt follows in the No. 3 spot, looking to continue a historic first season. Alessandra Fanali at No. 4 is no stranger to the Pac-12 Championship, having previously competed in two. Grace Summerhays rounds out the lineup, making his Pac-12 Championship debut just four months after arriving on campus.

PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY

No team has had 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 tag team championships are tied for first. More recently, Olivia Mehaffey won the 2019 Individual Championship by coming back from four strokes on the final day. The Sun Devils last played as a team in 2009 en route to the seventh of the program’s 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. Its teams have won it a total of six times, including the first two in 1987 and 1988. Later in its career, Arizona State won four straight titles in its dominant run in the mid-1990s, a feat that didn’t go unnoticed. never been equaled since. ASU has three top-3 finishes in conference championships under Coach Farr-Kaye, finishing third in 2016, 2019 and last year in 2021.

LAST TIME OUT
Sun Devil Women’s Golf Alessandra Fanali won the Silverado Showdown, held at the Silverado Resort and Spa. She couldn’t have asked for a better result in the last regular season tournament of her career, as she earned an impressive victory by three strokes. Fanali was excellent throughout the first two days, but still found herself trailing by three strokes with 18 holes to play. The deficit did not faze her, as she quickly made up for it and more, outpacing the competition by a comfortable margin. Carding a 69 (-3) today, Fanali was one of only two golfers to hit 60 twice this week.

It is her second career victory, but the first in a tally tournament, as she won the Match in the Desert as a sophomore in 2020. She has proven to be extremely comfortable on this field of golf, as she finished in the Top-5 at the 2021 Silverado Showdown. Fanali had to beat an extremely competitive field at the Silverado Showdown, finishing ahead of 24 of the top 100 golfers in the country.

SUN DEVILS IN THE RANKING
After another strong spring finish, Arizona State continues to maintain its elite status in the national polls. The Sun Devils are ranked No. 7 by Golfstat, No. 7 team by Golfweek/Sagarin and are the No. 7 team in the Mizuno WGCA Coaches Poll. With another major challenge this coming week, the Maroon & Gold will have a chance to improve this ranking.


Several Sun Devils continue to be viewed favorably in individual national rankings, as Arizona State features one of the most talented rosters in the nation. Alexandra Forsterling is now ranked as the No. 2 golfer in the nation according to Golfstat and No. 4 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, the highest ranking of any Sun Devils. The same tabbed posts Calynne Rosholt as the nation’s No. 25 and 32 player respectively. Ashley Menne rises in the polls, giving ASU one of the most decorated trios in the nation. Menne is ranked No. 33 nationally by Golfstat and No. 38 by Golfweek, as ASU has three of the top 40 golfers in the nation.

HOW TO FOLLOW
Daily highlights will be featured on the 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 Sun Devil Women’s Golf program updates and information, follow our Twitter/Instagram accounts (@SunDevilWGolf), like our Facebook page (facebook.com/sundevilwgolf/) and visit our website (thesundevils.com).

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