Mehaffey joins McCarthy on ANNIKA Award Preseason Watch List

Olivia Mehaffey (Getty Images)

Sun Devil Women’s golfers Olivia Mehaffey and Linn Grant have been named to the ANNIKA Award Preseason Watch List.

The ANNIKA Award presented by Stifel is awarded annually to the most outstanding women’s college golfer, as voted on by players, coaches and media.

Both Grant and Mehaffey earned a spot on last year’s preseason watch list and on subsequent midseason watch lists. Grant remained in contention for the award a majority of her freshman campaign, advancing all the way to the final 15.


“We are so honoured to have Olivia and Linn make the ANNIKA Preseason Watch List,” Head Coach Missy Farr-Kaye remarked.

“This is an award that both ladies are working toward achieving. We are grateful for the efforts and contributions to women’s collegiate golf by the ANNIKA Foundation!”

Royal County Down and Tandragee amateur Mehaffey joins Forrest Little golfer Julie McCarthy was also selected on the Watch list. It’s more good news for Mehaffey who made her first Major championship cut when she joined Leona Maguire and Stephanie Meadow in the weekend rounds of the recent ANA Inspiration.

A huge talent at Arizona State, Mehaffey extended her collegiate career by a year after playing opportunities dried up elsewhere due to Covid and will no doubt look to make the experience count alongside her Sun Devil teammates this term.


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