Beth Coulter put in a stunning performance for the Arizona State Sun Devils on day two of the newly-formatted Therese Hession Regional Challenge on Sunday, helping her side to a comprehensive victory over Pepperdine in the consolation bracket having fallen to Texas Tech and Ohio State on the previous day.
The tournament, which was originally scheduled for three stroke-play rounds from Feb. 4-6, was moved up a day due to impending inclement weather conditions. The format was also switched from traditional stroke-play to a bracket-style Match Play setup.
Arizona State faced off with Pepperdine in their only match of the day, taking down the No. 20-ranked Waves in impressive fashion, lead by Kirkistown Castle’s Coulter, who blitzed Kayee Kwok 6&4 in the third match, spear-heading the Maroon and Gold to a 4.5-0.5 win.
Head Coach Missy Farr-Kaye’s team is gaining valuable experience competing in their first Match Play event of the season. The NCAA Championship is decided via Match Play, giving the Sun Devils a glimpse of what would come should they make an end-of-the-season run. Not only was the format change beneficial, the competition present at the event was also fierce.
ASU took on a Top-10 Texas team in the first round followed by tournament host Ohio State, who are also ranked in the Top-50 yesterday. Today, they knocked off No. 20 Pepperdine, who made it to NCAA Championship Match Play a season ago.
Along with Coulter, Grace Summerhays, Patience Rhodes, and Calynne Rosholt all collected wins in their matches. They now move on to face No. 94 Georgetown in the 13th-place match.