ASU women's golf survives Oregon push to tie for first in PING/ASU Invitational

The Sun Devils and the Ducks tied at two strokes under par, the only two teams to finish the tournament under par

No. 8 ASU women's golf tied for first alongside No. 22 Oregon in the 15-team PING/ASU Invitational at the Papago Golf Club in Phoenix.

ASU held first place heading into day three, but Oregon shot nine strokes under par on the final day to propel the team to the first-place tie. ASU finished two strokes under par in the final round.

Sophomore Linn Grant once again led the way for ASU, shooting four strokes under par for the tournament to finish in a four-way tie for second place on the individual leaderboard. 

She finished one stroke behind the first-place finisher, Northwestern junior Kelly Sim. Grant put herself in position to tie with Sim for first before she hit a bogey on the 17th hole in the final round. It was the first time this season she did not finish a tournament either in first or tied for first.

Sophomore Amanda Linner, who competed as an individual, finished in eighth place with two strokes under par, the second-best score for the Sun Devils. Fifth-year senior Olivia Mehaffey finished the tournament one stroke under par to finish tied for ninth place. 

Freshman Ashley Menne and junior Alessandra Fanali finished one stroke over par and three strokes over par, respectively. Menne almost finished at par but hit a bogey on the final hole to finish one over, and Fanali scored bogeys on the final three holes to end the tournament.

Junior Alexandra Forsterling and freshman Breyana Matthews, who competed as an individual, finished at nine strokes over par and 27 strokes over par, respectively. 

ASU will play next in the Silverado Showdown in Silicon Valley, California, starting on April 5.


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