Arizona State’s Monica Vaughn won the national title at the NCAA Women’s Golf Championships in Sugar Grove, Illinois, on Monday.
Vaughn shot 74-72-71 to finish one stroke ahead of Jennifer Kupcho of Wake Forest and Leona Maguire of Duke, the top-ranked amateur in women’s golf.
Vaughn was four shots back with four holes to play when she made back-to-back birdies, while Kupcho hit a 9-iron into the water on 17 and three-putted for triple bogey.
Vaughn is ASU’s sixth national champion and first since 2008.
She also won medalist honors at the NCAA Regional last week while leading ASU to the team victory in Lubbock, Texas, giving the senior two wins and two second-place finishes in her last five events.
ASU still alive in team event
ASU finished the three-day, stroke-play portion on Monday in third place (+45). Northwestern was first (+33), followed by Stanford (+41).
The Sun Devils are one of eight teams left and will face Florida in the quarterfinals as match play begins.
Missy Farr-Kaye is in her second year as head coach at ASU.
Tuesday’s quarterfinal matches
- ASU vs. Florida
- Northwestern vs. Kent State
- Stanford vs. Baylor
- Ohio State vs. USC
Should the Sun Devils advance to the semis, they will face the winner of the Stanford-Baylor match.
The championship match will be on Wednesday.
ASU has seven national titles in women’s golf. Its last came in 2009.
ASU womens golf wins NCAA regional in Texas
May 11, 2017
The Arizona State women’s golf team advanced to the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2014 after winning the Lubbock Regional on Wednesday by 21 shots.
ASU finished 22-under, easily winning its first regional title since 2009 and its sixth overall.
Monica Vaughn (-8), Olivia Mehaffey (-7) and Linnea Strom (-6) finished 1-2-3 in the regional. Roberta Liti (+2) tied for 17th and Sophia Zeeb (+4) finished T-25.
The Pac-12 had ten teams qualify for the four regionals. Cal, Oregon, Stanford and USC also advanced to the NCAAs. Arizona, Colorado, Oregon State, UCLA and Washington failed to advance.
The NCAA championships are May 19-24, hosted by Northern Illinois.
Golf Channel will carry the live coverage of the final three days (May 22, 23 and 24).
1. Arizona State
5. Texas Tech
6. Kent State
Individuals: Julienne Soo, Oklahoma; Alex White,BYU; Susie Cavanagh, Oregon State.
Individuals: Martina Edberg, Cal State Fullerton; Bianca Pagdanganan, Gonzaga; Nadine White, Campbell.
3. Michigan State
6. North Carolina
Individuals: Jennifer Kupcho, Wake Forest; Laura Fuenfstueck, College of Charleston; Maya Walton – Princeton.
2. South Carolina
3. Florida State University
4. Ohio State
Individuals: Cara Gorlei, Arkansas; Camila Serrano, Florida International; Maddie Szeryk – Texas A&M.