Arizona State’s women’s golf team earned a resounding victory Sunday at the 2022 Ping/ASU Invitational.
ASU, ranked ninth in the Golfweek/Sagarin team standings, beat the field by 15 strokes to win its 21st title in the event, a three-day, 54-hole tournament at Papago Golf Course in Phoenix.
The field was packed, but the Sun Devils emerged victorious, knocking out top-ranked Stanford and No. 2-ranked Oregon in the process. It’s the 17th team win under head coach Missy Farr-Kaye and the 96th team title in program history.
“I couldn’t be more proud of this team for the way they played this weekend,” said Farr-Kaye. “It was great to see so many fans supporting us on our way to victory.”
ASU finished 25 under. Senior Alexandra Forsterling led the way, finishing 9 under after posting scores of 66-71-70 on the par-72 course to earn medalist honors. She is the 17th ASU golfer to win the individual title at the Ping/ASU event. Sophomore Ashley Menne of Surprise finished tied for second with Emma Spitz of UCLA, two strokes behind. Freshman Calynne Rosholt finished 10th at 3 under, as did top varsity player Rose Zhang of Stanford.
The 25-under finish tied the program mark for the lowest score and the 15-under margin of victory was a Ping/ASU Invitational mark for the Sun Devils.
On the way to Augusta
Menne also has a big tournament this week, as she will be making her first appearance in the Augusta National Women’s Amateur. Menne, who also finished second earlier this year at the Lampkin Invitational, won the title in stroke play at the 2021 Arizona Women’s State Amateur. She also finished in the top five at last year’s NCAA Championship at Grayhawk. in Scottsdale.
This will be Augusta’s third National Women’s Amateur Tournament, with 42 of the top 50 players in the World Women’s Amateur Golf Rankings on the course. The field is 72 in all, with 33 American players and 39 international players. The format is two rounds of stroke play at nearby Champions Retreat Golf Club on Wednesday and Thursday. The top 30 players will then advance to the final round on Saturday at Augusta National Golf Club. The entire field of 72 will have the chance to play the famous Augusta National course for a practice round on Friday.
To do watch list
Fosterling and Rosholt have been named to the 2022 ANNIKA Award Watch List, which honors player of the year in women’s college golf. Named after Annika Sorenstam, the award is selected by college golfers, coaches, and members of the college golf media.
The award was established in 2014 and is presented at the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship in May at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale. Stanford’s Rachel Heck won it a year ago as a rookie and is on the watch list again.
Rahm falls from first place
Former Sun Devils golfer Jon Rahm has risen to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time after winning the 2021 US Open at Torrey Pines. He returned to No. 2 for a week but reclaimed the top spot after the Open Championship through Monday. After being eliminated in the round of 16 at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, Rahm was pushed back to second place.
Scottie Scheffler, who won his first PGA Tour event in February at the WM Phoenix Open in a playoff against Patrick Cantlay, is the new No. 1. Scheffler, 25, won the Arnold Palmer Invitational in early March and s is imposed on Match Play, offering him three victories in less than two months. He is the 25th different golfer to climb to No. 1 since the ranking system began in 1986.
The LPGA’s first major championship in 2022 will be the last major in Southern California.
Now known as the Chevron Championship, the event has had many names and sponsors over its 51-year history at the Dinah Shore Tournament Course at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California.
More recently it has been dubbed ANA Inspiration. It was originally the Colgate-Dinah Shore Winner’s Circle and was called the Kraft Nabisco for many years.
After 2022, the Major will relocate from Mission Hills to an as yet unannounced course near Houston. It will also find a later date on the calendar.
After banning fans due to COVID-19 restrictions in 2021 and 2020, spectators will be back this year as many celebrate the end of the era of women’s golf.