Women’s golf set to host 49th PING/ASU Invitational
TEMPLEArizona – Sun Devil Women’s Golf is hosting the 49th Annual PING/ASU Invitational at Papago Golf Club March 25-27.
Arizona State entered the Top 10 in the national rankings thanks to several impressive performances in the spring. They come to the annual PING/ASU Invitational confident and at ease, playing at home in front of the Sun Devil fans.
“We look forward to hosting PING/ASU this weekend,” said the head coach. Missy Farr Kaye noticed. “Our fans always do a great job supporting us at this event, it will be fun to see all the Maroon & Gold on the course.”
The PING/ASU Invitational takes place at Papago Golf Club (5595 Karsten, Phoenix, AZ 85008) Friday through Sunday and is free and open to the public. Don’t miss your chance to cheer on the top 10 Sun Devils in their only regular season home tournament.
The PING/ASU Invitational presents another busy field, as the tournament consistently attracts the top teams in the country. ASU is one of 16 teams that make up the field, 8 of which are ranked in Golfstat’s latest Top-25. 11 of the 16 competing teams are ranked in the Top 50, including five Top 10 teams. Missy Farr KayeThe team has had a ton of success against ranked teams this year, recently beating six Top 25 teams to finish fourth in the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge.
NORTHROP GRUMMAN REGIONAL CHALLENGE TOP-25 TEAMS (GOLFSTAT)
8. State of Arizona
In addition to the eight ranked teams, Colorado, Denver, Harvard, New Mexico, Northwest, Oregon State, San Diego State and Washington round out the field.
There are also plenty of individual stars competing in the regional challenge. An impressive 17 of Golfstat’s top 50 individual golfers are on the course, including Arizona State’s Alexandra Forsterling (#6) and Calynne Rosholt (#10) and . A total of 41 of the nation’s top 200 golfers highlight a great course presenting a resume-building opportunity.
After a tough qualifying session, Coach Farr-Kaye selected a deep and talented group of five to represent Maroon & Gold. One of the benefits of being the host team is that all seven Sun Devils will participate in the PING/ASU Invitational. Arizona State will start their round at 8 a.m. on the 10th hole, with a new golfer starting their round every 11 minutes. They will be paired with No. 1 Stanford, No. 10 Michigan and Northwestern on day one. Tee times for Saturday and Sunday will be determined by the previous day’s team standings.
Alexandra Forsterling won first place this week and is among the top 10 golfers in the country. Another Top 10 golfer Calynne Rosholt follows in place of No. 2. Returning All-American Ashley Menne qualified third, followed by Alessandra Fanali at No. 4. Grace Summerhays is back in the lineup and will debut at the PING/ASU Invitational. Amanda Linnier and Breyana Matthews will participate as individuals, eligible to win the individual title.
Originally built in 1963, Papago Golf Club was one of the first golf courses in the valley and has been an asset to the Phoenix public golf community. Designed by well known and esteemed golf course architect William Francis (Billy) Bell. The course offers spectacular views of Phoenix from its unique strategic location at the base of Papago Buttes. Despite its central location, golfers discover a setting rich in native elements that make Arizona unique.
The home of Sun Devil Men’s and Women’s Golf was named Arizona’s National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA) Course of the Year for 2021. The annual host site for the ASU/PING Invitational and Thunderbird Collegiate has long been considered one of the best courses in the state, but it has now won the official title after being crowned by the NGCOA last year.
HISTORY AT PING/ASU INVITATIONAL
It’s 49e edition of the PING/ASU Invitational, which has earned a reputation as one of the toughest courses of the spring women’s golf season. The first 46 took place at Karsten Golf Course, with the last three taking place at Papago Golf Club. It’s a great opportunity for the nation’s top teams to experience the intensity of post-season golf leading up to the conference champions. Arizona State has won the most event titles, winning the Tag Team Championship at PING/ASU 21 times. This included the 2021 version, in which they shared first place with Oregon after a year-long hiatus due to COVID-19. ASU last won the title in 2017 en route to a national championship.
The Maroon & Gold also have the most individual medalists in tournament history, with the Sun Devils winning the crown 16 times. Roberta Liti most recently won in 2017, shooting a 206 (-10) to take the win. Some of the highest scores in the program’s history have come to PING/ASU, with Monica Vaughn leads the way with a history of 64 (-8) in the first round of the 2017 version. Last year, Linn Grant finished second, a result that propelled her to No. 1 in the national Golfstat rankings.
LAST TIME OUT
Sun Devil Women’s Golf put in another strong performance last week finishing the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge. Arizona State finished in fourth place in a field with 10 Top 25 teams, falling only behind three Top 10 teams in the standings. All of the programming contributed throughout the week, but no one was more successful than Alexandra Forsterling. She was once again spectacular, continuing her decorated senior campaign with a third-place finish in a field that included 30 of the nation’s top 100 golfers.
SUN DEVILS IN THE RANKING
After another impressive finish, Arizona State continues to climb in the national polls. The Sun Devils are ranked No. 8 by Golfstat, No. 9 team by Golfweek/Sagarin and are the No. 11 team in the Mizuno WGCA Coaches Poll. With another challenge this coming week, the Maroon & Gold will have a chance to improve this ranking.
Several Sun Devils continue to climb the individual national rankings, as Arizona State features one of the most talented rosters in the nation. Alexandra Forsterling is now ranked as the No. 5 golfer in the nation according to the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, the highest ranking of any Sun Devils. The same tabbed post Calynne Rosholt as the No. 14 player in the country. Golfstat also views several Sun Devils favorably, ranking second in the Top 10. Alexandra Forsterling arrived at No. 6 and Calynne Rosholt is right behind her at No. 10, giving ASU one of the most decorated duos in the nation.
HOW TO FOLLOW
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