The 6th-ranked Arizona State women’s golf team started its spring season with a bang when they set out to Palos Verdes Golf Club in California for the Northrop Grumman Reg Challenge.
Olivia Mehaffey, a sophomore from Belfast, Ireland, fired an opening round 68, which put her on top of all competitors after the first round. Although Mehaffey carded a 3-under opening round, it wasn’t the most impressive part of the day.
On the second hole, a 200-yard Par 3, Mehaffey registered a hole-in-one to give herself the early lead. She would go on to make two birdies in a row after to post a strong 4-under front nine.
After round two, Mehaffey posted a 71, which was par for the course to keep herself at 3-under and in the lead.
However, round three brought some early struggles has the golfer recorded a 2-over front nine. Mehaffey would match her two bogeys on the back with two birdies, including on the 54th and final hole of the tournament to put herself in a tie for first place overall and earn co-medalist.
Despite, not winning outright, Mehaffey was still awarded a trophy for her first career individual victory.
The rest of the Sun Devils fared well as they finished 5th overall, shooting a combined 32-over par. Aside from Mehaffey’s top place finish, Roberta Liti (8-over, T18), Madison Kerley (9-over, T23), Sophia Zeeb (16-over, T54) and Raquel Olmos (32-over, T91) all competed for ASU.
Mehaffey told teammate Kerley, her goal for this semester was to win a tournament. What better way to complete the challenge, than on the first spring tournament of the season?
Although Arizona State captured a top five finish, three other Pac-12 teams finished ahead of them. UCLA took first place overall, followed by Stanford at three and Arizona at four.
The Sun Devils will travel to Hilton Head, South Carolina for the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate over spring break, (March 2-4) for their next tournament.