Mehaffey shines brightly for Sun Devils at Northrop Grumman Challenge

Olivia Mehaffey (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
Olivia Mehaffey was a star performer once again as the Sun Devil Women’s Golf team wrapped-up the 25th edition of the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge at Palos Verdes Golf Club.

Sun Devil senior Mehaffey (-5/208), was brilliant all tournament long, putting together three consecutive rounds under par on her way to an individual second-place finish. She continued her dominance of the Palos Verdes Golf Club, earning silver in a loaded field less than a year after capturing the 2019 Pac-12 Championship at the same location. For Mehaffey, it represents her 11th appearance in the Top-Five of an event and 20th Top-10 finish as a collegiate.

Not to be outdone, the performance of Alessandra Fanali was equally as spectacular. The sophomore shot the lowest round of the day (-5/66), making her way 22 spots up the leaderboard into a tie for 12th. Not only was Fanali’s round a career-low, she carded one of only five 66’s in the tournament. It is already her sixth Top-15 finish and sixth round in the 60’s of her young career.
Arizona State continued to show improvement as the tournament progressed, lowering their score each day. The Maroon & Gold (-2/282) finished on a high note, putting together the third best round of the day by any team. Overall, the Sun Devils finished in fifth place in a field with eight of the Top-10 teams in the country and 12 members of the Top-25.
INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS

Position Player Team Score vs. Par Total
1 Kaleigh Telfer Auburn -6 207
T2 Olivia Mehaffey Arizona State -5 208
T2 Miranda Wang Duke -5 208
4 Emilie Paltrinieri UCLA -4 209
T12 Alessandra Fanali Arizona State E 213
T18 Linn Grant Arizona State +2 215

TEAM RESULTS
After ending the first day in a tie for seventh place, Arizona State moved up one spot in the team standings after each round, eventually climbing into fifth place. They finished a comfortable nine strokes (+7/859) ahead of sixth-place No. 2 Kent State, while also finishing well ahead of No 3. Wake Forest, No. 6 Stanford, No. 9 Florida, and 31 strokes ahead of No. 7 Arizona.

TEAM STANDINGS

Position Team Score vs. Par Total
1 #12 Duke -5 847
2 #5 USC +2 854
3 #1 Texas +3 855
4 #19 UCLA +6 858
5 #4 Arizona State +7 859


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