Mehaffey tied 6th as Sun Devils romp home in Hawaii

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Mehaffey tied 6th as Sun Devils romp home in Hawaii

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Olivia Mehaffey put together her 20th career top-10 finish as the No.3 Sun Devil Women’s Golf team put the finishing touches on a dominating victory at the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational.

The Tandragee and Royal County Down player Mehaffey was the best of anyone at the tournament on par four holes, going five-under on those opportunities. Her 10 birdies were tied for the sixth-highest total by an individual as she tied 6th at one-under par.

Arizona State (-12/852) proved they were in a different class compared to the rest of the field, cruising to a 19-stroke win while posting the sixth lowest total vs. par over 54 holes in program history. To put the Sun Devils total of 852 (-12) into perspective, no other team finished below par, including 12 of the 16 teams finishing 886 (+22) or worse. The coaching staff was pleased with what they saw in Hawaii, as the team was able to earn their second event title of the season (Stanford Intercollegiate).

“I am really proud of this team,” Head Coach Missy Farr-Kaye remarked. “We played really well over the last two days.”

In addition to the team title, freshman Linn Grant (-7/209) also took home Individual Medallist honours, capturing the first win of her young collegiate career. She was tested on her way to claiming the crown, showing she can respond to pressure. After tying through 54 holes, Grant would come out on top of a five-hole playoff with TCU’s Sabrina Iqbal thanks to a clutch birdie.

“Linn persevered through the a five-hole playoff, which was an awesome way to get her first win,” Coach Farr-Kaye added.

The program claims it’s 91st team championship and Linn Grant becomes the 91st Sun Devil to win an individual title since 1982.

TEAM STANDINGS

Position Team Score vs. Par Total
1 Arizona State -12 852
2 TCU +7 871
3 Ohio State +8 872
4 Stetson +13 877
5 Hawaii +22 886

INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS

Position Player Team Score vs. Par Total
1 Linn Grant Arizona State -7 209
2 Sabrina Iqbal TCU -7 209
3 Tai Anudit Kennesaw State -6 210
4 Aneka Seumanutafa Ohio State -5 211
5 Raquel Olmos Arizona State -2 214
T6 Olivia Mehaffey Arizona State -1 215
T6 Alessandra Fanali Arizona State -1 215

 

LOOKING AHEAD
Sun Devil Women’s Golf prepares for an event with one of the most competitive fields of any tournament in the 2019-20 season, taking place in their own backyard. Arizona State will host the annual PING/ASU Invitational running March 27-29 at Papago Golf Course. Coach Farr-Kaye’s team will have plenty of confidence heading into the 48th edition of the event. The Maroon & Gold has enjoyed the home course advantage in the past, capturing 20 PING/ASU team titles, the most of any program. A total of 17 different Sun Devils have earned at least a share of the individual crown. Stay tuned to our social media platforms and website in the coming days for more information on the tournament.

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